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Union Government launched Pashmina Promotion Programme (P-3) on 8 October 2014. The P-3 programme was launched at Pashmina Dehairing Plant Complex, Skalzangling, Leh by the Union Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge) Santosh Kumar Gangwar.

The Pashmina Promotion Programme will be successfully implemented in a time-bound manner so that pashmina wool production can be increased up to 65 tonnes during 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17).

About Pashmina Promotion Programme (P-3)

Under P-3, a major provision has been made for the establishment of latest technology imported Pashmina Dehairing Plant at Leh with the total grant of 19.35 crore rupees. The grant is provided for inclusion of other machineries like scouring, drying, and boiler along with construction of building for installation of these machineries at Leh.

Besides, financial assistance will also be provided under different components like
• Creation of Common Pashmina Facilitation Centre for Wool testing
• Disease Surveillance Centre
• Geographic Information System (GIS) Lab
• Shelter for Nomads
• Portable Electric Units for Handloom Spinning/Weaving
• Solarised Community Centres
• Open Fodder enclosures
• Establishment of Pashmina Dehairing Plant
• Distribution for Foundation Stock to farmers
• Construction of Shelter for Housing of Pashmina Stock

Background

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 12 August 2014 had announced to launch Pashmina Promotion Programme (P-3) with additional financial assistance for improving quality and quantity of pashmina wool as well as living standard of poor nomads of Ladakh region.
Pashmina internationally known as Cashmere is a fine luxury fibre which is produced from goat breed Changthang in the Ladakh region of India.

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