Assistance Scheme for Handicrafts Artisans (ASHA)

The Scheme intends to provide financial assistance in the form of grant to the artisans in the handicrafts sector for setting up handicraft enterprises. The assistance is a one time support to eligible artisans of the state as back end assistance.
For the purpose of this scheme, an artisan is a person who has been categorized as such by the office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Govt. of India or SURABHI, KSBC, KADCO, HDCK, KELPALM and has taken effective steps to setup an enterprise in the handicrafts sector.

Features of the Scheme

  • Provides assistance for the Fixed Capital Investment, ie construction of Work shed/ Workshop, cost of tool, equipment, machinery and accessories, electrification, Technology support/ product / Design development.
  • For General Category artisans, assistance is 40% of the Fixed Capital Investment limited to Rs 2.00 lakh.
  • For Young (18 to 45 years), Women, SC/ST artisans, the assistance is 50% limited to Rs 3.00 lakh.

How to Apply?

Application can be submitted online or in person with all supporting documents as below. .

Required Documents

  1. Self attested copy of the identity card of the applicant.
  2. Self attested copy of the resolution towards applying for this assistance in case of the unit other than proprietary.
  3. Self attested copy of Udyam Registration of the unit.
  4. Copy of Caste Certificate (Attested by Gazetted Officer) in case of SC/ST artisans.
  5. Self attested copy of Project Report.

Sanctioning Authority

General Manager, District Industries Centre is the sanctioning authority.

Guidelines and Application Form for the Assistance under ASHA - DOWNLOAD

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Contact Details of District Level Officers for the Scheme- Assistance Scheme for Handicraft Artisans
Sl No District General Manager Mobile Number Name of Officer Incharge Designation Mobile Number Landline Number
1 Thiruvananthapuram Ajith.S 9188127001 Shiras A.S Manager 7356860615 0471-2326756
2 Kollam Biju Kurian 9188127002 Sivakumar K S Manager 9446300548 0474-2302774
3 Pathanamthitta Anil Kumar P.N 9188127003 mlni mol c g Manager 9495110555 0468-2214639
4 Alappuzha K.S Sivakumar
9188127004 Santhosh K P Deputy Registrar 9446515040 0477-2241632 / 0477-2241272
5 Kottayam M.V. Lauly 9188127005 K Jayaprakash Deputy Registrar 9447029774 0481-2573259
6 Idukki Jaya.C 9188127006 G Vinod Deputy Registar 9447707865 0486-2235207
7 Ernakulam Najeeb P.A 9188127007 Rema R Manager 9496291570 0484-2421360
8 Thrissur K.S.Kripakumar 9188127008 Jisha.K.A Manager 9447806550 487-2361945
9 Palakad Benedict William John 9188127009 Venkiteswaran K N Deputy Registar 9446152482 491-2505408
10 Malapuram Renjith Babu 9188127010 Renjith Babu Manager 9846888331 0483-2737405
11 Kozhicode Biju P Abraham
9188127011 Balarajan M K Manager 8137012889 0495-2765770
12 Wayanad Lissiyamma Samuel
9188127012 Gopakumar B Deputy Registrar 9061480466 493-6202485
13 Kannur A.S Shiras
9188127013 Ravindrakumar P V manager 8078394592 0497-2700928
14 Kasargode Sajith kumar.K 9188127014 Basheer Deputy Registrar 8921175388 0499-4255749