1.   Assistance Scheme for Handicrafts Artisans (ASHA)

The Assistance Scheme for Handicrafts Artisans( ASHA) replaced the existing Scheme “Entrepreneur Assistance Scheme in Handicrafts” and aims to bring the artisans in the handicrafts sector under the ambit of a Single Scheme for availing financial assistance in the form of grant assistance for setting up handicraft enterprises.


The Assistance Scheme for Handicraft artisans intends to

i)      Provide extensive Support to Artisans in the Handicrafts Sector for setting up Handicrafts-based micro enterprises.

ii)    Give one time support (grant) to eligible artisans of the state as a back end assistance.

The key features of the Schemes are

1)   The Scheme envisages extending one-time assistance to Artisans who set up a micro enterprise in the handicrafts sector.

2)   The support will be extended as a back-end financial assistance in the form of grant upon commissioning of the enterprise and after filing EM Part II/ Udyog Adhar.

3)   40% of the expenditure on Fixed Capital Investments (FCI) subject to a ceiling of Rs.2 lakhs and 50% of the expenditure on fixed capital Investment for women, SC/ST and young artisans subject to a ceiling of Rs.3 lakhs will be given as assistance

4)   The principal elements of Fixed Capital Investment include the cost of constructing work shed/workshop, essential tools, equipment, machinery and accessories and electrification. Technology transfer fees/consultancy charge/Product/Design development charges will be considered for financial assistance.

5)   The Artisan has to apply in the prescribed format with copies of bills/vouchers/invoice/assessments in support of the investments claimed as FCI.

6)   The applicant should be enrolled as an artisan/craftsman under the office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) or Surabhi, HDCK Ltd., KELPALM, KSBC, KADCO.

7)   There is no fee charged for applying for assistance.

                        8)   General Manager, District Industries Centre will be the sanctioning authority. The amount will be disbursed through bank.


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 Rajeev.G 9446222830 Shiras A.S  manager 7356860615 0471-2326756
2 Kollam Biju Kurian 9446364529 Sivakumar K S manager 9446300548 0474--2302774
3 Pathanamthitta Anil Kumar P.N 9446545440 mlni mol c g manager 9495110555 0468-2214639
4 Alappuzha Renjith C.O 8281936494 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 P.S.Sureshkumar 7025558031 G Vinod Deputy Registar 9447707865 :0486-2235207
7 Ernakulam Biju.P.Abraham 9446384433 Rema R  manager 9496291570 0484-2421360
8 Thrissur K.S.Kripakumar 9446384841 Jisha.K.A manager 9447806550 487-2361945
9 Palakad Gireesh.M 9495135649 Venkiteswaran K N Deputy Registar 9446152482 491-2505408
10 Malapuram Renjith Babu 9188127010 Renjith Babu manager 9846888331 91483-2737405
11 Kozhicode Najeeb P.A 9188127011 .Balarajan M K Manager 8137012889 0495-2765770
12 Wayanad Anish Nair.M  8848109505 Gopakumar B Deputy Registrar 9061480466 493-6202485
13 Kannur T.O Gangadharan 9497857014 Ravindrakumar P  V manager 8078394592 0497-2700928
14 Kasargode  Sajith kumar.K  9847747025 Basheer Deputy Registrar 8921175388 0499-4255749




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