The employees of Himachal Pradesh State Handicrafts and Handlooms Corporation will be provided with a 3 per cent DA with effect from July 7, 2016. This was decided at a meeting of the Board of Directors of HP State Handlooms and Handicrafts Corporation held on the 28th July 2017. The meeting was presided over by Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri. Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that the Development Commissioner for Handicrafts, Ministry of Textiles, Govt of India, has sanctioned four projects for the state with a total outlay of Rs 61.40 lakh. These projects are Chamba Rumal embroidery at Chamba, miniature paintings at Rait in Kangra district, metal craft at Chamba and shawl weaving at Dulehar in Una district. He further added that under these projects, 160 artisans would be benefited. He also informed that the corporation had registered a total sale of Rs 771.23 lakh during the first quarter of the current financial year. The corporation has also participated in Textiles India-2017 at Gandhinagar in Gujarat, and that the corporation has sent a proposal to organise Gandhi Shilp Bajar at Una, Hamirpur, Mandi and Dharamsala. A proposal has also been sent to organise exhibitions at Kolkata, Patna, Lucknow, Agra and Varanasi during the current financial year, he added, directing the corporation to diversify its activities so as to make it profitable.