The Soft Toys Production unit of the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom, Zero Point, Gangtok is one of the prominent sectors for support and creation of self employment in Sikkim. This sector is being re-energized into a home to home industry through a project initiative namely “Production and Training for Soft Toys at Gangtok, Sikkim “funded by the North Eastern Council, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and also Government of Sikkim. The toy making craft is an activity that can supplement and contribute to the family income and also create self employment. The focus of the department is therefore to facilitate continuous capacity building and skill upgradation in this sector and thereby create a resource base of trained manpower. Quality standardization and product diversification are two important areas of focus and therefore the best raw materials for creation of quality products are being used in the training centres. The training module has been oriented in such a manner so as to emphasis and promote products that are closely connected with the environment and also identify with the local ethos. Our main motto is to offer quality products to our valued customers at competitive prices.
The Soft Toys Sector provides self employment and income to the large number of artisan in terms of quality and cost comparativeness of the soft toys products of DHH are compared to the best of the world. Presently, one project on "Production and Training on Soft Toys at Gangtok, Sikkim" funded by North East Council is underway and 225 numbers of trainees are being trained all over the state.
The department is required to ensure placement and create self employment for the trainees within and outside the state.