The government is going to carry out artisan survey wherein data of 4 lakh households associated with 34 crafts across Jammu and Kashmir will be compiled. Although it has not been officially confirmed, about 70 enumerators are said to be engaged in the survey. The coordinator of the survey said the survey will be completed in 8 to 9 months. The survey that will be executed under ‘Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project’ – sponsored by the World Bank – is a good decision as the artisans of Jammu and Kashmir have many grievances to share and get redressed. Notwithstanding, the government must ensure that it be a fruitful exercise. Many initiatives by the previous governments turned out to be sham exercises. For instance the cluster development programme of the government according to which small clusters of artisans were to be created to promote the arts and crafts. In fact, the government ought to have the data of the artisans. It would be a pity if the government doesn’t have the data in 2019 of thousands of artisans and workers who are associated with the traditional industry. It is also surprising as a fully functional directorate is responsible for addressing the issues related to the traditional industry and the artisans. Nevertheless, the survey with right tools and methodology may help us have the insight of imminent issues. A meticulous survey or study will take more than the stipulated time. The government must consider increasing the number of enumerators in order to make it comprehensive. Meanwhile, the survey may reveal the problems that artisans face which are already in the knowledge of the concerned authorities and people as well. It wouldn’t serve much of a purpose if the survey is not followed by some policy decision and real action to uplift this class. One of the most expressed concerns of artisans has been the want of capital. The artisans have not progressed over the years, but those involved in the business and trade have been flourishing in every corner. It is almost unheard of that any artisan owns a luxurious showroom to display his or her own work in any part of the country or abroad. Contrary to this, those involved in the trade of arts and crafts have amassed great wealth. The exploitation of artisans has largely been due to the gulf between the buyers and the makers of great pieces of arts and crafts. The survey may not present an entirely different picture, it may however substantiate what is already in public discourse. If it is not to calibrate the policy on the artisans, it is a futile exercise.