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The Funding pattern has been revised with an increment of 5% in cost norms, which will give much needed SAMARTH Scheme...

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The government has revised the funding pattern, increasing the cost norms by 5%. Which will provide much-needed additional financial support to industries imparting skill under this Scheme.

What is the Samarth Scheme all about?

  • The Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs approved Samarth (Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector) as a flagship skill development scheme in continuation of the Integrated Skill Development Scheme for the 12th Five Year Plan.
  • The office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) is implementing the SAMARTH to provide skill training to handicraft artisans under the component ‘Skill Development in Handicrafts Sector’ of National Handicrafts Development Programme (NHDP).
  • To provide demand-driven, placement-oriented skilling programmes to incentivize the efforts of the industry in creating jobs in the organized textile and related sectors to promote skilling and skill up-gradation in the traditional sectors through respective sectoral divisions/organizations of the Ministry of Textile.
  • To provide livelihood to all sections of the society across the country.

Salient Features of Samarth Scheme

  1. Training of Trainers (ToT) – That will provide enhanced facilitation skills to the master trainers.
  2. Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) – That will ensure the credibility of the trainers and the beneficiaries.
  3. To avoid major conflicts in the functioning of the scheme, training institutes will install CCTV cameras to record training programs.
  4. Dedicated call centre with helpline number –
  5. Mobile app-based Management Information System (MIS)
  6. On-line monitoring of training processes

The central government has approved the scheme with a total outlay of Rs.1300 crores.

Other Schemes of the Textile Sector:

  • Scheme for Integrated Textile Park (SITP): Launched in 2005, it aims to provide the industry with world-class state of the art infrastructure facilities for setting up their textile units.
  • Power-Tax India: The government has designed an all-inclusive scheme to address the unheard needs of the power loom sector and promote its development.
  • Silk Samagra Scheme: It focuses on improving the quality and productivity of domestic silk thereby reducing the country’s dependence on imported silk.
  • Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (ATUFS): It is a credit linked Capital Investment Subsidy (CIS) scheme to catalyze capital investments for technology upgradation and modernization of the textile industry.
  • National Handloom Day: The handloom weaving community in India observes National Handloom Day every year on 7th August to mark the importance of their craft.
  • National Technical Textile Mission: The mission aims to position India as a global leader in Technical Textiles by increasing the domestic market size from USD 40 billion to USD 50 billion by 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions about SAMARTH Scheme

Q1: What is the Samarth Scheme?

The office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) implements the Samarth (Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector) as a flagship skill development scheme. It aims to provide skill training to handicraft artisans and promote skill development in the textile sector.

Q2: What are the objectives of the Samarth Scheme?

The objectives of the Samarth Scheme are to provide demand-driven, placement-oriented skilling programs in the textile sector, promote job creation. And provide livelihood opportunities across the country.

Q3: What are some salient features of the Samarth Scheme?

The Samarth Scheme includes features such as Training of Trainers (ToT) to enhance facilitation skills. Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) for credibility. CCTV recording of training programs, a dedicated call center with a helpline number, mobile app-based Management Information System (MIS). And online monitoring of training processes.

Q4: How much funding has been allocated to the Samarth Scheme?

The Samarth Scheme has been approved with a total outlay of Rs. 1300 crores.

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