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SAMARTH Scheme: Upskilling Handicrafts Artisans

In order to meet the skill gap in the industry, Ministry of Textiles is implementing Samarth Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector.

  • The objective of the scheme is to provide demand driven, placement oriented skilling programmes to supplement the efforts of the industry in creating employment in textile and related sectors, covering the entire value chain of textiles, excluding Spinning and Weaving in organized sector.
  • 1,565 artisans benefitted by training in 63 Samarth Training Centres
  • Ministry of Textiles adopts 65 clusters for overall development of artisans in a time bound manner

About Samarth Scheme

Textile ministry launched a “Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SCBTS)” in 2017 in order to fill the skill gap in textile industry. Scheme was approved for entire value chain of textile industry except weaving and spinning in organised sector. SCBTS scheme is currently known as Samarth scheme. It was launched with an outlay of Rs.1,300 crore for three years (2017-18 to 2019-20).

Objectives of Samarth Scheme

This scheme was launched with the understated objectives:

  • To provide demand-driven, placement oriented “National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) compliant skilling programmes” in order to create employment in textile and allied sectors.
  • To promote skill up-gradation as well as skilling in traditional sectors of handicrafts, handlooms, sericulture, and jute.
  • To enable a sustainable livelihood by means of self-employment or wage employment for every section of the society in India.

The salient features of the scheme are:

    • Samarth Scheme is being implemented in association with State Government agencies, sectoral organisations of Ministry of Textiles, Manufacturing Industry, Industry Associations and MSME Associations.
    • Formulated as per broad skilling framework adopted by Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
    • Comprise entry level skilling (Fresh workers) and Upskilling (existing worker).
    • Mandatory placement of trainees- 70% for entry level & 90% for upskilling under organized sector.
    • Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) and Web based centralized Management Information System (MIS) for monitoring.


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