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Government approves INR 13000 crore ‘PM Vishwakarma’

By PTI Updated: Aug 17, 2023 12:30 am

NEW DELHI — The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the ‘PM Vishwakarma’ scheme with a financial outlay of INR 13,000 crore for a period of five years that will benefit about 30 lakh families of traditional artisans and craftsmen, including weavers, goldsmiths, blacksmiths, laundry workers, and barbers.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On Tuesday, the prime minister announced that the scheme will be launched on Vishwakarma Jayanti on September 17.

Under the scheme, artisans and craftsmen will be provided recognition through a PM Vishwakarma certificate and ID card. They will be provided credit support of up to INR 1 lakh (first tranche) and INR 2 lakh (second tranche) with a concessional interest rate of 5 per cent.

Artisans and craftsmen will also be provided skill upgrades, tool kit incentives, incentives for digital transactions and marketing support, an official statement said.

“Under the scheme, there will be two types of skilling programmes — Basic and Advanced and a stipend of INR 500 per day will also be provided to beneficiaries while undergoing skills training,” Communication Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said while briefing the media on Cabinet decisions here.

They will also get the support of up to INR 15,000 to buy modern tools, he added.

He said in the first year, five lakh families will be covered and a total of 30 lakh families will be covered over five years from FY24 to FY28.

“The scheme aims to strengthen and nurture the ‘Guru-Shishya parampara’ or family-based practice of traditional skills by artisans and craftsmen working with their hands and tools,” the statement said.

The scheme also aims at improving the quality, as well as the reach of products and services of artisans and craftsmen and to ensure that Vishwakarmas are integrated with the domestic and global value chains, it added.

Initially, 18 traditional trades will be covered. These include carpenter (Suthar); boat maker; armourer; blacksmith; hammer and tool kit maker; locksmith; goldsmith; potter (Kumhaar); sculptor, stone breaker; cobbler; mason; basket/mat/broom maker/coir weaver; doll and toy maker (traditional); barber; garland maker; washerman; tailor; and fishing net maker.

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By PTI Updated: Aug 17, 2023 12:30:23 am
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