‘Vishwakarma scheme will aid 30 lakh artisan families’

Syllabus: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

Why in NEWS

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approves the scheme with an outlay of ₹13,000 crore; it was announced by PM in his Independence Day speech and will give craft persons credit support

About the Scheme

  • The scheme aims to strengthen and nurture the “Guru-Shishya Parampara” (teacher student tradition) or the family-based practice of traditional skills by artisans and craftspeople working with their hands and tools.
  • The scheme also aims at improving the quality, as well as the reach of products and services of artisans and craftspeople and to ensure that the Vishwakarma’s are integrated with the domestic and global value chains.
  • Eighteen traditional trades will be covered under the scheme.
  • Artisans and craftspeople will get PM Vishwakarma certificate and ID card, credit support up to ₹1 lakh (first tranche) and ₹2 lakh (second tranche) at a concessional interest rate of 5%.
  • Briefing reporters, Union Minister said there will be two types of skilling programmes — basic and advanced under the scheme and a stipend of ₹500 per day will also be provided to beneficiaries while undergoing skill training.
  • 30 lakh families will be covered over five years of the scheme.

Eighteen traditional

  • carpenter
  • boat maker
  • armourer
  • blacksmith
  • hammer and tool kit maker
  • locksmith
  • goldsmith
  • potter
  • sculptor
  • stone breaker
  • cobbler
  • mason
  • basket/mat/broom maker/coir weaver
  • traditional doll and toy maker
  • barber
  • garland maker
  • washerman
  • tailor
  • fishing net maker

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