Tex­tile Min­istry holds meet for smooth ex­e­cu­tion of its new scheme

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To ap­prise the in­dus­try stake­hold­ers on the guide­lines and sig­nif­i­cance of the re­cently launched scheme – ‘Sa­marth’, a meet­ing was or­gan­ised in New Delhi. This is a Govern­ment ini­ti­ta­tive to skill the youth of the coun­try and make them em­ploy­able in the tex­tile in­dus­try. In the meet­ing, Union Min­is­ter of Tex­tile Sm­riti Irani, Min­is­ter of State for Tex­tiles Ajay Tamta and Sec­re­tary, Tex­tiles Anant Ku­mar Singh ex­plained the in­dus­try play­ers about the pros of the scheme and ad­dressed their is­sues as well.

Se­nior ex­ec­u­tives of Tex­tile Min­istry, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of tex­tile in­dus­try and State Gov­ern­ments’ of­fi­cials, along with top brass of in­sti­tu­tions and or­gan­i­sa­tions un­der the Min­istry, at­tended the meet. The scheme was ap­proved by the Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee in December last year which is in­tended to en­cour­age demand-driven, place­ment-ori­ented and Na­tional Skills Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Frame­work (NSQF)-based pro­grammes for in­creased em­ploy­ment in the sec­tor.

It is im­por­tant to mention that the guide­lines for this scheme were an­nounced last month only which cited that Sa­marth will also lend fi­nan­cial help to the bud­ding tex­tile en­trepreneurs in es­tab­lish­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing units. Markedly, the Sa­marth scheme aims to train 10 lakh peo­ple (9 in or­gan­ised and 1 in tra­di­tional sec­tor by 2020), at a cost of

Rs. 1,300 crore. The fund­ing for this pro­gramme is based on per hour cost as set by NSQF.

The agenda of the meet was to re­solve the chaos cre­ated by the un­pleas­ant ex­e­cu­tion of the Govern­ment schemes in the past. The Min­istry un­der­stood the is­sues faced by the in­dus­try play­ers when it comes to the im­ple­men­ta­tion part and tried to ad­dress the same. Feed­back from the stake­hold­ers on how the scheme can con­trib­ute and ben­e­fit the tex­tile in­dus­try and boost skill de­vel­op­ment was also de­lib­er­ated.

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