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15-May-2018

A new Scheme, Samarth is introduced with an objective to skill youth for gainful and sustainable employment in the textile sector. It was addressed by the Union Textiles Minister, Smriti Zubin Irani in the meeting of stakeholders on Samarth in New Delhi yesterday.

This new scheme has been launched for Capacity Building in Textile Sector under the Skill India Mission to familiarize the stakeholders about the scheme and its guidelines. The scheme covers the entire value chain of textiles, excluding spinning and weaving.

The meeting was attended by the senior officials of the Textiles Ministry, institutions and organizations under it, representatives of textile industry, State Governments, training institutions among others.

Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta and Secretary, Textiles, Anant Kumar Singh also addressed the stakeholders. The concerns of the stakeholders and challenges faced by them during implementation of the previous scheme were discussed in the meeting. Feedback from the concerned stakeholders on how the scheme can contribute and benefit the textile industry and boost skill development in the respective sector was also discussed.

Samarth, approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 20th of December last year, is intended to provide demand driven, placement oriented National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) compliant skilling programmes to incentivize and supplement the efforts of the industry in creating jobs in the textiles sectors. The scheme targets to train 10 lakh persons (9 lakhs in organised and 1 lakh in traditional sector) over a period of 3 years (2017-20), with an outlay of Rs. 1300 crore. The guidelines of the scheme were released on 23rd of April 2018.

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