Samarth – The Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SCBTS) gets a push!
16 State Governments inked MoU with Ministry of Textiles (MoT) to take the aforementioned scheme forward. The signing cermony took place at a function in New Delhi recently.
While 18 states agreed to partner with MoT, Jammu & Kashmir and Odisha stayed away from the function.
MoT has allocated more than 3.5 lakh targets to the agencies nominated by State Governments to implement this scheme. Following the training, employment will be provided to all these beneficiaries in various textile-related activities. Importantly, the programme covers the entire value chain of the textiles sector except spinning and weaving.
So, what’s the training programme about!
It involves advanced technology-oriented features including Aadhaar Based Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS), CCTV recording, dedicated call centre, Mobile App-based Management Information System and online monitoring.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani, said that the signing of MoUs with State Governments shows the commitment of the Ministry to extend its support to the state agency and make them equal partners for building the spirit of national development to boost the textiles sector.
She further added that the targets set out by some of the States like Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand are much below the requirement of skilled workers in textiles industry in those states and urged them to revisit the targets.
Of the total 4 lakh targets set, a major hub like Tamil Nadu has been assigned only 1,400. However, other bigwigs like Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka have been assigned 99,000 and 52,580, respectively. Notably, Assam has been assigned 67,065 target.
The minister also said thatMoT will try to ensure that those who are not employed by the industry may get additional benefits provided by financial services under Mudra scheme. She said that the resolve to skill over 4 lakh people is a big step and every effort must be made to achieve it. Besides, she said that she will be visiting the training facilities in different states to take stock of the situation.
“75 per cent of the workers engaged in the textiles sector and 70 of the beneficiaries of the Mudra loan are women. The North Eastern States must focus on silk and jute sector and review the targets of skilling under Samarth scheme,” said the Minister.
Secretary Textiles, Ravi Capoor, in his address, said that India is a very small player in the global market and there is a huge potential of employment generation in the textiles sector.
Secretary Textiles also informed that there is a gap of 16 lakh trained skilled workers in textiles industry. He further added that high standards have been set out in the Samarth scheme for the skilling of the workers so that they are readily employable by the industry. He said that the level of training has to be very good so that the objective of providing meaningful employment to the skilled workers is fulfilled.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message on skill development under Samarth scheme was read out during the function. A short video film on the scheme was screened on the occasion and a souvenir was also released during the function.
MoT, as a part of the Government’s broad focus on skill development, implemented the flagship scheme (2010 to 2017) of skilling in textiles sector, Integrated Skill Development Scheme with a target to provide 15 lakh additional skilled workers to the textiles sector by 2017. Under the scheme, 11.14 lakh persons were trained by March 2018 and 8.41 lakh persons were provided placement.
With a view to leverage the institutional capability created by the Ministry and the synergy/collaboration achieved with the industry and the State Governments, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its approval for a new skill development scheme, titled Samarth – Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SCBTS)” from 2017-18 to 2019-20. It is a placement-oriented programme for meeting the skill requirements of textiles industry.
The scheme aims at the skill development of 10 lakh youth upto 2020 in the entire value chain of textiles, excluding spinning and weaving in the organised sector, with a projected outlay of Rs. 1,300 crore.