To apprise the industry stakeholders on the guidelines and significance of the recently launched scheme – Samarth, a Government initiative to skill the youth of the country and make them employable in the textile industry, a meeting was organised in New Delhi (India) on May 14, 2018.
In the meeting Union Minister of Textile Smrit Zubin 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 crores. 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.