Samarth Sheme

Samarth Scheme is a flagship programme and demand driven umbrella skilling programme of Ministry of Textiles to make age old indian textiles industry more competitive to face future challenges from international markets. This scheme for capacity building in textile sector was launched in 2017 for a period of three years until 2020 with an aim to educate and train 10 lakh people from unemployed youth and existing textile workforce of the country. Textile industry in India is facing shortage of skilled workers and to address this issue, Central Government has launched Samarth Scheme. Due to covid-19 pandemic crisis, the scheme was suspended in some areas but restored later. Ministry of Textile has extended the implementation period of the scheme until 2024.

Samarth Scheme aims to provide incentives and create more job opportunities in textile sector. Samarth initiative dispenses entry level skilling programme for unemployed youth to bring new skilled workers into textile sector and also conducting upskilling and re-skilling programmes for the existing workforce. The training programmes and course caricculum have been justified keeping in view the technological and market demand of the domestic and international economies.

Importance of Textile industry in India

Textile sector of India is the second largest employer after agriculture and it employes more than 40 million people directly and more than 50 million people in related sectors. This industry is a better opportunity for eliminating unemployment in the country. Participation of women workforce in the textile industry is noteworthy and more than 30 percent of total textile workforce are women. From the traditional methods to tech-enabled methods will boost Indian textile production and exports to a promising level. India has adequate raw materials to run these most promising industry as the largest producer of cotton and jute, second largest producer of silk and fibre.

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