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SAMARTH Program: 43 New Implementing Partners Enlisted, Aiming to Train 75,000 More Beneficiaries

The expansion of SAMARTH Scheme, through the addition of implementing partners and increased training targets, signifies the government's commitment to promoting skill development and creating employment opportunities in the textiles sector.

Shivam Dwivedi
SAMARTH Program: 43 New Implementing Partners Enlisted, Aiming to Train 75,000 More Beneficiaries (Representative Photo Source: Pexels)
SAMARTH Program: 43 New Implementing Partners Enlisted, Aiming to Train 75,000 More Beneficiaries (Representative Photo Source: Pexels)

In a recent meeting held on July 11, the Empowered Committee for Scheme for Capacity Building in Textiles Sector (SAMARTH) announced the inclusion of 43 new implementing partners and an additional target of training approximately 75,000 beneficiaries. The decision was made to enhance the skill development of the workforce in the textile sector.

To provide adequate financial support to industries involved in imparting skills under the SAMARTH Scheme, the funding pattern has been revised, increasing the cost norms by 5%. This increase is expected to offer much-needed assistance to industries participating in the scheme.

The Ministry of Textiles has joined forces with a total of 157 Textile Industries/Industry Associations, 16 Central/State Government Agencies, and 3 Sectoral Organizations of the Ministry. These partnerships aim to effectively carry out training programs under the SAMARTH Scheme.

The scheme has already made significant progress, covering 28 states and 6 union territories across the country. It focuses on training individuals from all sections of society, including SC, ST, and other marginalized categories. Out of the allocated target of training 4.72 lakh beneficiaries, approximately 1.88 lakh individuals have already undergone training. Notably, more than 85% of the beneficiaries trained so far under the scheme are women. Additionally, more than 70% of the beneficiaries who completed organized sector courses have secured placements.

SAMARTH is a demand-driven and placement-oriented umbrella skilling program formulated by the Ministry of Textiles, in line with the broader skilling policy framework adopted by the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. The scheme aims to incentivize and support the efforts of the industry in generating employment opportunities in the organized textile and related sectors.

In addition to providing entry-level skilling, SAMARTH also offers special provisions for upskilling and re-skilling programs. These programs focus on improving the productivity of existing workers in segments such as apparel and garmenting. Furthermore, SAMARTH addresses the upskilling and re-skilling requirements of traditional textile sectors, including handloom, handicraft, silk, and jute.

With its inclusive approach and focus on empowering individuals from various sections of society, the scheme is poised to make a significant impact on the industry and the lives of beneficiaries across the country.

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