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Union MoS Dr Balyan launches PM Vishwakarma Scheme for Nagaland

Viswakarma Jayanti

KOHIMA, SEPTEMBER 17: Along with the rest of the nation, Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan today launched the PM Vishwakarma Scheme marking the celebration of Lord Vishwakarma Jayanti and also Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 73rd birthday.
Speaking at the launching ceremony at De Oriental Grand here, Dr Balyan said the PM Vishwakarma Scheme, a brainchild of our visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi, embodies the Government’s unwavering commitment to empower the skilled workforce and propel India towards a brighter and more prosperous future.
This initiative aims to harness the boundless potential of our workforce, especially those engaged in the informal sector, but have traditional rich talent and provide them with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to thrive in the ever-evolving global landscape, he said.
India, as we all know, boasts an incredibly diverse and talented workforce and the nation’s skill diversity is a treasure trove waiting to be unlocked, he said, adding that the Scheme is the key to unlock this potential.
At its core, this scheme recognizes the need for continuous upskilling and reskilling in a rapidly changing world. In today’s fast-paced global environment, where technology advances at an unprecedented rate, it is imperative that our workforce remains adaptable and well-prepared to seize emerging opportunities, he said.
“Through the PM Vishwakarma Scheme, we are providing avenues for skills development and entrepreneurship, fostering innovation and creativity, and ultimately ensuring a better livelihood for our citizens.
“This programme offers a comprehensive package of benefits”, he said.
The traditional craftsmen from Nagaland and all States would be able to showcase their products to a global audience on digital platforms at Rs.1 per digital transactions, he said, adding that the power of technology has not only expanded their reach but also increased their income significantly.
The PM Vishwakarma Scheme is not just a Government programme; it is a movement that is bringing about a sea change in the lives of our citizens, he said.
It is a testament to the fact that when the Government and the people come together with a shared vision, there is nothing that we cannot achieve, Balyan said.
The Union MoS urged each one to explore the opportunities provided by the Scheme as there is a place for an artisan, an entrepreneur, a young student, or a seasoned professional.
He said, under the scheme, there is a provision to impart basic training of 40 hours with a stipend of Rs. 500 per day and a tool kit of Rs. 15,000 would be provided in the form of grant.
He said artisans can also take the advantage of financial assistance of a collateral free loan of Rs 1 lakh in the first trench and of Rs 2 lakh provided in the second trench at 5% interest with interest subvention cap of 8% to be paid by MSME and Credit Guarantee fee to be borne by Central Government.
“Dream big, aspire for greatness, and let us work together to build a stronger, more resilient and prosperous India”, said Balyan.
He said the key highlights of the PM Vishwakarma Scheme are:
Skill Development: The scheme will provide comprehensive skill development programmes tailored to various trades, ensuring that artisans and workers remain up-to-date with industry standards and emerging technologies.
Access to Finance: It will facilitate access to financial resources and credit facilities, enabling skilled individuals to start or expand their businesses.
Technology Adoption: The scheme encourages the adoption of modern technologies and techniques, allowing artisans to enhance the quality and competitiveness of their products.
Marketing Linkages: It will establish marketing networks and platforms to help artisans showcase their creations to a broader domestic and international audience.
He informed that the following 18 sectors can avail the benefit: Carpenters, Boat Makers, Armourers, Blacksmiths, Hammer and Tool Kit Makers, Locksmiths, Goldsmiths, Potters, Sculptor, Stone breakers, Cobblers (Shoesmiths/Footwear artisans), Masons (Rajmistri), Basket/Mat/Broom Makers/Coir Weavers, Doll & Toy Makers (Traditional), Barbers, Garland makers, Washermen, Tailors and Fishing Net Makes.
(Page News Service)