The Ministry of Textiles (MoT) has introduced a new scheme titled “Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SCBTS)” which shall be known as “समर्थ (Samarth)”. The Samarth is launched with a view to transform the unskilled manpower to skilled workforce in various sectors like Garment, Knitting, Processing, Manmade & Synthetic fibres and other unorganised textile sector/sub-sector and trade including traditional sectors like Jute, Silk, Handloom, Handicraft & Carpet by running the certified skill development programme in these sectors across the country. The proposed scheme is with target outlay Rs. 1300 crore as government contribution with a physical target to train 10 lakh personnel (9 lakh personnel in organised & 1 lakh personnel in traditional sectors) over the period of 3 years (2017-2020).
The previous scheme of Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) addressed the critical gap of skilled manpower in textile industry through industry-oriented training programmes. It was implemented through three components where major thrust was given to PPP mode in which a forged partnership had been developed with the industry in establishing a demand-driven skilling ecosystem. Under this scheme, so far a total of 10.84 lakh people have been provided skilling, out of which 10.12 lakh have been assessed and 8.05 lakh have been placed. The scheme had been largely aligned with the common norms of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.
Objectives of the SAMARTH:
Keeping in view, the demand for skilled workforce, the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India is implementing the ‘Samarth’ with following objectives.
- To provide demand driven, placement oriented National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) compliant skilling programmes to incentivize and supplement the efforts of the industry in creating jobs in the organized textile and related sectors; covering the entire value chain of textiles, excluding Spinning & Weaving.
- To promote skilling and skill up-gradation in the traditional sectors of handlooms, handicrafts, sericulture and jute.
- To enable provision of sustainable livelihood either by wage or self-employment to all sections of the society across the country.