Union Textiles Ministry signs MoU with state govts to offer skill training programmes

New Delhi, Aug 16 (KNN) The Union Textiles Ministry has signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with as many as 16 state governments to offer skill training programmes under the Samarth scheme (Scheme for capacity building in the textiles sector).

Around 4,00,000 people from across 18 states will be skilled under 'Samarth', a scheme for capacity building and skilling in the textile sector, as part of agreements signed between the Centre and the State Governments.

Several pacts to this effect were exchanged between the textile ministry and state government representatives in the presence of Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani.

While addressing the event where the participating states signed MoUs with the Centre, Irani said it has been the endeavor of the Prime Minister that for a new India we ensure that each and every citizen who seeks resources for sustenance is skilled and it is this endeavour in the sector of textiles that Samarth took shape.

She said that the signing of MoUs with State Governments shows the commitment of the Ministry to extend its support to the state agency and make them equal partners for building the spirit of national development to boost the textiles sector.

She further said that the targets set out by some of the States like Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand are much below the requirement of skilled workers in textiles industry in those states and urged them to relook at the targets.

Ministry will try to ensure that those who are not employed by the industry may get additional benefits provided by financial services under Mudra scheme. She said that the resolve to skill over 4 lakh people is a big step and every effort must be made to achieve it. The Minister said that she will be visiting the training facilities in different states to take stock of the situation, she added.

The 18 states include Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Mizoram, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Karnataka, Odisha, Manipur, Haryana, Meghalaya, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand.

The textile-related segments for which skill development will be provided towards capacity building include apparel and garmenting, knitting, metal handicraft, textile and handloom, handicraft and carpet, among others.

She also said that 75% of the workers engaged in the textiles sector and 70% of the beneficiaries of the Mudra loan are women and North Eastern States must focus on silk and jute sector and review the targets of skilling under Samarth scheme.

Published On : 17-08-2019

Source : MENA FN

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