RS 1,300 CRORE SKILL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME ANNOUNCED FOR TEXTILE SECTOR

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NEW DELHI- With an aim to create jobs in the textile and related sectors, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a new development skill scheme at an expenditure of Rs 1,300 crore. The scheme will cover the entire value chain of textiles excluding spinning and weaving in the organised sector. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Through the scheme, nearly 10 lakh people are expected to be skilled and certified in various segments of the textile sector. The scheme also aims at placing 70 per cent of the certified trainees in the wage employment. The report also mentions that post-placement will be made mandatory under the scheme. The objectives of the scheme are to provide demand driven, placement-oriented skilling programme in order to incentivize the efforts of the industry in creating jobs in the organised textile and related sectors. It is aimed at providing livelihood to all sections of the society across the country including to rural, remote, LWE affected, North East, J&K by imparting skills in the identified job roles. Various social groups like SC, ST, differently-abled, minorities will be given preference. The scheme will also help meet the in-house requirement of manpower. Reputed training institutes having placements tie-ups with textile industry will be rolling out the scheme. The skilling requirement in the traditional sectors such as handlooms, handicrafts, jute, silk etc will be considered as special projects through respective sectoral divisions/ organisations. More than 10 lakh people of which around 70 per cent were women, have been trained under previous scheme of skill development implemented by the Ministry of Textiles. The skilling programmes would be implemented through: (a) Textile Industry /Units in order to meet the in-house requirement of manpower; (b) Reputed training institutions relevant to textile sector having placement tie-ups with textile industry/ units; and (c) Institutions of Ministry of Textiles /State Governments having placement tie-ups with textile industry/units. The scheme will broadly adopt the following strategy: (a) Job role wise skilling targets will be based on skill gap identified for various levels i.e. Entry level courses, Up-skilling/ Re-skilling (supervisor, managerial training, advanced courses for adapting technology etc.), Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Training of Trainers, Entrepreneurship Development. (b) Segment Wise/ Job role wise requirement of skill needs will be assessed from time to time in consultation with the industry. (c) Web-based monitoring will be adopted for steering every aspect of implementation of the programme. (d) Skilling requirement in the traditional sectors such as handlooms, handicrafts, jute, silk etc. will be considered as special projects through respective Sectoral Divisions/organizations. Skill upgradation will be supported further for entrepreneurial development through provision of MUDRA loans. (e) With a view to make outcomes measurable, successful trainees will be assessed and certified by an accredited Assessment Agency. (f) Atleast 70% of the certified trainees are to be placed in the wage employment. Post Placement tracking will be mandatory under the scheme. (g) Acknowledging the high levels of employment of women in the sector post training, all partner institutions will be required to comply with the guidelines regarding Internal Complaints Committee to be constituted under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013 to become eligible for funding under the scheme.

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