Biswajit launches scheme aimed at skilling 25000 people
IMPHAL, 17th Oct: Textiles, Commerce and Industries Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh on Thursday launched the Live Streaming and Training of SAMARTH, a Scheme for Capacity Building in Textiles Sector at the Manipur Trade & Expo Centre, Lamboi Khongnangkhong.
Addressing at the formal launch function, Biswajit, while stating that Manipur is the first state to conduct training under the scheme, said that the state had signed an agreement on August 14 in the presence of Union Minister Smriti Zubin Irani to take up project SAMARTH and impart skill development to 25,000 youths in the state in fields of apparel, designing, handicrafts, handloom and processing (dyeing & printing) on a batch-by-batch basis.
The minister continued that SAMARTH, which is also known as the Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SCBTS), would provide demand driven placement oriented skills. The scheme aims to enable provision of sustainable livelihood by either wage or self-employment to all sections of the society, he added.
Biswajit then said that the scheme in the state targets to provide skill development trainings to 25000 youths in batches. He also stressed that authorities concerned should focus on imparting the training in all the districts so as to encourage weavers of all districts as and when favourable circumstances prevail.
Further informing that the state has witnessed an increase in the number of weavers and looms over the years, he cited the Fourth All India Handloom Census 2019-20, which indicated that the number of weavers has increased to 2,12,481 in 2019-20 from 2,04,319 in 2009-10 and 2,11,148 looms in 2019-20 from 1,90,634 in 2009-10.
Contending that the increase in number of weavers only show the standing of handloom in our society, Biswajit observed that the handloom/textile sector is second to only agriculture as a source of livelihood, while acknowledging the efforts and support of the weavers. Encouraging the youth, he said that no skilled labour or worker will remain idle, if all workers become skilled.
Seeking support and cooperation of all, the minister said that the department cannot survive alone and needs cooperation and sharing of ideas with all.
He also explained about the various schemes and programmes including Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans & Craftsmen (MEETAC), Delivery Scheme among others, including the upcoming MANITEX event.
Director Lamlee Kamei delivered the welcome address.
Presided over by MHHDC Ltd chairman S Rajen Singh, the programme was attended by KVIB, chairman L Radhakishore Singh, MANIDCO Ltd chairman Dr Radheshyam Yumnam and Kshetrigao A/C MLA Nahakpam Indrajit as guests of honour.
Principal Secretary (Textiles, Commerce and Industries) P Vaiphei attended the event as chief host.
Meanwhile, as part of the programme, Project Managers of District Handlooms and Textiles, Manipur, WSC Imphal were honoured in recognition of their contribution in the field.