Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the “PM Vishwakarma” scheme on September 17, 2023, in New Delhi. The scheme aims to support and promote traditional crafts and artisans. It will be fully funded by the Union Government with an allocation of Rs 13,000 crore.
- Artisans, referred to as Vishwakarmas, will be registered for free through Common Services Centres using a biometric-based portal.
- Vishwakarmas will receive recognition through a certificate and ID card, skill training, a toolkit incentive of ₹15,000, and collateral-free credit support at concessional interest rates.
- The scheme focuses on preserving the Guru-Shishya parampara (teacher-student tradition) and improving the quality and reach of artisanal products and services.
- It covers 18 traditional crafts, including carpentry, blacksmithing, pottery, weaving, and more.
- The scheme targets both rural and urban artisans across India.
- It aims to integrate artisans into domestic and global value chains.
- PM Vishwakarma will incentivize digital transactions and provide marketing support to artisans and craftspeople.
Q.: What is the primary objective of the PM Vishwakarma Scheme?
a) Promoting modern industries
b) Preserving traditional crafts and supporting artisans
c) Enhancing agricultural productivity
d) Boosting the tourism sector
Ans : b) Preserving traditional crafts and supporting artisans