PM Modi Gifts ‘Vishwakarma’ Scheme To Artisans, Craftsmen On 73rd Birthday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the ‘PM Vishwakarma’ scheme for artisans, craftsmen, and those engaged in traditional skills on the occasion of ‘Vishwakarma Jayanti’. The scheme, fully funded by the Union government with an outlay of Rupees 13,000 crore, was first announced by Modi on Independence Day. 

Speaking on the launch,  Union Minister Piyush Goyal said, "In tough global situations, various events of G20 were organized in every corner of India under your (PM Modi) leadership. This connected all Indians and established it as the people’s G20. In a newspaper this morning, a senior economist called it ‘Modi’fied G20… You passed the New Delhi leaders’ declaration which will show a new direction and change the global scenario in the near future." 

"We are the oldest civilization in the world…It is important that the traditions and cultures of our people that we have inherited over thousands of years be protected…This is our identity…This is all we really are about," said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. 

About PM Vishwakarma Scheme 

Under this scheme, the beneficiaries will be provided recognition through PM Vishwakarma certificate. and ID card, skill upgradation involving basic and advanced training, toolkit incentive of ₹15,000, collateral-free credit support up to ₹1 lakh (first tranche) and ₹2 lakh (second tranche) at a concessional interest rate of 5%, incentive for digital transactions and marketing support, according to a statement by Prime Minister’s Office.

"The prime focus of PM Vishwakarma is at improving the quality as well as the reach of products and services of artisans and craftspeople and to ensure that they are integrated with the domestic and global value chains," it added.

The scheme will cover 18 traditional crafts: Carpenter, Boat Maker, Armourer, Blacksmith, Hammer and Tool Kit Maker, Locksmith, Goldsmith, Potter, Sculptor, Stone breaker, Cobbler (Shoesmith/ Footwear artisan ), Mason (Rajmistri), Basket/Mat/Broom Maker/Coir Weaver, Doll & Toy Maker (Traditional), Barber, Garland maker, Washerman, Tailor, and Fishing Net Maker.