Samarth, also known as ‘Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SCBTS)’ aims to skill the youth for fruitful and sustainable employment in the textile sector. It is initiated by the Ministry of Textile, Government Of India.

Objectives of the Scheme

  • To deliver as claimed, placement aligned National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) amenable skilling program to promote and augment the efforts of the industry in establishing jobs in the organized textile and related sectors, covering the whole value chain of textiles, excluding spinning and weaving.
  • To support skilling and skill enhancement in the traditional sectors of handicrafts, handlooms, sericulture and jute.
  • To allow provision of supportable sustenance either by payment or self employment to all parts of the society across the country.

Institutional Mechanism

  1. Inter-Ministerial Committee
  2. An Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) will be established under the chairpersonship of the Minister of Textiles .
  3. The IMC will have an entire administrative role to control the growth of the scheme on a half-yearly basis.
  4. Empowered Committee (EC)

An Inter-ministerial Empowered Committee shall be chaired by the Secretary (Textiles).

The committee must have the following mandate:

  • Useful supervision and execution of the scheme.
  • Authorization of the Detailed Project Reports (DPR) submitted by the Implementing Agencies (IA).
  • Authorization of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) concerning to several aspects of the scheme.
  • The division in-charge of Samarth will be supported in the execution of the scheme by the Project Management Unit (PMU) chosen through a transparent bidding process as per GFR.
  • Resource Support Agency

The textiles committee will be the Resource Support Agency (RSA) which will carry out the following functions:

  • To determine and conclude the skill development requirements in consultation with the Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) and industry.
  • To regularize the course content and to establish the content.
  • To determine the training center’s framework with reference to the NSQF courses.
  • Proposal Evaluation Committee

Proposal Evaluation Committee (PEC) will be assigned for assessment of the proposals submitted by the Implementing Agencies (IAs) for establishment.

 Implementation Framework

The entire framework for execution, including costing for the Capacity building programs will be in coalition with the broad policy structure for skill development viz. common regulations, National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) etc. adopted by the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE). The scheme would comprise entry level courses and Training of Trainers program.

Benefits of Samarth Scheme

The benefits of the scheme are as follows:-

  • The scheme aims to skill the youth for profitable and sustainable employment in the textile sector.
  • The selection procedure for determining the trainees will be clear and inclusive.
  • Each of the training centers will be operated by a skilled trainer and support staff.
  • The content for each course/program will be needed to fulfil the highest criteria and conditions of the associated industry segment, comprising awareness about labour laws, and will be configured by the textiles committee (RSA) in deliberation with the industry.
  • In supplement to the aimed realm specific hard skills, the program will also target at conferring soft skills (life management Skills) to the trainees.
  • Approximately 70% placement will be provided to the fortunate trainees under the scheme. All 70% should be in wage employment in the case of the courses in the organized sector. Though, in case of traditional sector (Handicraft, Handloom, Silk & Jute), minimum 50% should be in wage employment with balance in self-employment, aligned with the common norms.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q-1. What are the Implementing Agencies (IAs) of the Samarth Scheme?

Ans.:- The skilling programs will be executed through the following Implementing Agencies:

  • Textile Industry.
  • Institutions/ Organizations of the Ministry of Textiles/ State Governments having a training framework and placement connectivity with the textile industry.
  • Renowned training institution / Societies/ Trusts/ NGO/ Organizations/ Companies/ Start Ups/ Entrepreneurs active in the textile sector having placement connectivity with textile industry.

Q-2. What are the media channels used by IAs for the mobilization of candidates?

Ans.:- The following media channels are used by IAs for the mobilization of candidates:

  • Print/ Electronic Media: Radio, Television, Newspapers, Billboards, Mobile Phones etc.
  • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp etc.
  • Awareness through Camps/ Melas.
  • Other forms of Media: Leaflets, Guidelines, Training materials, Standalone banners, Posters, Flyers, etc.

Q-3. How do I apply for Samarth scheme?

Ans.:- Enlistmentprocess for Registered Organizations (ROs) and Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).

  • The Samarth application form should be filled online and the scanned documents must be uploaded as needed.
  • The duly filled in form should be submitted to the National Trust portal.
  • The application fees of Rs.1000 should be paid online.

Q-4. What is the other name of Samarth Scheme?

Ans.:- Samarth Scheme is also known as the Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SCBTS).

Note :- Samarth Scheme – Samarth (Scheme For Capacity Building In Textile Sector) is a flagship skill development scheme endorsed in extension to the Integrated Skill Development Scheme for 12th FYP, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.

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