Mokokchung, 27 October (MTNews): The Department of Industries and Commerce, Government of Nagaland stated in a press release that the Government of India has introduced the Pradhan Mantri Vishwakarma Shram Samman Yojana (PM Vishwakarma Scheme). This central sector initiative is designed to provide comprehensive support to artisans and craftspeople engaged in hands-on trades. The scheme primarily targets those who are self-employed or seeking to establish small-scale ventures in these trades. Its main objective is to improve the lives of artisans by offering them recognition, skill development, toolkit incentives, credit support, incentives for digital transactions, and marketing assistance.

Trades Covered: Carpenter, Cobbler (Shoesmith/Footwear), Boat Maker, Armourer, Blacksmith, Hammer and Tool Kit Maker, Locksmith, Sculptor (Idol Maker, Stone Carver, Stone Breaker), Goldsmith, Potter, Masons, Basket Mat Broom Maker/Coir Weaver, Doll & Toy Maker (Traditional), Barber, Garland Maker, Washerman (Dhobi), Tailor (Darzi) and Fishing Net Maker.

Eligibility Criteria:
路 Engagement in one of the 18 identified trades
路 Beneficiary’s minimum age should be 18 years
路 Registration and benefits are limited to one family member
路 Government employees and their family members are ineligible. ‘Family’ includes the husband, wife, and unmarried children.
路 PM Vishwakarma certificate and ID card for recognition
路 Skill upgradation with basic (5-7 days) and advanced skill (15 days) training, with a stipend of `500 per day during training
路 Toolkit incentives up to `15,000
路 Credit support in two tranches of ?1 lakh each (collateral-free loans)
路 Marketing support through quality certification, branding, promotion, e-commerce linkage, trade fairs, advertising, publicity, and other marketing activities.

Beneficiary enrollment will be carried out through Common Service Centres (CSC). Required documents include an Aadhaar Card, mobile number, bank details, and ration card.

The PM Vishwakarma Scheme is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of MSME (Nodal Ministry), the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, the Ministry of Finance Services, and State Governments. This scheme is expected to uplift skilled artisans and craftspeople, promoting their economic well-being while preserving traditional trades.

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