The Union Textiles Ministry signed a Memorandum of Understanding with 16 State governments on Wednesday to offer skill training programmes under the Samarth scheme (Scheme for capacity building in the textiles sector).
A press release said 18 States had agreed to partner with the Ministry under the scheme. The agencies nominated by the State Governments will train four lakh people. After the training, the candidates will be placed at the textile units.
Speaking at the function, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani said the signing of agreements showed the ‘commitment of the Ministry to extend support to State agencies and make them equal partners’ to boost the textiles sector.
The targets set by some States were below the requirement of skilled workers by the textiles industry in those States.
She urged such States to review their targets. Textiles Secretary Ravi Capoor said there was a requirement of 16 lakh trained skilled workers in the industry. The scheme looks at making workers employable.