Skill development scheme for textile workers announced

Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran on Thursday launched a new scheme to improve the skills of workers in the various segments of the textile industry.

To begin with, the Ministry planned to improve the skills of 2.56 lakh workers at a cost of Rs.272 crore in the balance two years of the current XI Plan (2010-11 and 2011-12).

It would then be stepped up to meet the target of skill upgradation for a total of 30 lakh workers by 2015 set by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in his budget speech and the target of training for 100 lakh textile workers by 2022 fixed under the National Skill Development Policy. “What we are now taking is only a tiny step. It is more of a pilot project. Once we succeed with this, we will expand it. We are committed to fulfil the targets set by the Finance Minister and the National Skill Development Policy'', Mr. Maran said, when pointed out that the scheme that was being announced fell far short of the targets.

The scheme would be implemented by leveraging the existing resources and infrastructure available with the Textile Ministry and the industry including the National Institute of Fashion Technology, textile research associations, the Powerloom and Weavers' Service Centre and the research and training centres under the Central Silk Board.

To cover all segments

It would cover all the segments of the industry and all facets, including training in emerging technologies, managerial skills and entrepreneurship development. The training programmes would be designed based on the needs of the industry and the emphasis would be on measurable outcomes.

“We are not interested in merely turning out trained manpower. The main focus would be on employability. The aim would be to help the workers to earn more and at the same time help the industry compete in the world market more effectively'', Mr.Maran said.

The government would spend Rs.229 crore and the balance would come as fee or contribution from the industry. It would be formally launched on October 2.

2.56 lakh workers to benefit initially, says Maran

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