In 2017, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) sanctioned the Samarth Scheme, also called the Capacity Building in the Textile Sector (SCBTS). It aims to have an accelerated supply of skilled personnel in the labour-intensive textile sector under the Ministry of Textiles.
With the goal to coach 10 lakh people (9 lakh in organised and 1 lakh in the traditional sector of handicrafts, handlooms, jute and sericulture) with National Skills Framework Qualification (NSFQ) between 2017-2020, the scheme offers placement-oriented training as per demand in the market. It covers textile chains (except weaving and spinning) where it focuses on sustainable living by ensuring wages for a particular period or creating jobs.
The key objective of the scheme is to strengthen the endeavours of the textile sector with the revision of the structure through developing new skills, especially in the traditional sectors, leading to self-employment among youth.
The centre gave its nod to the scheme with a layout worth Rs 1300 crores. Under the exports sector from textiles, it targets to attain more than 300 billion USD by 2025. 18 State Governments have been given a training set of 3.6 lakh beneficiaries to hold training programmes in traditional and organised sectors. The states agreed to MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Ministry on August 14, 2019.
The scheme includes the Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS), which maintains the reliability of the trainers and the receivers, CCTV recording of training events placed at the institutions to prevent any disputes in the running of the scheme. It also includes training of Trainers to guide them with skills, a specific call centre with its helpline number and a mobile application as per the standards of Management Information System (M.I.S.).
The textile sector comprises 17% of its export earnings while contributing 4% to the G.D.P. (Gross Domestic Product). Nearly 14% of the industrial production is a result of it. Hence, the Samarth scheme is an opportunity for all in the industry.
There is a centralised web-based Management Information System (M.I.S.), which is for supervising and putting the scheme in effect M.I.S. serves as an integrated space for enrollment and empanelment when it comes to overseeing the plan of the agencies executing such activities.
The textile committee will make the final check by recognising the requirements of the skill development course. It is tasked with the upgradation and standardisation of the content to be provided under the training programme.
It will consider the accreditation procedure, certification needs and evaluation requirements and overall workings related to it. Further, there will be precise specifications and the presence of all provisions and infrastructure which will be made available at the training institutions.
Following are the steps to apply online for the Samarth Scheme:
- Go to the official website at https://samarth-textiles.gov.in/.
- While being at the homepage, tap on the “Candidate Registration” link available in the main menu to open the Samarth Scheme online registration form 2021
- Now, the applicants can fill in the information requested, such as name, D.O.B., mobile number, e-mail I.D., state, district, address, training centre, and tap at the “Submit” button to process the Samarth Scheme online application form.