PM Vishwakarma Scheme launched for traditional artisans and craftsmen

PM Vishwakarma Scheme launched for traditional artisans and craftsmen

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched PM Vishwakarma Yojana for traditional artisans and craftsmen on the occasion of Vishwakarma Jayanti this year. The scheme was launched on September 17, 2023, on the occasion of Vishwakarma Jayanti, at the India International Convention and Expo Center in Dwarka, New Delhi. Through this scheme, loan assistance and training will be provided for skill upgradation.

People engaged in traditional crafts have always received support from Prime Minister Modi. The PM’s focus is driven not just by providing economic support to artisans and craftsmen but also by the desire to keep the age-old tradition, culture and diverse heritage alive and thriving through local products, arts and crafts.

PM Vishwakarma Scheme

The ‘PM Vishwakarma’ scheme will be fully funded by the Central Government with an outlay of Rs 13,000 crore. Under this scheme, free registration of artisans and craftsmen will be done through common service centers using biometric based PM Vishwakarma portal. Under this scheme, a daily allowance of Rs 500 will be given and a toolkit incentive of Rs 15,000 will also be given. Artisans and craftsmen can avail collateral-free loan assistance up to Rs 1 lakh (first installment) and Rs 2 lakh (second installment) (3 lakh) at a concessional interest rate of 5 per cent under this scheme. The government will also help in branding, packaging and marketing of the products prepared by the artisans.

The main objective of PM Vishwakarma Yojana is to strengthen and nurture the family-based practice of traditional skills by Teacher-Student Parampara or artisans working with their own hands and tools. The main focus of the scheme is to improve the quality of products and services of artisans and craftsmen so that they are integrated with domestic and global value chains. The scheme will provide assistance to artisans and craftsmen in rural and urban areas across India.

How to apply for PM Vishwakarma Yojana?

  • The applicant must be a citizen of India.
  • The beneficiary should belong to one of the 18 trades prescribed for the scheme.
  • The age of the applicant should be between 18 years to 50 years.
  • The applicant must have a certificate in the relevant trade from a recognized institute.
  • Must belong to one of the 140 castes included in the scheme.

Required Documents

  • Aadhar card
  • PAN card
  • Income certificate
  • Caste certificate
  • Identity card
  • Address proof
  • Passport size photograph
  • Bank passbook

How to apply for PM Vishwakarma Yojana?

  1. Applicants first click on the official website of the scheme
  2. Click on the login button on the homepage of the website and select the ‘Applicant/Beneficiary Login’ option.
  3. Now verify mobile and Aadhaar.
  4. Then apply for artisan registration form and fill this form carefully.
  5. Submit this form by checking the information entered by you and the documents uploaded.
  6. After this download PM Vishwakarma Digital ID and Certificate.
  7. After receiving the PM Vishwakarma Digital ID, you can apply for various components of the scheme.

18 traditional crafts will be included under PM Vishwakarma Scheme:

  1. Carpenter
  2. Yacht builder
  3. Armorer
  4. Blacksmith
  5. Hammer and Tool kit manufacturer
  6. Locksmith
  7. Goldsmith
  8. Potter
  9. Sculptor, stonecutter
  10. Cobbler (shoe/shoe artisan)
  11. Raj Mistri
  12. Basket/Mat/Broom Maker/Coir Weaver
  13. Doll and toy manufacturers
  14. Barber
  15. Garland maker
  16. Washerman
  17. Tailor
  18. Fishing net maker

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