An Overview of SAMARTH

The ‘Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SCBTS)’ also known by the name “समर्थ (Samarth)”, signifying the broad objective of the scheme to skill the youth for gainful and sustainable employment in the textile sector.  

The scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of Textiles, GoI.  

Implementing Agency:  

  • Textile Industry.  
  • Institutions/Organization of the Ministry of Textiles/State Governments having training infrastructure and placement tie-ups with the textile industry.  
  • Reputed training institutions/ NGOs/ Societies/ Trusts/ Organizations/ Companies /Start Ups / Entrepreneurs active in textile sector having  placement tie-ups with textile industry. 

 

Objectives:  

  • To provide demand-driven, placement oriented National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) compliant skilling programmes to incentivize and supplement the efforts of the industry in creating jobs in the organized textile and related sectors, covering the entire value chain of textile, excluding Spinning and Weaving.  
  • To promote skilling and skill upgradation in the traditional sectors of handlooms, handicrafts, sericulture and jute.  
  • To enable the provision of sustainable livelihood either by wage or self-employment to all sections of the society across the country.  

Strategy:  

  • Aadhaar enabled biometric attendance system with a minimum of 80% attendance for assessment  
  • Training by certified trainers having Training of Trainers (ToT) certification by RSA/SSCs  
  • CCTV recording for the entire training programme and assessment process.  
  • Third-party assessment and certification by assessment agencies empanelled by RSA  
  • Placement linked skilling programme with mandatory wage employment in the organized sector (70%) and in the traditional sector (50%) and post-placement  tracking for one year  
  • Random physical verification of active training centres  
  • NSQF aligned courses 
  • Robust MIS and real-time Scheme information publicized on Ministry of Textiles website.  
  • Call centre (Helpline) set-up to collect feedback  
  • Mobile app for different stakeholders to ease out monitoring and implementation mechanism.  
  • Preference is given to marginalized social groups and 115 aspirational  districts  
  • Public Grievance redressal with designated Grievance Redressal Officer from the Ministry of Textiles  
  • Internal complaints committee to be constituted under the Sexual Harassment of women at workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, Redressal Act,2013) 
  • Funding as per common norms of MSDE  
  • Common branding as per guidelines of MSDE  
  • For self-employment, concessional credit under the Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana will be provided for beneficiaries.  

Monitoring and Management Information System (MIS):  

A centralized web-based Management Information System (MIS) has been put in place for monitoring and implementation of the scheme. MIS shall act as an integrated platform for registration and empanelment of Implementing  Agencies. All aspects of programme management and implementation such as submission of proposals, the release of funds, enrolment of candidates, the functioning of training, physical verification, assessment, placement, post-placement tracking etc. will be managed through MIS. The release of funds will be linked to physical progress updated on the MIS.

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Blog Post written by:
Anurag Trivedi
UPSC Mentor