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Government of India
Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
08 DEC 2021 5:22PM by PIB Delhi
Skill Development of Traditional Artisans and Craftsman

Under Skill India Mission, Ministry ofSkill Development and Entrepreneurship is implementing a flagship scheme PradhanMantriKaushalVikasYojana (PMKVY) to impart short duration skill development training to youth of the country including artisans and craftsmen.Under PMKVY, training has been imparted in various job roles of 37 different sectors including job roles of traditional arts and crafts under Handicrafts and Carpet Sector Skill Council (HCSSC).Under PMKVY 2.0, traditional arts and crafts were promoted by giving flexibility to the States/UTs for allocating upto 25% of their total allocated target for the skill training in State specific job roles and the sector of local traditional arts and crafts.

PMKVY 3.0 is a demand driven scheme with bottom-up approach and District Skill Committees (DSCs) have been entrusted with the task of identifying local demand, based on which training has been arranged in the district which strengthens the local skill capability including traditional arts and crafts.

Under PMKVY, as on 21.11.2021 since 2016, 2,62,342candidates have been trained/oriented (20,046 trained under STT and 2,42,296 oriented under RPL) in various traditional job roles in the country. These job roles areBamboo Basket Maker, Bamboo Mat Weaver, Beading Artisans, Carpet Weaving, Carving Artisans, TarakashiJeweller, Decorative Painter, Sketching &Painting Artisans, Hand Rolled Agarbatti Maker, Crochet Lace Trailers, Hand Embroiderer etc.

In the recent time post-COVID, the Ministry is developing several micro programmes under PMKVY targeting artisans’ clusters in partnership with private sector in a manner where 100% artisans are ensured employment. Under this, special project to revivethe traditional Namda craft of Jammu &Kashmir and Upskilling of Weavers & Artisans on traditional crafts of Nagaland and Jammu and Kashmir are being implemented.

Additionally, under long term skilling Directorate General of Training under Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) is conducting various schemes to impart vocational training to prospective youth of the country including artisans under Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS) through a network of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) / collaboration of ITIs and Industries /Establishments. Scheme wise breakup of courses is as under:



Name of Scheme

Number of courses


Craftsmen Training Scheme



Apprenticeship Training Scheme



Crafts Instructors Training Scheme (CITS)



Flexi MoU Scheme



Short Term Training



Advanced Diploma (Vocational)



In view of (a) above, question does not arise.

In order to enhance the income of artisans and craftsmen of traditional clusters of the country and towards making India a 5 trillion economy, Ministry is already implementing various skilling schemes to improve the productivity of skilled artisans and weavers, which leads to enhance the earning capacities of artisans and weavers to ensure sustainable livelihood.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.