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Updated January 3rd, 2024 at 14:00 IST

THIS Union Territory is the first in country to launch PM Vishwakarma Yojana

PMVY, an initiative launched by the Central government in September 2023 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Srinwanti Das
PM Vishwakarma Yojana
PMVY, an initiative launched by the Central government in September 2023, aims to recognise artisans and craftspeople through PM Vishwakarma certificates and ID cards | Image:PTI/File photo
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Jammu: In a major push to empower the craftsman community of the Valley, Jammu and Kashmir has become the first Union Territory (UT) to implement the PM Vishwakarma Yojana (PMVY), an initiative that aims to enhance the skills of the artisan community, officials said on Tuesday.

The inauguration of the training programme for the first batch of 30 trainees (Viswakarmas) in 'darzi craft' was virtually conducted by Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, and Secretary of the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Atul Kumar Tiwari, at ITI Shopian.

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"In a significant step towards empowering the craftsman community through self-employment, Jammu and Kashmir today became the first Union Territory of the country to implement prestigious PM Vishwakarma Yojana (PMVY) with the start of training for first batch of 30 trainees in darzi craft at Industrial training institute in Shopian," an official said.

Bhatnagar expressed pride in Jammu and Kashmir being the first UT to implement the scheme. He highlighted the administration's commitment to fostering a culture of skill development to create employment opportunities for the youth. The scheme is expected to be operationalised in all districts of J-K soon, he said.

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While speaking on the occasion, several trainees of the first batch expressed their gratitude for the opportunity and pledged to dedicate themselves to acquiring skills that would not only benefit their individual careers but also contribute to the overall development of the region.

What is PMVY?

PMVY, an initiative launched by the Central government in September 2023 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, aims to recognise artisans and craftspeople through PM Vishwakarma certificates and ID cards, officials said. The scheme includes basic training of five to seven days, advanced training of 15 days or more, a stipend of Rs 500 per day, and a free modern toolkit worth Rs 15,000 for trained Vishwakarmas. Additionally, the yojana offers linkage with credit-based soft loans and marketing support to expand their businesses, they said.

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Published January 3rd, 2024 at 08:47 IST

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