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  • Context (PIB): The Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra is an initiative to inform citizens about the Centre’s flagship schemes, including the PM Vishwakarma Scheme/ “PM VIKAS Yojana.
  • It is a Central Sector Scheme fully funded by the GoI.
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MoMSME).
  • The Scheme will be jointly implemented by
    1. MoMSME
    2. Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
    3. Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, GOI.
  • It is designed to uplift traditional artisans and craftspeople engaged in various occupations like blacksmithing, goldsmithing, pottery, carpentry, and sculpting

Objective

  • Preserving and integrating cultural heritage into the formal economy and global value chains.
  • Provide skill upgradation and make relevant and suitable training opportunities.
  • Provide support for better and modern tools.
  • Provide for brand promotion and market linkages.

Features

  • Recognition: Artisans and craftspeople enrolled in the scheme will receive a PM Vishwakarma certificate and an ID card.
  • Financial assistance: They will also be eligible for collateral-free credit support at a concessional interest rate.
  • Skill Development and Empowerment: It offers a daily stipend for skill training and a grant to purchase modern tools.
  • Scope and Coverage: The scheme encompasses 18 traditional trades across rural and urban areas.

Initiatives for the Upliftment of Artisans

  • Ambedkar Hastshilp Vikas Yojana
  • Mega Cluster Scheme
  • National Handicraft Development Programme
  • Comprehensive Handicrafts Cluster Development Scheme
  • Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts
  • One District One Product
  • Atmanirbhar Hastshilpkar Scheme.
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