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Published on August 16, 2019
Current context: Under SAMARTH, 16 out of 18 selected states have signed a pact with the Ministry of Textiles.
  • Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Mizoram, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Karnataka,Manipur, Haryana, Meghalaya, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand are the 16 states who have signed the MOUs.
  • Odisha and Jammu and Kashmir were also selected but didn’t sign the MOU.
  • Through this MOU, 4 lakh workers will be getting skill development opportunity only with exceptions of spinning and weaving.
  • After skill development, skilled workers will be provided with a job in Textile industry.
  • About three fourth of workers in the textile industry are women and 70 per cent of beneficiaries of the MUDRA loan are women.
  • Smriti Irani also suggested states like Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu reconsider their spilling target as their goal seemed a bit low.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its approval for the ‘Samarth’ Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SCBTS) from 2017-18 to 2019-20.
  • The scheme is to meet the skill requirements of the textiles industry. The scheme aims at skill development of 10 lakh youth up to 2020 with a projected outlay of Rs 1300 crore.


Q.1 The SAMARTH scheme is associated with which sector?
a. Artisans
b. Textiles
c. Farmers
d. School students
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