Textile sector is a major priority sector for the Central Government, that’s why we are implementing several schemes for the benefit of textile workers in the country, said Ajay Tamta, Minister of State, Textiles Ministry.
In a written reply to the Lower House, Tamta said that various policy initiatives and schemes for the welfare of textile workers are being implemented by the Centre.
He specifically mentioned about schemes, such as Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS), Schemes for Development of Silk and Sericulture sectors, National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP), Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme(CHCDS), Yarn supply Scheme and National Handicrafts Development Programme (NHDP), etc.
The Government is also implementing PowerTex India, a comprehensive scheme for Powerloom Sector Development, the minister added.
In addition, various social welfare schemes for weavers/ workers, such as Matatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana, the Group Insurance Scheme for Powerloom workers, the Aam Admi Bima Yojana and scholarship for children of jute workers are being implemented by the Centre.
In his written reply, Tamta also said that the Textile Workers Rehabilitation Fund Scheme (TWRFS) was introduced to provide relief to workers rendered jobless due to permanent closure of Non-SSI Textile Mills in private sector.
The Government had also approved a special package for textile sector with an outlay of Rs. 6000 crore to boost employment generation and exports, particularly in Garmenting and Made-ups, he added.