New Delhi, April 15: Remembering Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on the occasion of the 126th birth anniversary, the Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani held a program where she distributed benefits under welfare schemes of the Ministry, to beneficiaries belonging to Scheduled Castes from various parts of the country. In a special program held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, the Minister communicated through a video-conference with handloom weavers, handicraft artisans, silk peelers and skill development trainees at various locations in five states.
A MoU was signed on the occasion, between Development Commissioner (Handlooms), Ministry of Textiles and National Schedule Castes Finance and Development Corporation, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani said that the MoU is a great example of collaboration within the Government. Noting that the year is being observed as ‘Garib Kalyan Varsha’, the Minister said that the efforts by the Government, under the leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi, to join people using AADHAAR and MUDRA is leading to the direct transfer of benefits to the bank accounts of the poor.
Textile ministry is giving efforts to improve the prosperity of Scheduled Caste citizens working in handicraft, handloom and sericulture sectors. The government has decided to100% subsidy to SC weavers for the construction of work-shed. They have launched PowerTex India for the strengthening of power loom sector, which will give 75% subsidy to SC beneficiaries, for up-gradation of power looms. Family members of SC weavers will get 75% subsidy in fees for school education via NIOS and university education via IGNOU.
The Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment thanked the Union Textiles Minister for working at a fast pace for welfare of SC beneficiaries in the textiles sector. He said that the MoU signed today would advance the welfare of people belonging to Scheduled Castes, in line with the governance philosophy of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’. The Minister also underscored that the Ministry of Textiles has a significant role to play in the fulfillment of this goal.
The Textiles Minister interacted with beneficiaries of silk projects in Jammu and Nainital, and distributed cheques and toolkits to five beneficiaries of silk projects.