PM VISHWAKARMA YOJANA (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Govt Schemes)

News-CRUX-10     24th January 2024        
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Context: Jammu and Kashmir has become the first Union Territory in the country to implement the PM Vishwakarma Yojana (PMVY).

PM Vishwakarma Yojana (PMVY)

  • About: It is a pioneering scheme designed to uplift individuals skilled in traditional craftsmanship, particularly from the OBC community.
  • Aim: To strengthen and nurture the Guru-Shishya parampara or family-based practice of traditional skills by artisans and craftspeople working with their hands and tools.
  • Mythological Context: In Hindu mythology, Vishwakarma is revered as the architect of the gods, known for crafting divine weapons and building cities and chariots.
  • Targets: Small artisans, workers, and cultivators, providing opportunities to join MSME.
  • Funding: The scheme's funding primarily comes from the central government, with active state government participation for successful implementation.
  • Eligibility Criteria: The scheme will provide support to artisans and craftspeople of rural and urban areas across India. 

o18 traditional trades will be covered in the first instance under PM Vishwakarma.

  • Sectors Covered: Carpenters, Boat Makers, Armourers, Blacksmiths, Goldsmiths, Potters, Cobblers, Masons, Tailors, and others.