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News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi

Published by: Shivendra Tiwari
Updated Sun, 17 Sep 2023 05:12 AM IST


PM Vishwakarma: PM Vishwakarma is a scheme to support people with traditional skills. Experts say that the announcement of Vishwakarma Yojana by Prime Minister Modi in his Independence Day address also appears to be a strategy of the BJP for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a new scheme named ‘PM Vishwakarma’ at the India International Convention and Expo Center in Dwarka, New Delhi today on Vishwakarma Jayanti. On the occasion of 77th Independence Day, Prime Minister Modi had announced that he is going to give new strength to the class of goldsmiths, carpenters, masons, hair cutters and those who work with tools and hands. For this, he will start Vishwakarma Yojana on Vishwakarma Jayanti.

Earlier, while presenting the budget, the Finance Minister had also mentioned this scheme. Now this scheme is going to be officially started. The question arises that what is PM Vishwakarma? What is the objective of this scheme? Which class will benefit from this? Will there be an effort to help the most backward castes through Vishwakarma Yojana? What effect will this have on the 2024 elections? Let us know…

PM Vishwakarma Yojana
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What is PM Vishwakarma?

PM Vishwakarma is a scheme to support people with traditional skills. Under this scheme, loans up to Rs 3 lakh will be given on liberal terms. With the launch of this scheme, about 30 lakh Vishwakarma families across the country can benefit.

Through this, the focus will be on providing assistance to people engaged in traditional crafts. According to the government, this focus is driven not only by providing economic support to artisans and craftsmen but also by the desire to keep the age-old tradition, culture and diverse heritage alive and thriving through local products, arts and crafts.

PM Vishwakarma Yojana
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How to get the benefits of the scheme?
PM Vishwakarma will be fully funded by the central government with an outlay of Rs 13,000 crore. Under this scheme, free registration of Vishwakarmas will be done through Common Service Centers using biometric based PM Vishwakarma portal. They will receive PM Vishwakarma certificate and identity card, skill upgradation related to basic and advanced training, toolkit incentive of Rs 15,000, free loan up to Rs 1 lakh (first installment) and Rs 2 lakh (second installment) at a concessional interest rate of five percent. Recognition will be provided through assistance, incentives for digital transactions and marketing assistance.

PM Vishwakarma Yojana
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What is the objective of this scheme?
The objective of the scheme is to strengthen and nurture the family-based practice of traditional skills by Guru-Shishya Parampara or Vishwakarmas working with their own hands and tools. The main focus of PM Vishwakarma is to improve the accessibility as well as quality of products and services of artisans and craftsmen and ensure that they are integrated with domestic and global value chains.

PM Vishwakarma Yojana
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Which class will benefit from this?

The scheme will provide assistance to artisans and craftsmen in rural and urban areas across India. Eighteen traditional crafts will be included under PM Vishwakarma. These people include:

(i) carpenter
(ii) Boat builder
(iii) Weaponsmith
(iv) Blacksmith
(v) Hammer and tool kit manufacturer
(vi) Locksmiths
(vii) Goldsmith
(viii) potter
(ix) Sculptors, stone breakers
(x) Mochi (shoe artisan)
(xi) Mason
(xii) Basket/mat/broom makers/coir weavers
(xiii) Doll and toy makers (traditional)
(xiv) Barber
(xv) Garland makers
(xvi) washerman
(xvii) Tailor
(xviii) Fishing net makers

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What effect will this have on the 2024 elections?

With the 2024 elections approaching, India Alliance parties across the country are continuously raising the demand for caste census, which the BJP is not in favor of. However, BJP is continuously trying to neutralize this demand. Jankar believes that BJP hopes to strengthen its hold on OBCs by wooing artisans and craftsmen from extremely backward community through Vishwakarma Yojana.

Experts say the announcement of the Vishwakarma scheme by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day address also appears to be a strategy of the BJP for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. After the formation of the India alliance, the BJP may face the challenge of getting the support of larger and more powerful OBC groups in North India through big OBC leaders Akhilesh Yadav, Lalu Prasad, Tejashwi Yadav, Nitish Kumar and Bhupesh Baghel. Therefore, the party is now making every possible effort to consolidate the support of many small but numerically large backward groups like Lohars, Barhais, Kahars, Barbers and Dhobis. The population of extremely backward people can be around 30 percent.

BJP has been eyeing the support of artisan castes or Most Backward Castes (MBC) for some time. This is why the Prime Minister emphasized that the Vishwakarma Yojana will help traditional artisans, especially the OBC community.

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