Arunachal Pradesh: Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Sunday announced that artisans left out of the Centre’s PM Vishwakarma scheme will be included in a flagship program of the state government to provide equal opportunity to all to shine.
Speaking at a function here to mark the launch of the central scheme, Khandu said the state government will prepare a separate program to cover all the left-out departments.
He said the PM Vishwakarma Yojana, which is a centrally funded programme, will benefit the artisans of the state through skill development.
“Each tribal family in the state has unique artisanal qualities that can create wonders in various fields,” the Chief Minister said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the PM Vishwakarma Yojana on the occasion of Vishwakarma Jayanti, under which collateral-free loans at the lowest interest rates will be provided to traditional craftsmen and artisans.
With a financial outlay of Rs 13,000 crore for a period of five years, the scheme will benefit about 30 lakh families of traditional artisans and craftsmen, including weavers, goldsmiths, blacksmiths, laundry workers and barbers.
Speaking on the occasion, Industries Minister Tumke Bagra mentioned that there are 9,600 empaneled artisans besides 9,200 weavers in the state, who will benefit immensely from the PM Vishwakarma Yojana.
Referring to the G20 meetings hosted by India in over 60 cities in the country, the Chief Minister said Arunachal is “blessed” to host such meetings, including a C20 summit in Namsai district.
He said, “No prime minister after independence has tried to transform India what PM Modi did in the last nine years.”
“Most foreign ambassadors were earlier afraid to visit Arunachal Pradesh because of China’s opposition. However, things changed after Modi came to power in 2014. This year, despite opposition from the neighboring country, foreign delegates visited the state to attend the G20 meeting, which is a positive sign,” Khandu said. (PTI)