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On Vishwakarma Jayanti, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi introduced the “PM Vishwakarma Scheme” in New Delhi, highlighting the value of traditional craftsmen and crafters in society. The programme aims to empower traditional craft workers and incorporate them into the contemporary economy and global value chains. The preservation of cultural heritage and the integration of artisans into the mainstream economy are its main goals. The scheme provides recipients with biometric registration, skill upgrading, credit support, and marketing aid for a cost of Rs. 13,000 crores and targets 18 traditional trades.

In the serene and picturesque landscapes of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), a remarkable transformation is quietly taking shape. J&K is now forging a new identity, one that places a strong emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic progress. At the heart of this transformation lies the PM Vishwakarma Scheme 2023, a forward-thinking initiative with the potential to usher in significant changes within the region’s artisan and craftspeople community. Jammu and Kashmir has long been praised for its incredibly diversified traditional crafts and artisanal abilities, which are all part of its rich cultural history. These abilities have been passed down through the centuries, sustaining both the creative traditions and the regional cultural fabric. These unique traditions are being guarded by artisans and crafters in J&K, who have shown steadfast dedication to their trades. The Vishwakarmas, as they are referred to traditionally, are held in high regard as the inspiration behind the area’s artistic excellence.  They are the creators of diverse crafts, builders of enterprises, and the embodiment of artistic prowess. Despite the historical significance of their contributions, the discriminatory systems that existed in J&K for decades have often stifled the aspirations of these communities engaged in traditional skills. Recognizing the immense potential of the artisan and craftspeople community, the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, launched the PM Vishwakarma Scheme, a transformative initiative that is set to redefine the lives of thousands of skilled individuals working with their hands and tools in the UT. This scheme is not merely a policy document; it is a beacon of hope that promises to empower artisans, uplift traditional skills, and create a platform for socio-economic transformation. The PM Vishwakarma Scheme is founded on the principles of honoring traditional skills, fostering commitment and dedication, and providing tangible support to the Vishwakarmas. Fundamentally, the programme seeks to preserve these skilled persons’ traditional trades while giving them the support they need to prosper in the modern world. The Scheme’s dedication to supporting financially skilled artists and craftspeople is among its most important features. This financial assistance attempts to lessen the financial responsibilities that these people frequently experience, enabling them to focus on their crafts without being constrained by financial obligations. The programme also has facilities for skill development, which are crucial in the continually changing field of handcraft. Artisans will have the chance to hone their skills, learn new methods, and adjust to shifting market demands through basic and advanced training programmes. In addition to skill development, the scheme encourages artisans to become part of national and global value chains. This integration is crucial for expanding the reach of traditional crafts and ensuring that artisans can access larger markets, thereby increasing their income and livelihood opportunities. The Vishwakarmas will also benefit from a toolkit incentive, designed to equip them with the necessary tools and resources to enhance the quality and efficiency of their work. Access to collateral-free credit support is another critical component of the scheme, providing artisans with financial flexibility and the ability to invest in their craft. Recognizing the immense potential of J&K’s artisan and craftspeople community, the Hon’ble Prime Minister, launched the PM Vishwakarma Scheme, a transformative initiative that is set to redefine the lives of thousands of skilled individuals working with their hands and tools in the UT. This scheme is a beacon of hope that promises to empower artisans, uplift traditional skills, and create a platform for socio-economic transformation. This programme aims to improve the lives of the disadvantaged groups in society and is consistent with the greater objective of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas & Sabka Prayas”. The government seeks to improve the socio-economic well-being of these skilled individuals and their families by providing support and aid to the Vishwakarmas. In Jammu & Kashmir, handicrafts and loom weaving have become important economic drivers.   The J&K government has taken proactive steps to recognize more than 29 other crafts and bring them under the ambit of the handicrafts and handloom sector. This not only preserves the traditional skills but also opens up new avenues for income generation. The fact that handcraft and handloom exports have doubled is proof that these initiatives have been successful. It draws attention to the traditional crafts’ ability to considerably boost the local economy. Even while the PM Vishwakarma Scheme is a laudable move in the right direction, there are still some difficulties with it. Strong infrastructure, efficient coordination amongst diverse stakeholders, and a dedication to accountability and transparency are all necessary for implementation. To ensure that the plan reaches its intended goals, it will be essential to overcome these obstacles. Maintaining a simultaneous focus on skill development and education is also essential. The policy emphasizes responsible entrepreneurship, encouraging artisans to consider the environmental and social impact of their ventures. This aligns with global trends where consumers, investors, and partners seek businesses that are not only profitable but also socially and environmentally responsible.

In short, the PM Vishwakarma Scheme 2023 represents a promise of prosperity and empowerment for thousands of skilled artisans and craftspeople in Jammu and Kashmir UT. It is evidence of the area’s dedication to preserving its rich cultural legacy while seizing the chances offered by the modern era. This innovative plan has the ability to uplift entire communities, spur economic growth, and leave a legacy of expert craftsmanship for future generations as it takes root and craftsmen and crafters get the help and resources they require. For the craftsmen and craftspeople of J&K, the PM Vishwakarma Scheme is more than just a piece of policy; it is a ray of hope that illuminates the way to a better and more prosperous future. It is imperative that the Jammu and Kashmir government closely collaborates with the central government to ensure the seamless execution of the scheme. This entails identifying eligible beneficiaries, offering comprehensive skill development programs, and facilitating their access to credit and markets. Additionally, launching public awareness campaigns and organizing workshops will be instrumental in educating artisans about the scheme’s advantages and encouraging their participation. By taking these steps, the government can empower thousands of skilled artisans and craftspeople in the region, thus preserving its rich cultural heritage, spurring economic growth, and paving the way for a brighter future for Jammu and Kashmir. In order to inform artisans about the programme and its advantages, public awareness campaigns, and workshops can be extremely helpful. The government can achieve this by assisting the region’s hundreds of talented artisans and craftspeople in realizing their potential, enhancing the region’s cultural legacy, fostering economic development, and ensuring Jammu and Kashmir has a brighter future.