Textile industry’s initiative Samarth has the broad objective of skilling youth for gainful and sustainable employment in the textile sector.
It aims at training 10 lakh people, of which nine lakh will be from the organised sector and one lakh will be from the traditional sector. The scheme covers the entire value chain of textiles (except spinning and weaving in the organised sector). The focus will lie on apparel and garmenting, knitting, metal handicrafts, textiles and handlooms, handicrafts and carpets, among others. District-wise tailoring opportunities for women will be identified as part of the outreach for skilling across states. A few courses and modules have been developed under Samarth in the area of garment manufacturing. Women form 75 per cent of the work force in the textile sector. Another objective is to promote skilling and skill upgradation in the traditional sectors of handlooms, handicrafts, sericulture, and jute. It also seeks to enable provision of sustainable livelihood either by wage or self-employment to all sections across the country.
India’s textile and apparel industry is one of the oldest such industries in the world. The country is the world’s second largest exporter of textiles and apparels. The industry is a significant contributor to the economy and one of the largest sources of job creation in the country, employing about 45 million people directly.