PM Modi to launch PM Vishwakarma Scheme on Vishwakarma Jayanti in New Delhi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the "PM Vishwakarma" scheme at the India International Convention and Expo Center in Dwarka, New Delhi on September 17, 2023.

An Overview of the News

  • “PM Vishwakarma” scheme aims to support traditional artisans and craftsmen.

  • The Central Government will fully fund it with an allocation of Rs 13,000 crore.

  • Artisans (Vishwakarma) can register free of cost through Common Service Centres.

  • They will be given identity through PM Vishwakarma certificate and ID card.

  • The scheme also includes a toolkit incentive of ₹15,000 along with offering skill upgradation, and primary and advanced training.

  • Artisans will get access to collateral-free credit assistance with concessional interest rates.

  • Incentives will be provided for digital transactions and marketing assistance.

  • Eighteen traditional crafts like carpentry, blacksmithing, goldsmithing, pottery, and tailoring will be covered.

Vishwakarma Jayanti:

  • It is a Hindu festival dedicated to the divine architect, Vishwakarma.

  • The celebration includes not only engineers and architects but also artisans, craftsmen, mechanics, blacksmiths, welders,andindustrial workers.

  • Prayers are also offered for the smooth operation of machines and equipment.

  • Vishwakarma Jayanti falls on 'Kanya Sankranti' of the Hindu calendar, usually between 16 and 18 September in the Gregorian calendar.

  • The festival is also celebrated in Nepal, and Haldia in West Bengal is known for its Vishwakarma Puja celebrations.

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