Pradhan Mantri Virasat Ka Samvardhan (PM VIKAS) Scheme

Pradhan Mantri Virasat Ka Samvardhan (PM VIKAS) Scheme

The Union Cabinet has approved the Pradhan Mantri Virasat Ka Samvardhan (PM VIKAS) Scheme for Promotion of Heritage.

  • PM Development is a scheme of the Ministry of Minority Affairs. The scheme focuses on the socio-economic-educational empowerment of minorities. Under this, special attention will be given to artisan communities, women and youth.
  • At least 33% of the total targets of the scheme have been set for women. One of the components of the scheme is aimed at providing entrepreneurship and leadership support especially to women.
  • Under this, aspiring women entrepreneurs will be provided intensive training for entrepreneurship development.
  • 10% of these women trained as entrepreneurs will also be selected as business mentors based on their leadership qualities.

Other programs related to skill development and employment for minorities

  • Nai Manzil: Under this, formal education (class VIII or X) and skills are provided. Its objective is to enable the beneficiaries to get better employment and livelihood.
  • Nai Roshni Yojana: Its objective is to empower minority women and instill confidence in them. Under this, knowledge, tools and techniques are provided for the development of leadership among women.
  • USTTAD (Upgrading the skill and Training In Traditional Arts/ Crafts for Development : USTTAD) scheme has also been started for development of skills in traditional arts/crafts.
  • Garib Nawaz Self-Employment Scheme: Under this, provision has been made for short-term employment oriented skill development courses for the youth of minority groups. This will enable them for skill based employment.
  • Backup to Brilliance policy has been adopted.
  • The Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram has been expanded across the country.
  • Hunar Haat is organized.
  • “Learn and Earn” scheme has been started.

Source – The Hindu

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