Current Affairs


Current context: Under SAMARTH, 16 out of 18 selected states have signed a pact with the Ministry of Textiles.
  • Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Mizoram, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Karnataka,Manipur, Haryana, Meghalaya, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand are the 16 states who have signed the MOUs.
  • Odisha and Jammu and Kashmir were also selected but didn’t sign the MOU.
  • Through this MOU, 4 lakh workers will be getting skill development opportunity only with exceptions of spinning and weaving.
  • After skill development, skilled workers will be provided with a job in Textile industry.
  • About three fourth of workers in the textile industry are women and 70 per cent of beneficiaries of the MUDRA loan are women.
  • Smriti Irani also suggested states like Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu reconsider their spilling target as their goal seemed a bit low.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its approval for the ‘Samarth’ Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SCBTS) from 2017-18 to 2019-20.
  • The scheme is to meet the skill requirements of the textiles industry. The scheme aims at skill development of 10 lakh youth up to 2020 with a projected outlay of Rs 1300 crore.


Q.1 The SAMARTH scheme is associated with which sector?
a. Artisans
b. Textiles
c. Farmers
d. School students
SAMARTH Scheme SAMARTH Scheme Reviewed by Neha on August 16, 2019 Rating: 5

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