What Is ‘PM Vishwakarma’ Scheme Launching This Vishwakarma Puja?
The ‘PM Vishwakarma’ scheme is for the unsung heroes of India, who come from a group of artisans, like carpenters, tailors, sculptors, cobblers, and others.
The ‘PM Vishwakarma’ Scheme is a new initiative launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to support artisans, craftsmen, and those involved in traditional skills.
It’s a significant step to preserve and promote India’s rich tradition of craftsmanship and heritage.
The scheme was officially unveiled on September 17th, which also marks the occasion of Vishwakarma Jayanti and coincidentally, Prime Minister Modi’s birthday.
The scheme will benefit a wide range of individuals engaged in traditional crafts and skills across rural and urban areas in India.
It covers a diverse group of artisans, including carpenters, blacksmiths, goldsmiths, potters, sculptors, cobblers, tailors, and many others.
These are the unsung heroes of Indian society, who have been carrying forward our traditional crafts for generations.
Under this scheme, the prospective beneficiaries will be registered for free through common service centers (CSC), using the biometric-based PM Vishwakarma portal.
The government has allocated a big budget of Rs 13,000 crore to fully fund this initiative.
The scheme beneficiaries will receive various forms of support, including:
- Recognition through PM Vishwakarma certificates and ID cards.
- Skill upgradation through basic and advanced training.
- A toolkit incentive of Rs 15,000 to aid their work.
- Collateral-free credit supports up to Rs 1 lakh (first session) and Rs 2 lakh (second session) at a concessional interest rate of 5%.
- Additional incentives for digital transactions and marketing support.
The main goal of the scheme is to enhance the quality and reach of products and services created by artisans and craftspeople. It will help them become part of domestic and global value chains.
Additionally, it seeks to empower members of the Other Backward Classes, who have been engaged in these occupations for several decades.
Vishwakarma Jayanti is a day when we pay homage to Lord Vishwakarma, who is the divine architect and engineer. It’s a tradition that dates back to ancient times when our sages recognized the importance of craftsmanship and the role of machines in various industries.
Lord Vishwakarma is regarded as the first engineer in ancient history. According to the Vishwakarma Purana, he created several inspiring structures like the –
- Pushpak Viman (an ancient flying chariot)
- Lanka (the kingdom of Ravana)
- Dwarka (Lord Krishna’s city)
- Hastinapur (the city from the Mahabharata era).
He’s not just the greatest architect; he’s also a master of Vastu Shastra, machine building, and aircraft knowledge.
On Vishwakarma Jayanti, people worship tools and equipment related to industries to boost efficiency and craftsmanship, so that they can get the benefits of business expansion, wealth, happiness, and prosperity.