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Textiles ministry implements welfare schemes for workers
Jul '17
The ministry of textiles is implementing the welfare schemes for workers associated with the textile industry, minister of state for textiles Ajay Tamta said in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question today. The various schemes cover health, life and accident insurance components of the artisans in the handicrafts, handloom and powerloom sectors.

Under Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthaya Bima Yojana, artisans in the handicrafts sector get health insurance. They also get life insurance and accident insurance in Aam Admi Bima Yojana. In indigent circumstances, Shilp gurus and recipients of national award/national merit certificates below 60 years, earning less than Rs 50,000, receive an award of Rs 3500. There is a provision of 6 per cent interest subvention for handicraft workers, with a limit of one lakh rupees for three years. In line with Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, there is a provision of Mudra loan. The Office of DC (Handicrafts) pays guarantee fee to Credit Gaurantee Fund Trust for micro and small enterprises for the coverage of handicraft artisans.

The handloom weavers comprehensive welfare scheme covers health, life and accident insurance of the handloom weavers and the artisans in the handicraft sector. Both these programmes are under the merger with national-level programmes for health and life and accident insurance.

The ministry has also implemented the National Handloom Development Programme, the Yarn Supply Scheme as well as the Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development programme under which it provides interest subvention, margin money, credit guarantee and yarn at subsidised rates, among other things to the handloom weavers.

The Group Insurance Scheme for Powerloom workers provides insurance cover in case of natural death, accidental death as well as permanent and partial disability due to accident. The scheme is being implemented since 2003-04.

Under the special package provided for garments and made-ups, the government additionally provides 3.67 per cent share of employer’s contribution towards provident fund in addition to the 8.33 per cent being provided under Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Protsahan Yojana for all new employees enrolling in EPFO for the first three years. The Government has also made employees’ contribution to EPF optional for employees earning less than Rs 15,000 per month under the special package for garments and made-ups. (RR)

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