Vishwakarma Yojana

Reviving Traditional Crafts and Artisan Livelihoods

T he green signal from the Union Cabinet for the Vishwakarma Yojana, a comprehensive scheme worth Rs 13,000 crore, comes as a ray of hope for the country’s traditional craftspersons. While political considerations might have played a role in its timing, the initiative to bolster traditional artisans is indeed commendable. Set to be launched next month, this scheme encompasses 18 traditional trades across both rural and urban regions, with a goal to empower approximately 30 lakh artisans and craftspersons.

From weavers to goldsmiths, blacksmiths to barbers, the program aims to uplift and empower those who have been the custodians of traditional crafts. The Vishwakarma Yojana is set to provide a multifaceted lifeline to these artisans, addressing critical challenges that have been eroding the vitality of their professions. By offering opportunities for skill enhancement, access to marketing support, and the provision of collateral-free credit, the policy interventions seek to breathe new life into time-honored crafts.

Central to the success of this initiative will be the synergy between the central and state governments. While the Centre is committed to funding the scheme, effective cooperation and shared objectives with state governments are essential to ensure its smooth implementation. Political considerations should never hinder the welfare of the artisans or the sustenance of traditional crafts. Hence, it is imperative that any potential political roadblocks be preemptively navigated, placing the welfare of artisans above all.

The struggles faced by traditional artisans are indeed disheartening. With the younger generation often opting out of carrying forward their family legacies in favor of seemingly more lucrative opportunities, the very essence of traditional crafts is under threat. Rising raw material costs and the transition from handmade goods to mass-produced alternatives further exacerbate these challenges.

In such a scenario, a well-structured support system like the Vishwakarma Yojana can serve as a lifeline for these hardworking artisan families, providing the means to sustain and nurture their age-old crafts. It’s a paradox that while the demand for artisanal curios for home decor is on the rise, the craftspersons themselves have not been reaping the rewards of this trend. Therefore, any initiative focused on their upliftment and empowerment deserves widespread backing. Equally laudable is the Rajasthan Government’s move to preserve and promote folk art by creating opportunities for artistes to perform in their local areas for 100 days.

The Vishwakarma Yojana stands as a testament to the recognition of our rich cultural heritage and the need to ensure its survival and prosperity. As the scheme takes shape and begins to roll out, it is essential that both central and state governments remain steadfast in their commitment to this cause, transcending political considerations to empower those who have been the backbone of our traditional crafts. In doing so, we not only preserve our artistic legacy but also provide a path to economic empowerment for countless skilled artisans across the nation.


Central Chronicle is daily English Newspaper of Chhattisgarh. Central Chronicle has own website it is first news website in Chhattisgarh.

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