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India’s Jewellery Karigars, Artisans, Goldsmiths to be recognised as ‘Vishwakarmas’

A MoU was signed between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and the apex trade body, Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) appointing GJEPC as implementing agency for Prime Minister PM Vishwakarma Scheme. The MoU was signed on 14th March in the august presence of Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon. Union Minister of Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India; and Shri Sabyasachi Ray, Executive Director, GJEPC, was present on this momentous occasion.

Shri Sabyasachi Ray said, “Under the Kushal Bharat Viksit Bharat motto, this MoU will promote initiatives to bring speed and scale to India’s skill ecosystem. The primary objective of the scheme is to enable the recognition of artisans and craftspeople as ‘Vishwakarmas’ making them eligible to avail the benefits under the scheme. GJEPC will impart skill training to registered Vishwakarmas under PM Vishwakarma Yojana for the trade of Goldsmiths across the country. GJEPC will facilitate Training and Skilling Centres in many regions is poised to equip locals in the region with industry-specific skills, thereby creating employment opportunities and fostering economic growth in the region.”

As India is being positioned as a design-driven jewellery manufacturing hub, the intent of the Central Government is to facilitate new talent to thrive and grow, as well as preserve and promote the cultural heritage of India’s rich legacy in handcrafted and bespoke jewellery.

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