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Handicraft artisans get insurance cover

India has been implementing various schemes for the welfare and development of textile workers/weavers including handicraft artisans. Under the group insurance scheme, insurance cover is provided to all power loom weavers/workers in the case of natural death, accidental death as well as partial and permanent disability due to accident. Additionally, weavers/workers enrolled under this scheme are entitled for an educational grant for children for a maximum period of four years. Under the scheme, total number of power loom weavers/workers enrolled was 1.11 lakh in 2015-16, 1.32 lakh in 2016-17 and 1.62 lakh in 2017-18.

Welfare programs being implemented for handicraft artisans are the Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Bima Yojana, BimaYojana for handicrafts artisans, Aam Admi Bima Yojana, support to artisans in indigent circumstances, credit guarantee scheme, interest subvention scheme and issue of identity cards and creation of a data base.

Under the Textile Workers Rehabilitations Fund Scheme, which has been merged with the Rajiv Gandhi Shramik Kalyan Yojana, textile workers rendered jobless due to permanent closure of mills are provided a relief of 75 per cent of the wage employment in the first year, 50 per cent in the second and 25 per cent in the third year. Under the Handloom Weavers Comprehensive Welfare Scheme, life and accidental insurance is provided to handloom weavers/workers in the age group of 18 to 50 years.