India has been implementing various skill development schemes and programs for the textile sector.
Under the Integrated Skill Development Scheme, a total of 11.14 lakh persons have been trained in various diverse segments of textiles covering textiles and apparel, jute, spinning, weaving, technical textiles, sericulture, handloom and handicrafts, of which 8.43 lakh persons have been employed.
Samarth is an initiative which has the broad objective of skilling youth for gainful and sustainable employment in the textile sector. It aims at training ten lakh people, out of which nine lakhs will be from the organised sector and one lakh will be from the traditional sector. The scheme covers the entire value chain of textiles (except spinning and weaving in the organised sector). The focus will lie on apparel and garmenting, knitting, metal handicrafts, textiles and handlooms, handicrafts and carpets, among others. District-wise tailoring opportunities for women will be identified as part of the outreach for skilling across states. A few courses and modules have been developed under Samarth in the area of garment manufacturing. Women form 75 per cent of the work force in the textile sector. Another objective is to promote skilling and skill upgradation in the traditional sectors of handlooms, handicrafts, sericulture, and jute. It also seeks to enable provision of sustainable livelihood either by wage or self-employment to all sections across the country.