FAQ- Direct Benefit to Artisan (Welfare earlier) Scheme

  • Question: About welfare scheme.

Ans. The scheme envisages welfare measures like health and life insurance, extending creditfacilities, supply of tools and equipment to the artisans etc.

 The major components are detailedbelow:

  1. 1. Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Bima Yojana (RGSSBY)
  2. 2. Bima Yojana for Handicrafts Artisans (Aam Admi Bima Yojana (AABY)).
  3. 3. Support to artisans in indigent circumstances
  4. 4. Credit Guarantee Scheme5. Interest Subvention Scheme6. Issue of Identity Cards and creation of data-base

  • Question: The details of criteria and procedure laid down by the Government to providesupport to the craftsperson in the form of pension;

Ans . The criterion laid down by the Government to provide support to the craftsperson in theform of pension is enumerated hereunder: -1. The applicant craftsperson should be the recipient of Shilp Guru Award, National Award,National Merit Certificate or State Award.2. The Annual Income of the Artisan should be less than Rs. 50,000 / -3. The applicant should not be a recipient of similar financial assistance from any othersource.4. The applicant artisans not be less than 60 years of age on the date of application. Age maybe relaxed in case of artisan with disabilities.

  • Question: The number of craftsperson who received pension during the year 2015-16and the number of new additions to the list in 2015-16;

Ans . Total 254 Artisans have received pension during the year 2015-16. 24 new mastercraftspersons were selected for the financial assistance during 2015-16.

Question: Whether the Government is contemplating to raise the pension for thecraftsperson.

Ans . The Financial Assistance provided during the year 2015-16 was Rs. 3,000 / - per monthwhich has been raised to Rs. 3,500 / - during the year 2016-17.

Question : Whether the Ministry has taken any nationwide initiative to registerhandicrafts artisans in the country.

Ans . HMOT has launched nation-wide Artisans I-Card campaign named ' Pehchan ' from SantKabir Nagar on 7 th October, 2016 to provide identity cards to handicrafts artisans from all overthe country. These I / Cards will be Aadhar linked to avoid duplications of benefits. Total ID cardsforms collected as on 31 st March 2017 are 14,08,543.

Question : How to get Pehchan Card for Handicrafts artisans.

Ans . The handicrafts artisans needs to visit the field office of DC (Handicrafts) to get the pehchanCard. The artisans can also apply online through the official website of Office of DC (Handicrafts)ie www.handicrafts.nic.in. In addition to this the Pehchan camps are also being organized inmajor crafts clusters to enrol maximum number of artisans

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