PM Modi during the launch of the ‘PM Vishwakarma’ scheme at IICC. | PTI
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Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal
took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi
on Monday regarding the launch of the PM Vishwakarma Yojana
, asserting that he had neglected artisans and craftspeople for a decade and only remembered them just before the 2024 elections.
In a statement posted on X (formally Twitter), Sibal wrote, "Vishwakarma Scheme
: Hindu Mythology: Vishwakarma
was a divine carpenter and the master craftsman of weapons for the Gods...Modiji, far from divine, is a master craftsman of politics." He continued, "He forgot about craftsmen and carpenters for 10 years! Remembered them just before 2024! Convenient. No?"
Sibal, who served as a Union minister during the UPA 1 and 2 administrations, resigned from the Congress in May of the previous year and was subsequently elected to the Rajya Sabha as an independent member with the support of the Samajwadi Party
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed his government's commitment to uplift artisans and craftspeople on Sunday, during the launch of the ?13,000 crore Pradhan Mantri Vishwakarma Yojana (PMVY). He emphasized that this initiative would empower craftspeople with modern technology to enhance their skills and compete in today's market.
Under the PM Vishwakarma scheme, artisans and craftspeople will receive recognition in the form of a PM Vishwakarma certificate and ID card, along with credit support of up to Rs 1 lakh (first installment) and Rs 2 lakh (second installment) at a concessional interest rate of 5 percent.
Additionally, Mr. Modi inaugurated the first phase of the ?5,400 crore India International Convention and Expo Centre, named 'Yashobhoomi,' located in Dwarka. He dedicated 'Yashobhoomi' to laborers and the artisans of the nation, emphasizing the government's focus on providing recognition and support to marginalized individuals.
Beneficiaries will benefit from a concessional interest rate of 5%, with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises capping the interest subvention at 8%. The Central government will cover the credit guarantee fees.
Highlighting the government's 'Vocal for Local' vision, the PM urged people to purchase local products for upcoming festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Dhanteras, and Diwali.
The Lok Sabha elections are scheduled for 2024.
(With Inputs From PTI)