Samarth Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SCBTS)

The apparel and textile industry is one of the oldest set-up industries in India. The whole value chain from fibers to apparel manufacturing has a strong presence in the Indian market. After agriculture, it is one of the biggest employers. To meet the skill gap in the industry and also to supplement its efforts initiated through the Special package for garments. The government has launched a new scheme called Samarth Scheme for Capacity Building in Textiles Sector or SCBTS. It is for the whole value chain of the textile industry except Spinning and Weaving. The tenure of the scheme is three years, 2017-18 to 2019-0, with a budget of INR 1300 crore.

This scheme is mostly for the youth of the country to gain more knowledge and skill in the textile sector. 


  • To give demand-driven, placement oriented National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF), compliant skilling programmers, incentivize and supplement the industry's efforts to create jobs in the organized textile and related sectors covering the entire value chain of textile, excluding Spinning and Weaving.
  • To promote skilling and skill up-gradation in the traditional sectors of handlooms, handicrafts, sericulture, and jute.
  • To enable the provision of sustainable livelihood either by wage or self-employment to all sections of the society across the country.

Implementing agencies

The skilling programmers would be implemented through following Implementing Agencies:

  • Textile Industry,
  • Institutions/Organization of the Ministry of Textile/State Governments having training infrastructure and placement tie-ups with the textile industry,
  • Reputed training institutions/ NGOs/ Societies/ Trusts/ Organizations/ Companies /Startups / Entrepreneurs active in textile sector having placement tie-ups with textile industry.


  • Organization Credentials
  • Experience in the Textile Industry
  • Financial Strength
  • Training Infrastructure, mostly in Inspirational Districts notified by the Niti Aayog

Approval of Training Centers

The chosen implemented agencies will have to give the training centers with the necessary infrastructure and various facilities using their own cost. New building construction is not allowed in this scheme. The training centers will be provided the following:

  • Furniture, signage board and layout
  • Practical and theory training room
  • Machinery- Machine and trainee ratio should be in line with the requirement of the course.
  • Training aids and equipment, under industry benchmarks and specified by RSA.
  • Fire-fighting equipment
  • First-aid, hygiene, drinking water and washroom facilities
  • Power back up
  • CCTV recording facilities in classrooms, labs, and common areas.

The implementing agencies must create awareness about this scheme among the target audience for branding and marketing of this scheme as well as their training centers. Common branding is advised to do for this scheme to maintain the common thread in all the initiatives.

Mobilization and Selection of the Trainees

The implementing agencies will take care of the trainees' selection and mobilization while keeping an eye on the industry requirements and other stakeholders by keeping everything transparent and providing an opportunity to the willing persons. Special attention will be given to the marginal social groups such as women, SC/ST, differently baled persons, people falling under the BPL category, and 115 inspirational districts which are notified by the NITI aayog.

Mobilization of the Trainees

The IAS will use the following medium to mobilize the candidates

  • Print or Electronic Media: Radio, Television, Newspaper, Billboards, Mobile Phones, etc

  • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, etc.

  • Other forms of Media: Flyers, Posters, Leaflets, Guidelines, Training Materials, Standard Banners

Selection of the Trainees

The selection of the Trainees will be made inclusively and transparently. The trainee has to be a citizen of India with Aadhar card. He or she shouldn't be less than 14 years old.


There will be a centralized web-based Management Information System or MIS, which will be put in place for better monitoring and implementation of the scheme. MIS must act as an integrated platform for registration and smooth running of the Implementing Agencies. All aspects of the management and application such as submission of proposals, the release of funds, enrolment of candidates, functioning of training, physical verification, assessment, placement, post-placement tracking, etc. will be managed through MIS. The release of funds will be linked to tangible progress updated on the MIS.

A Mobile Application for different stakeholders TC Coordinator, Inspection Agency, beneficiaries, and grievance redressed with Geotag, timestamp, and evaluation is linked to the MIS modules.


The scheme will broadly adopt the following strategy:

  • There will be an Aadhar enabled biometric attendance system with a minimum of 80% attendance for assessment.
  • The training will be given by certified trainers having Training of Trainers or ToT certification by RSA/SSCs.
  • There will be CCTV recording for the entire training programmed and assessment processes, such as in the classrooms, labs, and common areas.
  • There will be third party assessment and certification by assessment agencies as planned by the RSA.
  • The placement linked skilling programmed with mandatory wage employment in the organized sector, 70%, and in the traditional industry, 50%, and post-placement tracking for one year will be done.
  • There will also be random physical verification of active training centers to ensure that everything is running smoothly.
  • The courses will be aligned with NSQF.
  • There will be full pledged MIS and real-time Scheme information publicized in the Ministry of Textiles website.
  • Call center or Helplines will be set-up to collect feedback.
  • There will be a mobile app for different stakeholders to ease out monitoring and implementation mechanism.
  • The preference will be given to marginalized social groups such as women, differently able, ST/SC, and 115 inspirational districts
  • Public Grievance redressed with designated Grievance Redressed Officer from the Ministry of Textiles.
  • Internal complaints committee to be constituted under the Sexual Harassment of women at the workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, redressed) Act, 2013.
  • The funding will be done as per the standard norms of MSDE.
  • There will be common branding as per the guidelines of MSDE.
  • For self-employment, concessional credit under the Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana will be provided for beneficiaries.

Official Website

You will find more details about this scheme on its official website:

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Samarth Scheme?

The Samarth scheme is a scheme for the youth of India to gain more knowledge and success in the Textile Industry. The scheme is called Samarth or Scheme for Capacity Building In Textiles sector.

Q. Who launched this scheme?

The government of India launched this scheme for the improvement in textile industry.

Q. Who can apply for this?

Any citizen of India who is 14 years or older can apply for this. He or she must have an Aadhar card.

Q. Is there a training programme?

Yes, there will be a proper training programme for the candidates which involves assessments, certification and placements.

Q. When was this scheme launched?

This scheme was launched in 2017.

Q. What is the total budget of this scheme?

The total budget of this scheme is INR 1300 crore.

Q. How do I apply for this scheme?

You can apply for this scheme by contacting the training agencies who are registered under the scheme for admissions.

Q. is there any admission fee required?

No, there is no admission fee required for this scheme.

Q. Do I have to attend the classes regularly?

Yes, 80% attendance is a must.

Q. What is the duration of the scheme?

The duration of the scheme is five years.

Q. who chooses the training centers?

The implementing agencies will choose the training centers.