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Comprehensive Handicrafts Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS)

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    14th Oct, 2021


The Ministry of Textiles has approved continuation of Comprehensive Handicrafts Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS) with a total outlay of ?160 crore up to March 2026. 


  • Presented by: The program was launched by the Ministry of Textiles.
  • Fund allocation: The CHCDS scheme has been approved for an amount of Rs 160 crore.
  • Aim:
    • CHCDS schemes were set up to build a world-class infrastructure that would cater to the business needs of local artisans and SMEs to increase production and exports.
    • These collections were set up to assist professionals, adequate training, state-of-the-art technology, and the inclusion of human resource development. It is also coupled with market linkages and production diversification.
  • Objective:
    • To raise the living standards of millions of poor artisans located in far flung areas of the country as well as employment generation. 
    • To provide requisite support in terms of infrastructure, technology, product diversification, design development, marketing and promotion, social security and other components that are necessary for the sustainability of craftsmen/artisans engaged in the Handicrafts sector.
    • To create more livelihood opportunities for people through interventions in the industry and to increase the income of professionals / professionals involved in the field.

Significance of the Scheme

  • This scheme can also help boost exports of textile handicrafts as the demand for such products from India is worldwide.
  • These projects will focus on bringing together scattered professionals, building businesses at grassroots level and linking them with SMEs in the handicraft sector to ensure a quality economy.
    • 10,000 artisans will be selected to improve everything under the program.
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