Sunday in Jammu, Union Minister of State in the PMO Dr. Jitendra Singh remarked that the ‘PM Vishwakarma’ programme exemplified the best of both India’s modern sensibilities and its ancient traditions of workmanship.
“The scheme offers the option of earning livelihood while at the same time sustaining India’s age-old Guru-Shishya Parampara,” said Dr. Jitendra, who is also the Union Minister of State (independent charge) Science & Technology, as well as the MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy, and Space.
He was speaking at the Jammu inauguration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “PM Vishwakarma” programme.
Dr. Jitendra said that the introduction of ‘PM Vishwakarma’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a watershed moment in India’s development path since it legitimised the country’s unique cultural asset: its skilled artisans and craftspeople.
He made the point that traditional artisans and craftsmen are essential to society since they are responsible for preserving India’s centuries-old customs and techniques. However, ever since achieving autonomy, they have received zero support. The inauguration of the ‘PM Vishwakarma’ initiative today has made it possible to provide assistance and training to this vital segment of society, and this has only been achieved thanks to PM Modi.
Dr. Jitendra said the government’s commitment to the underserved was demonstrated by initiatives like the 10 million Ujjwala connections, the 12 million toilets built as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission, the 13 million water connections made as part of the Jal Jeevan Mission, the 18 million health cards distributed as part of the Ayushman Bharat programme, the Mudra loans, the PM Kisan Nidhi, etc.
Union Minister of State Giriraj Singh remarked, “The Prime Minister Modi has introduced a culture of combining India’s traditional knowledge with modern technology and Chandrayaan is the most striking example of this.”