Union Government formally launched Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development (USTAAD) Scheme. It was launched by Union Minister of Minority Affairs Dr. Najma Heptullah in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh in order to improve degrading conditions of world famous Banaras Saree weavers who belong to minority communities.
Facts about USTAAD Scheme
- The Scheme aims at upgrading Skills and Training of minority communities by preservation of traditional ancestral Arts and Crafts.
- It also envisages boosting the skill of craftsmen, weavers and artisans who are already engaged in the traditional ancestral work.
- Under the scheme, assistance will be provided to traditional artisans to sell their products in order to make them more compatible with modern markets.
- It is fully funded by Union Government and Union Ministry of Minority Affairs is nodal agency in implementing it.