The Government implements a scheme named Direct benefits to Artisans under National Handicraft Development Programme [NHDP] for providing financial assistance as per norms for supply of tools, safety equipments, looms, furnace etc. All the Handicrafts Artisans including minority, Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe and BPL artisans are eligible to get benefits under this scheme.
The Government has launched “Pehchan”, an initiative to register and provide Identity Cards to Handicrafts Artisans under a national database on 7th October, 2016. 2,24,742 number of applications have been collected through camps and 1,08,065 number of Identity Cards have been printed till 30.11.2016.
Under the scheme, “Guru Shishya Parampara”, only those artisans who are Padmashree/Shilpguru/National Awardee/State Awardee and other talented Craftsperson who have dedicated their career for upgrading a particular craft of their region are eligible for imparting such training program to artisans.