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Govt clears Rs 890 crore scheme for silk sector in 12th Plan

NEW DELHI: To promote silk industry, the government today approved the continuation of Catalytic Development Programme (CDP) with an outlay of Rs 889 crore in the 12th Plan period (2012-17). 

The scheme will help generate direct and indirect employment for 9.24 million people by 2017. 

"The 
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the continuation of the centrally sponsored scheme of CDP of Ministry of Textiles relating to sericulture sector during the 12the Plan period," said an official statement. 

An outlay of Rs 889 crore has been earmarked for this scheme with continuing the funding pattern of 80:10:10 for central, state and beneficiary in special status states (North -East states as well as 
Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh andJharkhand), it added. 

The core objective of the scheme is to scale up production, particularly, production of quality, bivoltine and improved cross-breed silk cocoons in the country through cluster approach, the statement said. 

The programme supports stake holders in operations ranging from food plant cultivation to marketing of products in mulberry, tasar, eri and muga silk. Technology absorption, investment generation, productivity improvement and employment generation form the basic objective of the programme. 

The government has set a target of achieving about 39 per cent growth in silk production during the 12th Plan period. 

"The scheme would catalyse the efforts of states to achieve total production of 32,000 metric tonnes (MTs) of silk (an increase of about 39 per cent over 11th Plan production), with a specific target of achieving production of 5,000 MT Bivoltine and 6,000 MT improved gradable cross-breed mulberry silk (2A/3A grade and above silk for consumption in powerloom) by the end 12th Plan," the statement said. 

The CDP, which comprises three major industries mulberry, vanya post-cocoon, has been redesigned to meet the sectoral requirements and to ensure that the sector grows at a healthy pace. 

"Some of the existing components of CDP have been deepened/modified by taking up certain additional inputs and also certain new interventions have been proposed in order to meet the zonal requirements," it said. 

It added that a new component 'Special Initiatives ( 
Flexi Fund)' has also been proposed to address critical requirements for implementation of sericulture projects.