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Based on the Expression of Interest (EOI), a total of 10 proposals have been approved under Mission Solar Charkha till date which is expected to benefit about 13784 artisans/workers.

•    The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) had launched the Mission Solar Charkha in 2018-19 for implementation of 50 Solar Charkha Clusters across the country.
•    It is an enterprise driven scheme and envisages setting up of ‘Solar Charkha Clusters’ which will have 200 to 2042 beneficiaries (Spinners, Weavers, Stitchers and other skilled artisans).  Each spinner will be given two charkhas of 10 spindles each.
•    These solar charkhas are to be operated using solar power which is a renewable energy source. It will help in development of Green Economy as it is an environment friendly programme. It will also generate sustainable employment for the artisans.

Objectives of Solar CharkhaMission are:-
    To ensure inclusive growth by generation of employment, especially for women and youth and sustainable development through solar charkha cluster in rural areas.
    To boost rural economy and help in arresting migration from rural to urban areas.
    To leverage low-cost, innovative technologies and processes for substance.

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Scheme for Pension and Medical Aid to Artistes
    The Scheme for Pension and Medical Aid to Artistes is being implemented by the Ministry of Culture.
    The objective of the Scheme is to improve financial and socio-economic status of the old aged artistes and scholars who have contributed significantly in their specialized fields of arts, letters etc. but leading a miserable life or are in penury condition.
    The Scheme has also provision to provide medical aid facility to such Artistes and his/her spouse by covering them under a convenient and affordable Health Insurance Scheme of the Government.