News:The Minister of Textiles has informed Rajya Sabha about the implementation of Silk Samagra Scheme for Development of Sericulture.
About the scheme:
- It is a Central Sector Scheme launched for a period of three years i.e 2017-2020.
- Aim:To scale up production of Silk by improving the quality and productivity and to empower downtrodden, poor & backward families through various activities of sericulture in the country.
- Implementation:It is being implemented by the Central Silk Board (CSB).
- Components: a) Research & Development, Training and Transfer of Technology b) Seed Organizations c) Coordination and Market Development and d) Quality Certification Systems (QCS)/Export Promotion and Technology Up-gradation.
- Sericulture is the cultivation of silk through rearing of silkworm.It is an agro-based industry.
- India has the unique distinction of producing all these commercial varieties of silk such as Mulberry, Oak Tasar & Tropical Tasar, Muga and Eri.
Central Silk Board:
- The Central Silk Board is a statutory body established in 1948 by an Act of Parliament.
- It functions under the administrative control of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.