The Textiles Sector has the largest second share of employment after agriculture in India. Textile requires not only skilled workforce, but massive vocational training for skill up gradation of existing workers.   Plan approaches the faster creation of jobs in manufacturing and stronger effort at health, education, skill development and contribution of labor to the overall production to take the growth rate of the economy to a higher trajectory.


1)   To trained the manpower needs of textile and related industries by developing a cohesive and integrated framework of training based on the industry needs.

2)   Increase the employability

3)   Scheme is designed in wider range so that maximum workers will be benefited over the prescribed period.


1)   Leveraging on the existing strong institutions and training experience within the Ministry.

2)   Participation of Private Sector and State Government agencies.

3)   Expansion of training centers and training programs to be introduced.

4)   Training shall be given in designed development programs to increase the productivity of handlooms and related industry workers.

5)   Smooth functioning and implementation of ISDS.

6)   Standardization of course content and content development.

7)   Standardization of admission, assessment and certification.


1)   The Scheme will work on the principles on the existing resources and infrastructure of Private sector and State Government agencies.

2)   Trained maximum to 5 lacs persons covering all segments under Ministry of Textile

3)   Technical Textile special focus given to skill development in knitting and knitwear technology.


ISDS reach

The scheme has a wide spread reach with training being conducted in almost all Indian States/ UTs etc.  Around 3,250 training centers are present across different Indian States, cities and rural areas including remote location, backwards region, left wing extremist affected area etc.  Out of the total 664 districts Indian districts, around 357 districts have been covered under the scheme and trainees from different strata of the society are the major beneficiaries.

ISDS spread across INDIA

Under ISDS scheme, special emphasis has been laid on selecting the trainees from the job seekers amongst the rural youth having educational qualification preferably 10+2 standard.  Key focus has been given to target weaker/underprivileged section of the society for the upliftment of their economy status and provide opportunities for livelihood.  The scheme reach has been highly inclusive and major stress has been laid on targeting backward section and reaching the lowest stratum of the society.  Out of the total successful trainees trained till July 2015, around 55% of the trainees belongs to backward section including the SC/ST/OBC/Minority.  Further majority of the candidates trained under the scheme are women.