A women empowerment plan is always necessary in India in about every sector. In handicraft industry, almost 23 crore implementation plan was allocated for the scheduled caste sub plan in which approximately 10 crore rupees have been invested on the fiscal year 2017-18. Approximately 30 crore rupees have been implemented on the welfare of tribal areas.
The implementation project has been implemented successfully in the following states like - Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttrakhand & Tamil Nadu. The handicraft sector is operated mostly by SC/ST and tribal caste people. Most of them are weavers and handlooms.
Approximately more than 45 lakh artisans are belonging to the scheduled castes and tribes. Government is providing the following type of financial support for the facilities like - modernization and upgradation of technology, input support, marketing support, publicity and exhibitions, infrastructural support, research and development etc.
There is programmes especially for women empowerment also implemented in handicraft industry because 70% workers of textile industry are women from India. They are directly or indirectly associated to the textile sector for their standard of living. There is more than 50% women attached to the wool and silk industry.