Babasaheb Ambedkar Hastshilp Vikas Yojana


Ministry Of Textiles


Handicrafts constitute an important segment of de-centralised/unorganised sector. It is mainly a rural based sector which has its reach in backwards and inaccessible areas. Originally, handicraft started as a part time activity in the rural areas. However, it has now transformed into a flourishing economic activity due to significant market demands over the years. Presently, the handicrafts sector is contributing substantially towards employment generation and exports, but this the sector has suffered due to its unorganised nature along with additional constraints like lack of education, capital, and poor exposure to new technologies, an absence of market intelligence and poor institutional framework.

In order to overcome this, BAHVY as a Centre Plan scheme was launched, wherein the main thrust was on adapting project-wise, the need-based approach for integrated development of potential handicrafts clusters with the participation of craft-persons at all stages of implementation. The overall objective is to achieve socio-economic empowerment of artisans and their sustainability.

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Central Government of India


Need-based assistance for integrated development of potential handicraft clusters with a participation of crafts persons at all stages of implementation


Eligible organisations (at the scheme level):

  1. Societies, Cooperatives, Apex Cooperative Societies, Trusts and organisation like COHANDS, EPCH, CEPC, MHSC, IICT, NCDPD, NIFT, NID, University Departments, DRDA, ni-msme, EDIs and other similar bodies.
  2. Central/State Handlooms and Handicrafts Development Corporations and other Government corporations/agencies promoted by the State Government or organisations promoted by financial institutions/banks
  3. Organisations registered under section 25 of the Company Act (Non- profit), etc.
  4. Organisations registered under the proper statute of state/central government for sustainable development of identified craft clusters



The package of support under AHVY can be clubbed under the following five parts, each of which has further components:

  1. Part I: Social Interventions
  2. Part II: Technological Interventions
  3. Part III: Marketing Interventions
  4. Part IV: Financial Interventions
  5. Part V: Cluster Specific Infrastructure Related Interventions

How To Apply

A Udyami Helpline: Dial 1800-180-6763 [Toll Free Number] for queries relating to this Schemes.

Contact to the office of the DC (HC) Regional Director Or

Contact to Asstt. Director





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