Frequently Asked Questions

IDPH has been launched by Government of India. This scheme operates on cluster basis. The major ojective of this project is to provide artisans, better working environment, skill upgradation, marketing facilities and exposure to new designs which is implementing over 2 years.
Under the Hon'ble Chief Minister Announcement Rule 110 in the floor Assembly, an award titled as Living Craft Treasure Award was awarded to craftperson's of eminence who are above the age of 65 years, which consists of a cash prize of Rs.1.00 Lakh, a thamirapattiram, an eight gram gold medal and a certificate for 10 artisans
The Government of Tamil Nadu sanctioned Rs.1.00 crores from the State Innovation Fund for creating “e-Repository of Artisans and their Skills”. This is a comprehensive and dynamically updated web based repository is for all artisans in the State of Tamil Nadu, with dedicated web-page in a standardized format for each artisan who has been registered in the site, with special features to promote marginalized groups of artisans. Currently we have data for about 13,000 artisans and the survey is on. The advantage about this website is that now the world can deal directly with our artisans and vice versa, without having to go through middlemen.
The Corporation is currently distribution free tools kits worth Rs.5000/- to artisans in Tamil Nadu state under the IDPH program. Total of 10000 artisans will be covered under this scheme. Any artisans who holds the PECHAN ID card provided by the DC(H) New Delhi will benefit out of the scheme.
Under the IDPH program the Corporation is establishing 13 Common Facility Centres at various crafts cluster in Tamil Nadu at the cost of Rs.780.00 lakhs. So far six CFCs are declared opened by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 8-3-2018 Artisan Day. Similarly under the Tamil Nadu Government sponsored scheme “Revival of Languishing crafts” four more Common Facility Centres are established for Palm Leaf, Kora Grass mat, Clay and Teracotta crafts at a cost of Rs.188.00 Lakhs.
The Corporation provides 5 months IDTDP training and 2 month DTDW training for acquiring various skills in the production of craft items in periodical intervals. Those who want to acquire the skill in the production of these craft items can join the training programmes organized by the Corporation periodically and make themselves proficient in these craft skills which will enable them to take up production of handicrafts as an occupation. During the training period, the trainees are paid stipend for Rs.7,500 /- per month by the Corporation.
The Corporation has also established a Design Research and Development Centre (DRDC) using 3D Designing and Printing technology for quick and mass production of Handicrafts products.