₹ 2,600 cr package for leather sector launched at kanpur
Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has launched the ` 2,600 crore special package for the leather and footwear industry. The special package for employment generation in the leather and footwear sector has recently been approved by the Government of India with the outlay of ` 2,600 crores for implementation during the three financial years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.
The launch programme was held in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh (UP) on 3rd of July, 2018. Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of UP was the Chief Guest of the programme. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Member of Parliament, Kanpur and a host of other dignitaries, including Devendra Singh Bhole, Member of Parliament, Ministers of Government of UP Satish Mahana and Satyadev Pachauri, Mukhtarul Amin, Chairman, Council for Leather Exports (CLE), P. R. Aqeel Ahmed, Vice-chairman, CLE, and many more. Members of the leather industry of the state also attended in large numbers.
Amin highlighted the current status and growth potential of the leather and leather products sectors. The council’s chairman said, “Leather sector has made significant strides in various spheres in terms of capacity expansion, modernisation and technology upgradation, product design and development, human resource development and environment management in the tanneries sector for eco-sustainable development. Today, the footwear, leather and accessories sector has achieved a total turnover of $17.54 billion, which includes an export turnover of $5.74billion and domestic sales turnover of $12 billion. The special package sub-schemes are very much a need of the industry for overall growth and development, and CLE is thankful to the Government of India for approving ` 2,600 crores outlay.”
Prabhu, who is also the Civil Aviation minister, released IFLADP – 2017-2020 policy documents, and urged industry members for availing scheme’s benefits largely. He further stated that the Government of India is extending full support for sustainability of the traditional industries and exploring scope of the new industries. The special package includes various sub schemes, such as Human Resource Development (HRD), Integrated Development of Leather Sector (IDLS), Establishment of Institutional Facilities, Mega Leather, Footwear and Accessories Cluster (MLFAC), Leather Technology, Innovation and Environmental Issue, Promotion of Indian Brands in Leather, Footwear and Accessories Sector and Additional Employment Incentive for Leather, Footwear and Accessories Sector. The package also includes measures for simplification of labour laws and incentives for employment generation i.e. enhancing scope of section 80JJAA of Income Tax Act and introduction of fixed term employment.
Chief Minister Yogi stated that the leather sector is one of the important industrial sectors of Uttar Pradesh, and the State Government is extending all necessary support to this sector, which is a major employment generation in the state. The Chief Minister informed that the State Government’s ambitious scheme called One District One Product (ODOP) is for the overall development and exploring the industry potential of particular districts. He added that Kanpur has been identified for leather products under ODOP, hence all necessary supports will be extended by the state government.
The programme concluded with P.R. Aqeel giving formal vote of thanks, especially thanking the union minister for launching the package in Kanpur. The council’s ViceChairman also expressed his appreciation of the state Chief Minister for gracing the occasion.
Today, the Footwear, Leather and Accessories Sector has achieved a total turnover of $17.54 billion, which includes an export turnover of $5.74billion and domestic sales turnover of $12 billion. - Mukhtarul Amin