₹ 2,600 cr pack­age for leather sec­tor launched at kan­pur

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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

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