Special Central Government Package for Footwear and Leather Sector for employment generation
New Delhi, Oct 11 (KNN) For employment generation in leather and footwear sector the Central Government has approved a special package, which involves implementation of Central Sector Scheme -Indian Footwear, Leather & Accessories Development Programme (IFLADP) with an approved expenditure of Rs. 2600 Crore for 2017-20.
The scheme aims at development of infrastructure for the leather sector, address environmental concerns specific to the leather sector, facilitate additional investments, generate employment and increase production.
Enhanced Tax incentives will attract large scale investments in this sector and reforms in labor laws taking into account that the seasonal nature of the sector will support economies of scale.
The Leather Technology, Innovation and Environmental Issues sub-scheme under IFLADP provides financial support at 70% of the project cost to leather clusters to meet the prescribed pollution control discharge norms. This covers establishment, expansion, up-gradation of CETPs, developing secure landfills, common recovery units, management of sludge and any other techniques for hazardous waste management.
A total of 9 projects for CETP up-gradation with a gross value of Rs.469.18 crore and GOI assistance of Rs.328.43 crore have already been approved under the sub-scheme. These projects are under implementation.
Additional proposals for CETP up-gradation are under consideration of the Department.
In a major boost to the leather industry in Tamil Nadu under the IFLADP four projects with a total outlay of 107.33 crore have been approved by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to facilitate up-gradation of infrastructure, job creation and environmental sustainability.
DIPP has also given in-principal approval form a leather cluster at Bantala in West Bengal. This will generate employment for around 7000 people and lead to an investment of Rs. 400 to 500 crore.