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Promotion of leather industry
Dec '08
The Central Government has approved establishment of a Footwear Complex and a Footwear Component Park in Chennai.

A Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) is also being established at Chennai under the sub-scheme, “Up gradation and Establishment of Institutional facilities” under ILDP. The Institute is likely to be set up by the year 2010-11.

For the details of the sub-schemes under Indian Leather Development Programme (ILDP) along-with allocation for the 11th Five Year Plan click here.

During the 10th Five Year Plan period the Central Government has approved proposals to establish a Leather Goods Park at Kolkata in West Bengal with an assistance of Rs.5 crore; a Footwear Complex and a Footwear Component Park at Chennai in Tamil Nadu with assistance of Rs.14 crore and Rs.10 crore respectively; and a Leather Complex at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh with an assistance of Rs.29 crore under Indian Leather Development Programme.

It has been estimated by the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) that, about 25 lakhs persons are employed directly and indirectly in the Indian Leather Sector and an estimated 5 lakhs employment is likely to be generated during the next five years.

During the 10th Five Year Plan the Central Government had implemented the Indian Leather Development Programme aiming towards modernizing the manufacturing capability, capacity building and improving infrastructure for the Leather Sector. Assistance towards establishment of a Footwear Complex and Footwear Component Park at Chennai; and a Leather Goods Park at Kolkata were provided.

Further, initiatives towards human resource development, supporting rural artisans, saddlery development, global benchmarking of leather units, attracting investments, development of non-leather footwear and accreditation of FDDI (Noida Branch) were also undertaken.

During the 11th Five Year Plan, the Central Government is implementing the Indian Leather Development Programme with an approved outlay of Rs.937.52 crore addressing the issue of capacity building, human resource development and environmental issues as detailed in the answer of part (a) and (b) above.

This information was given by Shri Ashwani Kumar, Minister of State for Industry, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

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