- Development of infrastructure for the leather sector
- Address environmental concerns specific to the leather sector: affordable and clean energy and other environmental benefits
- Facilitate additional investments
- Employment generation for women – economic growth, reduction in poverty, quality education/skills, gender equality, good health and well-being, infrastructure development,
- Increase in production.
The six sub-schemes:
- Sustainable Technology and Environmental Promotion(STEP):- Assistance for each Common Eﬄuent Treatment Plant (CETP)
- Integrated Development of Leather Sector (IDLS):- Assistance to be provided to the sectoral units for their modernization/capacity expansion/technology upgradation (Financial assistance, domestic manufactured machinery)
- Mega Leather Footwear and Accessories Cluster Development (MLFACD): Assistance is provided for land development, core infrastructure, social infrastructure, production facilities including ready to use sheds with plug and play facility, R&D support and export services
- Establishment of Institutional Facilities (EIF):- Assistance would be provided for establishment/upgradation of the institutional infrastructure of Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI).
- Brand Promotion of Indian Brands in Footwear and Leather Sector
- Development of Design Studios in Footwear and Leather Sector: A one-stop- shop providing a wide range of services: design, technical support, quality control, etc. to promote marketing/export linkages, facilitate buyer- seller meets, display designs to international buyers and work as an interface for the trade fairs.
Leather industry in India
- India is the second largest producer of footwear and leather garments after China in the world
- It is the second largest exporter (after China) of leather garments in the world.
- The industry is known for its consistency in high export earnings and it is among the top ten foreign exchange earners for the country.
- India has an abundance of raw materials with access to 20% of world’s cattle and buffalo and 11% of the world’s goat and sheep population.
- The Leather industry is an employment-intensive industry providing job to more than 4 mn people, mostly from the weaker sections of the society.
- With 30% share, women employment is predominant in Leather products industry
- Has one of the youngest workforces with 55% of the workforce below 35 years of age.
- Major Markets: USA, Germany, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands, UAE, etc.