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Govt approved Indian footwear, leather development programme for continuation

The programme was approved by the cabinet on 19 January for continuation till 31 March 2026, or till further review, whichever is earlier

Under the IDLS, with a proposed outlay ₹500 crore, assistance would be provided to the sectoral units for their modernizationPremium
Under the IDLS, with a proposed outlay 500 crore, assistance would be provided to the sectoral units for their modernization

Indian Footwear and Leather Development Programme (IFLDP) (erstwhile IFLADP) has been approved for continuation from 2021-22 with an approved financial outlay of 1,700 crore, said the ministry of commerce in a statement on Saturday. 

The programme was approved by the cabinet on 19 January for continuation till 31 March 2026, or till further review, whichever is earlier.

“IFLDP aims at the development of infrastructure for the leather sector, address environmental concerns specific to the leather sector, facilitate additional investments, employment generation and increase in production," the statement read. 

Sub-schemes approved under the programme include sustainable technology and environmental promotion; integrated development of leather sector (IDLS); establishment of institutional facilities; Mega Leather Footwear and Accessories Cluster Development; brand promotion; and development of design studios. 

It added that the development of design studios (proposed outlay 100 crore) is a new sub-scheme and it would promote marketing/export linkages, facilitate buyer-seller meets, display designs to international buyers and work as an interface for the trade fairs. 

Under the IDLS, with a proposed outlay 500 crore, assistance would be provided to the sectoral units for their modernization/capacity expansion/technology up-gradation on or after 1 January 2020. 

It added that under brand promotion, the government would provide 50 per cent assistance of total project cost subject to a limit of 10 crore for each brand in the next three years to promote ten Indian brands in the international market. 

The designated agency to implement the sub-scheme is being proposed to be selected amongst institutes like NID, NIFT, IBEF, IIFT or institutes of similar standing," it said. 

The programme has a direct benefit towards quality employment generation especially for women, skill development, decent work, making the industry more environment friendly and prompting sustainable production system. 

The leather clusters located in different parts of the country have accrued benefit in terms of reduction of poverty, gender equality, sector specific skill/education, etc., thus touching many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Most of the National Development Plans (NDP) also align with the SDGs. NDPs such as economic growth, reduction in poverty, generation of employment, quality education/skills, gender equality, good health and well-being, infrastructure development, affordable and clean energy and other environmental benefits are well-served by the IFLAD Programme.

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Published: 05 Feb 2022, 08:43 PM IST
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