New Delhi: The Council for Leather Exports (CLE) on Saturday urged the government to put in place a leather park program to boost production as many top brands and manufacturers could increase their supply to India. CLE Chairman Sanjay Leekha also said that the benefits of the Production Incentive Program (PLI) should also be extended to the leather sector.

“A leather park program could provide the necessary impetus. Therefore, the leather sector could be covered by a leather park program on lines similar to the announced program for textile parks, as there is a substantial similarity between the textile industry and the leather industry, “he said in a statement. declaration.

In order to improve exports, the reinstatement of the exemption from basic customs duties on blue, crusted and finished leathers was also requested by the President.

“In order to meet the industry’s additional working capital needs to meet its export commitments, additional credit with lower interest rates and flexible repayment options can be considered,” he said. added.

He was speaking at an event in which Minister of State for Trade and Industry Anupriya Patel laid the stone for the International Leather Testing Laboratory in Kanpur, an initiative to meet the testing requirements of export products in accordance with the stipulations of foreign buyers.

The minister has provided all kinds of support and redress for concerns raised by the leather fraternity, the council said.

Kanpur is the largest manufacturing base for industrial safety boots, saddlery and harnesses in the country and it is also a major production center for finished leather and value-added products and footwear.

The leather industry in the Kanpur cluster has taken an important step to increase production levels by taking initiatives for the creation of a Leather, Footwear and Accessories Development Mega Cluster (MLFAC).

Speaking on the occasion, PR Aqeel, Chairman of the Leather Sector Skills Council, said that the council plays a vital role in facilitating the development of the skilled human resources necessary for the sustained growth of the leather industry and leather products.

The board’s key initiative includes ecosystem development, content, training of trainers, training programs, placement and certifications, Aqeel said.

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