Centre willing to sanction mega leather clusters for TN: Suresh Prabhu

By NT Bureau Published on Aug 05, 2018 04:08 PM IST

Chennai: Union Minister for Commerce and Industry and  Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said the Centre was willing  to sanction a new mega leather clusters for Tamilnadu.

Speaking at an inter-active session organised by the Council for Leather Exports (CLE) here on Saturday, he said the matter has already has already been taken up with the State government.

"Apart from assuring the State government to set up new leather

clusters, the Centre is also ready to provide additional facilities," the Union Minister said.

Referring to the Rs 2,600 crore package approved for the sector

which was aimed at generating employment in leather and footwear

sectors, the Minister termed it as a transparent package and wanted

the industry to make the most of it, while reiterating the government's

commitment to develop this industry.

He said the leather and footwear sectors have the potential to generate

3.24 lakh new jobs in three years. The package involves implementation of Central scheme, "Indian Footwear, Leather & Accessories Development Programme" over three financial years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.

The Minister said while the Centre has already sanctioned five common effluent treatment plants, nine were awaiting approval, he said.

Earlier, the Minister presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to CLE founder-chairman M Mohammed Hashim.