- Financial outlay of Rs.1700 crore has been approved for continuation of Indian Footwear and Leather Development Program (IFLDP) from the year 2021-22.
- IFLDP has been approved by the Union Cabinet as a continuation of the earlier IFLADP (Indian Footwear Leather and Accessories Development Programme) by March 31, 2026 or till further review, whichever is earlier.
- IFLADP was announced for three financial years (2017-18 to 2019-20) with an outlay of Rs 2,600 crore.
- It is a central sector scheme aimed at developing infrastructure for the leather sector, addressing specific environmental concerns, facilitating additional investment, generating employment and increasing production.
Sub-schemes sanctioned under the programme:
- Sustainable technology and environment 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.
- Development of Design Studio (proposed outlay of Rs.100 crore) is a new sub-scheme that will boost marketing/export relationship, provide a buyer-seller platform, showcase designs to international buyers and act as an interface for trade fairs Will do.
Effect of the preceding IFLADP:
- The program provides benefits for creating quality employment, skill development, fair work, making the industry more environment friendly and promoting a sustainable production system, especially for women.
- Leather clusters located in different parts of the country have made gains in terms of poverty reduction, gender equality, sector specific skills/education etc., thus achieving several Sustainable Development Goals.
- Other National Development Plans (NDPs) such as economic growth, job creation, good health and wellness, infrastructure development, affordable and clean energy and other environmental benefits are ensured by the IFLAD programme.
- Most of the NDPs are aligned with the SDGs.
Current Status of Leather Industry of India:
- India is the second largest producer of footwear and leather garments in the world after China and the second largest exporter of leather garments in the world (after China).
- The industry is known for its consistent high export earnings and is one of the top ten foreign exchange earners for the country.
- India has 20% of the world’s cattle and buffalo population and 11% of goat and sheep population as leather raw material.
- Leather industry is an employment intensive industry which provides employment to more than 4 million people from weaker sections of the society.
- Women constitute about 30% of the leather products industry. The leather industry in India is one of the youngest workforce with 55% of the workforce below the age of 35.
- Major markets of Indian leather products are USA, Germany, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands and UAE etc.