Leather council seeks sops
A Package of incentives should be prepared to attract investors from within and outside Jammu and Kashmir for setting up units in leather industry, Council of Leather Exports (CLE) has suggested. CLE chairman Mukhtarul Amin, who led a delegation to explore the possibility of promoting leather industry, also said the state government should formulate a vision document for the sector. The CLE emphasised the need for forging joint ventures with leather entrepreneurs from outside the state. The council offered to facilitate purchase of the products to be made by local entrepreneurs, and assured them of all help for tie-ups and marketing of their products, sources said. State Industrial Development Corporation said it would build a leather park over 50 acre at Industrial Growth Centre, Lassipora, and was in the process of setting up a common effluent treatment plant with Rs 12 crore with Centre's assistance. The plant is expected to be operational in 1-2 years, SIDCO Managing Director Irfan Yasin said. Leather industry is highly labour-oriented which would provide ample employment opportunities for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the Council said. The CLE also said it would facilitate training of workers from the state so that they could market their products efficiently. Commissioner Secretary, Industry and C o m m e r c e , Lokesh Jha said the state government was keen on promoting leather industry as there was sufficient raw material available for this purpose which was presently being exported outside the state. He stressed the need for converting raw material into high v a l u e - a d d e d leather products which have an immense export potential