Proposed mega leather clusters will not have tanneries

The Council for Leather Exports (CLE), sponsored by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, on Tuesday said that various locations were being explored for setting up proposed mega leather cluster in Tamil Nadu and Tiruvannamalai was one of the options.

A CLE press release said that the proposal to set up mega leather clusters in seven States was announced in the Union Budget 2011-12. It was not only aimed at significantly enhancing the production and exports of value-added footwear and leather products, but also generating employment in the rural and backward areas.
Tamil Nadu is one of the states identified for implementing the scheme and the Centre is yet to notify the guidelines. The proposed mega leather cluster in Tamil Nadu will not have any tanneries, but will have manufacturing units of value added products such as footwear including non-leather ones, leather goods, garments, gloves, components and accessories only, the release said.

The mega leather cluster will not involve any leather processing as tanneries will not form part of it.It will comprise dry operation consisting of leather products manufacturing units, the release added.

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