Govt signs MoU with CLE to boost leather industry in JK

Srinagar: A day after the chief minister called for revival of leather industry in the state, the government on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Council for Leather Exports (CLE) for setup up of a Common Facility Centre (CFC) at Industrial Growth Centre (IGC) Lassipora.
The centre will catalyze the development of leather industry in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said in a statement.
The official said that the MoU was signed by M Rafeeque Ahmad, chairman CLE and Shailendra Kumar, Commissioner/Secretary Industries & Commerce.
In terms of the MoU, CLE will assist the government in the finalisation of the DPR for proposed CFC besides providing requisite technical support and guidance, the official said.
“This will include setting up of at least two training institutes with the help of CLE to impart training to the youth in leather industry.”
The official said that CLE has also committed to mobilise requisite investment in CFC by setting up manufacturing units of tanneries and product units including footwear, leather goods and saddlery etc.
CLE will also help the local entrepreneurs to brand and market their finished leather products in the national and international markets, he said.
Minister for Finance, Dr Haseeb Drabu, Chief Secretary, B R Sharma, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B B Vyas, Secretary to Chief Minister, M H Malik, Vice-Chairman CLE, Subash Kapoor, Chairman South, CLE, P R Aqeel and Regional Chairman North CLE, Puran Dawar, were present on the occasion.