The MSME Ministry plans to increase the leather sector’s contribution to India’s GDP in the next five years. They have their sights set on a 10% exports increase and. The plan is to increase the number of jobs generated in the sector by 5,000,000.

Gadkari was addressing a gathering at CSIR-CLRI, Chennai, after virtually inaugurating the additional capacity of one million litre a day and Zero Liquid Discharge system of the Common Effluent Treatment Plant at Ranipet Tannery Effluent Treatment Company Ltd (RANITEC), in Ranipet.

To achieve the goal of Indian self-sufficiency, it is important to create more employment opportunities. The minister urged the leather industry to work with him to achieve this goal. He also urged the industry to create more auxiliary industries in rural areas to encourage young entrepreneurs and create more jobs to reverse the trend of rural population migrating to cities.

Thanking the Council of Leather Exports and Central Leather Research Institute the Minister urged the institutions to encourage the leather industry clusters in other parts of the country also to adopt eco-friendly practices so as to reduce the environmental pollutants generated by the leather sector.