Special Package for Leather and Footwear Sector
- Government has approved special package for employment generation in leather and footwear sector.
- The package involves implementation of Central Sector Scheme ‘Indian Footwear, Leather & Accessories Development Programme (IFLADP)’.
- Government has approved an expenditure of Rs. 2,600 crores over the three financial years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.
There are seven sub-schemes:
- Human Resource Development (HRD) sub-scheme provides Skill development.
- Integrated Development of Leather Sector (IDLS) sub-scheme provides backend investment grant/subsidy @ 30% of the cost of new Plant and Machinery to MSME.
- Establishment of Institutional Facilities sub-scheme provides assistance to Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) for upgradation of some of the existing campuses of FDDI into “Centers of Excellence”.
- Mega Leather, Footwear and Accessories Cluster (MLFAC) sub-scheme provides infrastructure support.
- Leather Technology, Innovation and Environmental sub-scheme, assistance is provided for upgradation/installation of Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) @ 70% of the project cost.
- Promotion of Indian Brands in Leather, Footwear and Accessories sub-scheme, eligible units approved for Brand Promotion are assisted.
- Additional Employment Incentive for Leather, Footwear and Accessories Sector scheme, employers’ contribution of 3.67% to Employees’ Provident Fund for all new employees in Leather, Footwear and Accessories sector are provided for enrolling in EPFO for first 3 years of their employment.
High Powered Committee to examine the system of conducting Class X and Class XII examination
- The Ministry of Human Resource Development has constituted a High Powered Committee to examine the entire system of conducting Class X and Class XII examination conducted by the CBSE with a view to prevent leakages.
- Vinay Sheel Oberoi will be the Chairperson of the 7 member High Power Committee.
The terms of reference of the Committee are as under:
- To revisit all aspects related to the security checks built into the system for ensuring that the Question papers reach the examinees without tampering.
- To examine and assess all areas of potential weakness in the present system of transporting question papers from the printing presses to the examinees.
- To suggest ways in which the system can be made more secure with the use of technology and minimization of human intervention.
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