News Excerpt
The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has issued a notification to constitute a Development Council for Footwear & Leather Industry (DCFLI).

Pre-Connect
•    The Development Council for Footwear and Leather Industry has been established for the formulation and implementation of promotional and developmental measures for the growth of labour intensive footwear and leather sectors in India.
•    To boost domestic production and encourage exports, the Developmental Council is envisaged to play a very proactive role in preparing a futuristic vision for development, designing and manufacturing of high-quality world-class footwear and leather products in India.

About the DCFLI
    It is a 25-member council constituted for 2 years.
    It will be formed under Industrial (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951.
    The council is headed by a chairman, who is a representative of the industry. A joint secretary in the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is its member secretary and other members are drawn from various government bodies and trade, one of the officials said.
    The council is represented by the Union ministry of textiles, the Director General Foreign Trade (DGFT), the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI), Council for Leather Exports (CLE) and some other leading companies.
    The council is set up as per the directive of Ministry of commerce and industry.
    Currently, the council will be chaired by Shri R K Gupta for 2 years and 24 other members have also been nominated.

Way forward
The Development Council for Leather and Footwear Industry will provide a big boost to the domestic sector by bringing all stakeholders under one roof in a bid to establish synergies in both representations and policy formulations