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Bantala leather industry to become major hunting ground for job seekers, says Mitra

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |

Bantala Leather Complex is going to have a renaissance in job generation in the next two years. With five lakh people already working in the complex , the state’s plan is to double the number in the next two years, state finance and industry minister Amit Mitra said on Monday.

Addressing the inauguration of 23rd India International Leather Fair (IILF), Mr Mitra said keeping an eye on job generation in the state, the state government is going whole hog to make the Bantala leather industry a major hunting ground for job seekers.

In this connection, the state government is making all out efforts to develop its infrastructure to double the number of workforce in the next two years. “It has to be kept in mind that about 55 percent of leather goods worth of Rs 7000 crore are exported from the state.

With the demands of the industry growing over the years, the job generation will be doubled in the next two years,” Mitra said. To underscore the industry’s booming state, state industries minister said leather exports from the state alone is 1 billion out of 8.25 billion.

In this context, Mitra said, “The state has taken ambitious projects for infrastructure development on war footing to make Bantala leather industry environment-friendly.” “For that four effluent treatment plants are being set up at Bantala leather city.

Of which two are already under tendering process. To top it all, an effluent treatment transport system is also being put in place for quick disposal of hazardous wastes”, minister said.

Dwelling on the infrastructure development further, Mr Mitra said ,“We have built a Technical Training service centre at an investment of Rs 14 crore which is in operation now. We have set up Italian machinery worth $2 million there.”