AISHTM call to improve labour productivity

27 April 2012

In an attempt to raise the productivity of labour in the leather industry, the All India Skin and Hide Tanners and Merchants Association (AISHTM) has retained the National Productivity Council (NPC) to undertake studies on bench-marking of good practices in select tanneries.

‘There is a need to evolve productivity norms for the leather industry. NPC is undertaking studies in select tanneries and will thereafter devise productivity norms,’ said M Rafeeque Ahmed, President, AISHTM, at the annual general meeting of the association. NPC has carried out its studies on bench-marking in 13 tanneries with their consent, and is expected to come out with its recommendations shortly. The interest in productivity levels has gone up since there is a huge disparity in annual increase in productivity between China and India. ‘It is estimated that the annual increase in productivity in China is 8.9% as compared to around 3 per cent in India. This is a serious handicap that should be overcome, for India to become competitive in the international market,’ Ahmed pointed out . "There has been an increase in exports in 2003-04, by 11.69% in dollar terms and 6.05% in rupee terms, from the previous year. All sectors, except finished leather and footwear components have shown improvement, with leather footwear recording the highest growth," he added. To combat the problems of pollution in the leather industry, High Level Environment Industry (HLEC) is in talks with Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) and Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) to suggest viable solutions on a time-bound basis especially with regard to tannery waste water. The total exports of the Indian leather industry in 2003-04 was pegged at $2.09 billion.

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