Mochi Swabhimaan Initiative

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Context: Minister, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship distributes certificates to RPL trainees under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, more than 2 million candidates across the country have received RPL certification under the PMKVY and  Launch of Mochi Swabhimaan Initiative 

Relevance: GS 2 Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions, and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. 

What is Mochi Swabhimaan Initiative?

A nationwide effort in which LSSC (Leather Sector Skill Council) supports the cobbler community who provide leather-based services, with CSR funds ensuring they work in a dignified manner.

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) certificates?

  • Ministery of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship distributes certificates to RPL trainees under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana.
  • A thousand candidates in the leather sector were awarded Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Certificates in Chennai.
  • They were trained, assessed and certified on their existing skillsets across leather companies with the due effort of the Leather Sector Skill Council (LSSC) to boost the employability and productivity of youth by incentivizing skill training.
  • Certifies skills acquired informally and drive youth to venture into aspirational job roles.
  • For the industry, formalizing the skills of employees will give a clear picture of the available skill sets, skill gaps and the need for up-gradation to achieve desired quality and productivity benchmarks.
  • The certification will contribute to the mobility of the workforce and will reduce employer dependence for recognition. Particularly, for the women who form a large chunk of the workforce, RPL will encourage them to enhance the basis of their skills in their certification levels.
  • The outstanding candidates, certified under RPL, were given Best in Class Employer Scheme and HRD Scheme certificates.

About Leather Sector Skill Council (LSSC)

  • The Leather Sector Skill Council (LSSC) is an NSDC approved non-profit organization dedicated to meet the demand for skilled workforce in the leather industry in India.
  • The council, in partnership with CLE, caters to the training and employment needs of various sub-sectors in the leather industry.
  • Set up in 2012, LSSC works with a host of members from the industry, government organizations, academia, the training partners and the assessment partners.

About Leather Sector in India

  • Globally, India is the second-largest producer of leather garments and footwear
  • With this phenomenal market potential, India has always had a rich heritage of leather crafts like footwear and accessories. These were prepared by highly skilled craftsmen from various clusters like Agra, Kanpur, Ambur and other regions.
  • Today, these skills need to be preserved and people should be encouraged to make them a means of sustainable livelihood. 
  • The Government of India has allowed 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) in the sector and rationalized export duty on raw and semi-finished leather.
  • The sector employees over 2.5 million people.
  • India accounts for about 13% of the world’s leather production. Footwear and Leather products in the world.
  • The leather and leather products industry contributes less than 1% to India’s GDP and the Footwear industry contributes about 2% to India’s GDP.

Potential Of Leather Industry: 

  • Indian leather industry has huge potential for exports. It can reach USD 9.0 billion by 2020, from the present level of USD 5.85 billion.
  • Fashion and trends have a great influence in this industry, there are many opportunities for entrepreneurship in traditional leather trades and new forms of leather substitutes from basic needs as well as luxury segments.
  • The Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to review their manufacturing processes in terms of quality of output and wastage reduction by skilled professionals. 
  • Leather Sector is an Export driven sector and has the potential to create 2 million jobs in the next 5 years. The Government of India had recently announced in the Budget of 2019 that export duty is rationalized on raw and semi-finished leather increasing opportunities in the sector.
  • Technology has had a huge impact on every industry and leather is not left behind. While your manufacturing set up and factory premises need quick upgrades you should also focus on today’s e-commerce scenario. This brings in the need for multiskilling the workforce in the leather industry since they will need appropriate digital skills to interact with online systems and a global customer base.
  • To recognize and enhance the value of skilled manpower, LSSC has successfully implemented the RPL program to certify the workforce as per the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF).  



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