“With a huge potential of employment and exports, India’s footwear sector, is one of the ‘engines of growth’ for Indian economy. The government has a clear focus to reduce the logistic , capital and power costs in the industry to provide necessary impetus to industry. There is an urgent need to diversify and set-up footwear clusters beyond the major cities. We may establish the same at national highways such as Delhi – Mumbai Highway may be ideal locations. Quality of the product is the hallmark for excelling in the competitive world markets” pointed out by the Hon’ble Minister of MSME and Transport, Government of India Shri Nitin Gadkari at the Award presentation ceremony of the 5th India International Footwear Fair at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi Organized by ITPO in association with CIFI, the fair concluded on a successful note. Complimenting ITPO and CIFI for the fifth edition the IIFF,Shri Nitin Gadkari assured all possible support from the Ministry of MSME, as the industry is primarily MSME intensive. He encouraged CIFI to forward a proposal for setting- up an institution for promotion young footwear entrepreneurs. In response to the request of CIFI, he said that pertaining disparities GST on footwear and accessories, he assured that the matter would be discussed with the Finance Minister.