JAMMU, Jan 21: J&K Offset Printers Association (JKOPA) highlighted their problems in a programme organized last evening which was also attended by office bearers of All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP).
Prof Kamal Chopra, president, AIFMP, attended the programme as a chief guest. He along with his team including CD Kumaravel, vice president (South) and GK Kalairajan, honorary joint secretary, was felicitated by awarding mementos by the president of JKOPA, Arun Kumar Gupta.
Earlier in his welcome address, Sudesh Gupta, senior vice president of JKOPA, highlighted the activities of the Association while general secretary, Girish Kapoor, listed the problems being faced by the printers of Jammu and Kashmir.
Kapoor apprised the guest about lack of skill labour in printing industry which is not available in vocational courses in educational institutions. He also highlighted power problems, where as some printers are charged commercial rates and some are charged industrial rates.
He highlighted that Government has ordered that all printing work of Government Department should be done by Government Press, thereby denying work to the local printers which they were doing for the last so many years at the lesser rates than what were charged by the Government Press.
Kamal Chopra, while speaking on the occasion, said that the printers should work hard to achieve their goals and also go for ‘Make in India’. He along with his office bearers were all praise for the printing quality of Calendar 2017 of J&K Offset Printers Association.
Pankaj Sethi, Ravi Gupta, Gourav Gupta and Rakesh Gupta of JKOPA were also present on the dais. Sanjay Soni acted as stage secretary along with Goutam Mehta and also compered the function.
The programme concluded with vote of thanks by Avinsh Anand, finance secretary of JKOPA.