Delhi Binders’ Association attentive to welfare of its members

As the evening set in on October 11, 2015 a myriad of cultural extravaganzas and motivating speeches unfolded in the ICCR Auditorium of Azad Bhavan in New Delhi for it was the Varshikotsav (annual get-together day) of Delhi Printers’ Association. Jyaneswar Laishram from Print & Publishing attended the event that gathered more than 300 guests, which predominantly consisted of the association members along with some eminent printing professionals. Since its inception on June 13, 2010 as an apex body of 400-plus binders belonging to Delhi and NCR, Delhi Binders’ Association (DBA) has dedicatedly been leveraging growth and welfare of its members—the book binder community. Sharing fresh ideas and new policies with its members, the association regularly holds Varshikotsav, a yearly get-together meet, which provides a networking point among the members as well as leaders from the allied printing segments.

The fifth Varshikotsav of DBA, organised recently in New Delhi, heralded goodwill messages and encouragement from well wishers and industry leaders. Harsh Malhotra, mayor, East Delhi Municipal Corporation and joint secretary of All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), presided the occasion as chief guest, flanked by KC Goel, president, DBA and other founder and executive members of the association, namely Badri Kumar, Ajay Sharma, Prashant Aggrawal, Vipin Goel, Pawan Kumar Arora, Sanjay Sharma, Rohit Dogra, among others. Harsh Malhotra, who had been a regular guest in every DBA Varshikotsav, conveyed his persuasive keynote address articulating that the annual gathering of the association is now gaining new momentum, making things meaningful and improved.

“Compared to the Varshikotsavs organised over the last four years, this year the event is quite improved in terms of the number of attendees and focused areas,” remarked Harsh Malhotra, adding that members of the association are now keen on the strategic role of DBA. Shedding light on the year-over-year global growth of 7.5 percent in the print production market, Harsh encouraged the gathered crowd of binders to grab the opportunity. “The growth we see today in the printing sector is not only for the printers; our fellow binders can get the equal amount of benefit through this persistent progression in the industry,” he affirmed.

Development plans

With a deeper concern over the welfare of binders in Delhi and NCR, Harsh Malhotra mentioned that a lot has to be taken care of from different parameters, including the government’s side. Referring to Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana, designed for small entrepreneurs, he urged the binder community to voice their obligations and constraints for improvement in terms of financial help, infrastructure requirement and so on. In this, he summed up that Varshikotsav would always play a premeditated role, which he conclusively defined as an occasion to discus not only the development economy, but also understanding among the fraternities.

Badri Kumar, founder member of DBA, proclaimed some fresh initiatives for the benefit of association members, which included a modified membership scheme. DBA members currently pay annual membership fee of Rs 500, which Badri suggested to make it for ‘lifetime’. For that, he proposed to revise the amount to Rs 5000, payable at one time and no more annual renewal deposit henceforth. “This will help increase the association membership as members sometimes forget to renew their yearly membership,” explicated Badri.

In case of help required by DBA members, Badri announced that he would be happy to help them, whether it could be either in financial assistance or any of the kind. Similar view from KC Goel, president, DBA suggested that the members must come up with free mind to share their problems with the office bearers of the association to overcome challenges in best possible ways. He further encouraged the gathering crowd by highlighting the viable possibilities in the Indian printing market, now bustling through new government initiatives like ‘Make in India’ and such provisions. “We are now in a position to compete with China, when it comes to manpower, production and technology,” he reckoned.

Main sponsors

Some of the main sponsors of the fifth Varshikotsav included Welbound, JN Arora, Auto Bind, Pressline India, Impel Services, Ambe Sales Corp, Electro Mec, Graphics Impex, Chemline India, Narsingh Dass & Sons, Rana Enterprises, Avanti Sales Corp, Pramod Graphics Instruments, Shushil Enterprises, Rimson Engineering Works, Savita Enterprises, Krishna Industries, Vipin Takhi Engineering, Nalanda Trading, Wadhwa Enterprises, among others.

Colourful cultural activities in the intervening gaps of keynote speeches throughout the Varshikotsav made the occasion rather lively and entertaining. Attendees appreciated the occasion and effort made by the DBA in binding all together for the welfare of the binder community.

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