Ludhiana: During an emergency meeting of Offset Printers’ Association, the sudden increase in the prices of kraft paper was condemned. Speaking on the occasion, Gagandeep Singh, Secretary OPA said, “It is unfortunate that the price of papers is increased by the paper mills without any reason. The kraft paper which was available at Rs. 26 per kg only 15 days back is now quoted at 30 kg.”
Similarly Semi Kraft is also increased from Rs. 22 to Rs. 26 and duplex from Rs. 33 to Rs. 37 per kg.
It is being voiced that there will be more increase in a day or two. It seems that the mills are working as a cartel and increasing the prices without any reason. The mills have stopped its production to create the scarcity and the printers are helplessly watching because even government is not coming for their rescue, though paper is declared as an essential commodity under ‘The Essential Commodities Act, 1955’.
Amarjot Arora, Executive Members said, “It is seen that only recently after central, state governments cracked down on pulses hoarders for violating the Essential Commodities Act, a paper floated by the NITI Aayog has called for judicious use of the Act to make private investments in marketing and storage attractive. Why discrimination with paper, it is also an essential commodity and government must intervene to crackdown this cartel of paper mills that are increasing prices of paper unnecessarily when everyone knows that is no increase in prices of any raw-material required for manufacture of kraft paper.”
Professor Kamal Chopra, President All India Federation of Master Printers said, “Printing and packaging industry is already suffering due to stiff competition from overseas. The overnight increase in the prices, without any pre intimation cannot be justified.
The printers book order on the prevailing market prices of the raw-material, with such increase without any notice it may not be possible to supply the order or we have to complete the balance orders in losses, which is nothing but a death-nail for the printer due to the cartel of paper mills.”
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