Shri. A. Annamalai (Venkat)
President – FPTA.
“PAPER DAY 1st August”
Federation of Paper Traders’ Associations of India (FPTA) is the apex body of all the Paper Traders of India. Established in the year 1959 on the advice of Late Lal Bahadur Sastri and it is headquartered at Mumbai. FPTA has 35 Paper Trading Associations affiliated to it. FPTA is one the most vibrant Trade Body in India taking up the causes of the Paper Industry and the Paper Trading Fraternity!
“Paper” is a unique product which is produced from a sustainable source ie wood which is cultivated in arid lands by farmers. It is not only bio degradable but also 100% recyclable without much impact on the environment. Paper is the primary medium is spreading Literacy and also enables products to reach the consumers intact. “Paper” also contributes immensely to Health and Hygine of people. There are innumerable application of Paper in our day to day lives. No day passes for every human being in the world without using paper!
In order to spread the awareness of paper, the entire Paper Industry in India, including Indian Paper Manufacturers Association (IPMA), Indian Agro and Recycled Paper Manufacturers Association (IARPMA), Indian Recycled Paper Manufacturers Association (IRPMA), Indian Newsprint Manufacturers Association (INMA) alongwith the apex body of all the paper traders across India – Federation of Paper Traders Associations’ of India (FPTA) met on 12th April 2017 and decided to celebrate 1st August every year as “Paper Day”
WHY 1ST AUGUST?
Papertells, earlier known as the Handmade Paper Institute, is India’s primary handmade paper factory based in Pune. Mahatma Gandhi had had been propagating the importance of Paper since his participation at the Haripur Congress. Mahatma Gandhi later persuaded Scientist K.B Joshi who went on to establish the Handmade Paper Institute which introduced the method of paper making out of waste materials. This institute was inaugurated by Shri Jawaharlal Nehru on 1ST AUGUST 1940 and has since been supplying handmade papers across India
The unique features of the paper manufactured at this institute is making paper in the most eco friendly way. The manufacturing process implemented is also completely eco-friendly and does not pollute the environment in any way. This institute produces paper which has a shelf life of 100 to 500 years!
Further, “The paper for the first true copy of the Indian Constitution was written and printed on the paper manufactured at this unit”.
A curtain raiser for the “ Paper Day” was held on Nov 1st 2017 at Hall No 7, Conference Hall, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Dr.Harsh Vardhan,Hon’ble Union Minister of Science and Technology,Earth Sciences,Environmnet,Forest and Climate change.. Guests of Honor included Shri.Vijay Goel ,Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs,Statistics & Programmee Implementation and Shri .Harshpati Singhania Vice Chairman and Managing Director JK Paper ltd., In this grand meeting it was declared that 1st August every year will be celebrated in India as Paper Day.
ACTIVITIES PLANNED ACROSS INDIA TO CELEBRATE PAPER DAY ON 1ST AUGUST
1. Release of a Stamp under the “My Stamp” scheme of the Postal Department.
2. Drawing/Essay writing competitions for school children across India. The common topics include My Garden ( for drawing competition), Paper and Its Uses & Paper spreads Literacy ( for essay writing competition)
3. Release of First Day covers across India
4. Common Posters highlighting the positives of Paper. These posters will be displayed across India by the Traders, Paper Industry, Convertors and Consumers of Paper.
5. A short film bursting the myths surrounding paper will be released.
6. Notes books with Paper Day messages will be given away to deserving students across India.
7. Paper Traders across India will sport a common T Shirt on 1st August.
By Shri. A. Annamalai (Venkat)
Federation of Paper Traders Associations of India
It is my pride to serve as the Hon. Secretary of our prominent organization Federation of Paper Traders Associations of India (FPTA). I am very thankful to my home association PTA Mumbai who has given me this wonderful opportunity and the senior stalwart’s who regularly guides me to carry out my duties.
The pillars of my organization i.e. 35 affiliated associations who have made the working of the FPTA much effective and firm. To make my working more efficiency, I seek much more support from the pillars.
“My Heartiest congratulations to Shri. Nirmal Kuhad and his team for putting up such a wonderful newly revamped website of FPTA, I must say that the website is very well made and ready for live.
It gives all the information at the right place and I am sure our new website would help to promote history of paper, paper-trade and our organization.”
I appeal our members to send feedback for any further improvement in our web site.
Once again congratulations and keep up the nice work.
Convenor – Website and Social Media.
I thank the President for capping me with the responsibility of restructuring our Website and Social Media during the 1st Meeting of Managing Committee held at Coimbatore in August 2015.
We have registered our new Domains:
www.fptaindia.in & www.fptaindia.org for our website.
The website has been put on air today on 9th January, 2016 in Nagpur during the 2nd Meeting of the Managing Committee of FPTA.
This big breakthrough will be marked in thick ink in the annals of FPTA.
And now the time to thank all the members of my team –
1. SHRI PRIYESH DESAI, ADVISOR
2. SHRI PARISH HEMANT PAREKH
3. SHRI ANIL GUPTA
4. SHRI SUBHRAJIT KUNDU
5. SHRI P.RAJESH JAIN
6. SHRI RANJEET JAIN
for their valuable support from time to time as also Mr.Manish who has kept me abreast of all the data. Their timely help resulted in the release of the website in a short span of time of 3 months.
I also thank Sri Hiren Bhai ,Hons Secretary & Sri Arvind Sharmaji, Convenor of Advisory Committee of FPTA who is also strongly instrumental in pooling together the data.
I now solicit your valuable feedback so that the website can be further upgraded.