Reports

                                      CONVENOR REPORT

               COMMITTEE FOR WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA  

       3 RD MEETING OF MANAGING COMMITTEE AT GOA

                           ON 2TH JUNE – 04TH JUNE – 2019.      

                                                                                                DTD 23.05.2018                                                      

 

I thank our President Sri SAAJAN KUMAR GOENKA for giving me the opportunity to serve FPTA. I would like to share the progress of work that my committee has reached during the year.

 

  • All the information about 36 affiliated associations of FPTA has been updated on our App & WEBSITE.

 

  • As on date the total no of members is approximately 6000. We are regularly uploading the news, events & activities of all the affiliated associations as and when we receive on – WHATS APP, WEBSITE & FPTA INDIA APP. Government circulars, notifications, newspaper articles related to paper trade are also updated from time to time.

 

  • The most heartening thing is that our members are using the App for business inquiries. In a single click they have all the information about material available in various categories.

 

  • We have almost recovered the amount spend on app & website through advertisements. – we thank to the members who have contributed for the App advertisements.

 

  • At the same time, we have to be prepared for future. This era is era of technology. We have to keep the pace with change of time and adopt the innovations to the maximum utilization and benefit of our members. For this we should have financial resources. The income can be generated in the form of advertisements on our App. Our humble request to the affiliated associations is that if we get one advertisement of Rs 15000/- annually from any of their members, it will be Rs 15000/- x 36 = Rs. 5,40,000/- per annum. We can utilize this for development on social media, can have mileage on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, YOU TUBE, WEBSITE, INSTAGRAM and many more other platforms. With this even VOICE OF FPTA will be heard on government level. We can have awareness program & spread of VOICE OF PAPER.

 

  • Last but not the least it will immensely benefit the trade of our members, will give recognition to their business all over the world.

 

I thank all my team members Nirmalji, Abhishekji, Lalitji, Piyushji & Nawinji for their relentless efforts & help, without which we could not have performed our duty. I also thank PTA and FPTA Secretariat for giving us proper feedback and guidance time to time.

 

WITH MORE INFORMATION SEE YOU’LL AT DELHI.

 

YOUR SUGGESTION ALWAYS HELPS US TO IMPROVE.

 

 

WITH REGARDS

MEHUL MEHTA

CONVENOR OF WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA.

 

 

 

 

Report of the Committee for Consumer relations, Grievances and Arbitration

 

The following are members of the subcommittee:

 

Shri. Priyesh Desai (Convenor)

Shri. Muthuraman (Advisor)

Shri. B R Rao (Advisor)

Shri. Tarak Parikh (Advisor)

 

Members:

Shri. Gian Prakash Gupta

Shri. Subhash Saha

Shri. Vishnu Kant Rathi

Shri. Hasit H. Shah

Shri. P. Rajesh Jain

Shri. R. Ravi

 

1) Consumer relations: Members are being informed of various events happening all across the country from time to time where they can participate and interact with the consumers / convertors, update their knowledge of the various developments in the industry and also keep themselves abreast of future trends.

 

2) Grievances / Arbitration:

At the 2nd Managing committee meeting, the house was appraised on Arbitration and Conciliation and initiatives of the government which was also submitted in detail in the report of this committee. A Questionnaire was circulated prior to the 2nd meeting to collect data. The following Associations had responded:

Lucknow Paper Merchants Association
Karnataka Paper Merchants Association
Baroda Paper Traders Association
Madras Paper Merchants Association
Telangana Paper Merchants Association
Paper Traders Association, Mumbai

It was desired by the house that arbitration be implemented across all associations of India and also draft a common clause to be incorporated in invoices. Our VP Mr Muthuraman and Advisor to this committee informed that MPMA has implemented Arbitration and has also sent the arbitration clause. During my interaction, I have requested him to share the costs being incurred on the same as well as other details of experience in implementation of arbitration for the benefit of other association members.

 

Mediation and Conciliation:

 

Since arbitration is generally believed to be a costly option and subsequent to last MC meeting , this committee has learned from legal experts that Mediation has been made compulsory by the government before approaching the courts in civil matters for amounts of 3 lacs and above , it was also thought to consider the mediation option which would be cheaper and time saving to fellow paper traders. Mediation is a persuasive mechanism as against a formal arbitration which is similar to court proceedings. An arbitral award is recognized by the courts vis-à-vis mediation, if it fails, the outcome by itself is not admissible in courts. The failure report of mediation issued by the court authorised mediation agency has to be attached along with the plaint at the time of filing of suit for it to be admissible. However, the success rate for mediation is statistically very high and since the same is compulsory as per law, associations/members can also opt for the same especially where the amounts involved are low. A detailed writeup on Global Success rate of Mediation as received from Bombay Chamber of Commerce is attached for reference. To make it enforceable, if the mediation succeeds and both parties arrive at an amicable settlement, a conciliation agreement can be signed by them which are also known as consent terms and are admissible in the court of law.

 

A seminar on Mediation was organised before the managing committee of PTA Mumbai and subsequently, PTA committee has decided to refer all fresh cases received by the grievance’s redressal committee to mediation on a pilot basis and also give an option to members to shift their existing cases to mediation so as to save on crucial time. The cases can be handled in a more professional and neutral manner with the help of legal experts which would also facilitate a smoother process, if courts of law have to be approached as an ultimate legal remedy.

 

I would like to thank the President, Hon. Secretary, all the advisors and members of my sub-committee for giving continuous guidance and inputs for carrying out the tasks effectively.

 

Thanking You,

Priyesh Desai

Convenor

28th May 2019.

 

 

The Global March of Mediation

by Rashika Narain and Sumit Banerjee

The benefits of time and cost that arise from adopting mediation have been celebrated time and again; nonetheless, when choosing to mediate a dispute, a relevant consideration is – how successful such a process has been in the past. In other words, one would always ask, what is the track record of mediation as an option for concluding and closing disputes. While, records of mediation in India are not currently available in any substantial numbers, due to limited collection of data, statistics from different countries regarding the success rate of mediation proceedings are inspiring as they indicate how successful mediation as a process is.

The comparative efficiency of mediation over litigation is well known. For example, an EU report of 2014 found that both average time and cost to arrive at an outcome, came down drastically in most EU nations such as UK, France, Italy, etc., in mediation cases vs litigations. Most impressive were the efficiency improvements achieved through mediation in Italy, where average time to resolution came down from 1185 days to 66 days, and cost came down from Euro 16000 to a mere 3000 Euros. For comparison, the average life of a case in India is 13 years, and litigants in the country spend an estimated total of ₹ 30,000 crore per year towards court hearings.

Now, these are compelling data sets, and people rightly say, data are eloquent; however, we say that data are even more eloquent and forceful, when they report quantified outcomes. And here comes the outcomes.

Taking a look at Asia, the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) alone has dealt with more than 3,600 disputes ranging from construction disagreements to information technology, insurance and shipping cases. The settlement rate at SMC is close to 70 per cent, with nearly 90 per cent of those disputes being resolved in just one working day. In Hong Kong, the court annexed mediation centre records a total of 780 cases being mediated in 2017, which was a marked increase over 2016, when only 361 cases were reported. The ultimate success rate of Hong Kong cases in 2017 was 61 per cent, with 52 per cent being resolved during the mediation process itself and the remaining disputes were disposed of, within six months after the conclusion of the mediation session.

Italy has a somewhat different experience due to the mediation legislation that has been passed in that country, making mediation mandatory before approaching courts. Between March 2011 and March 2012, over 90,000 disputes were filed. However, due to the respondent sometimes not appearing for sessions, several mediations went unresolved. Among the sessions where both parties (plaintiff as well as respondent) were present, 48 per cent were successful. While the respondent not appearing for a court case is not uncommon, the takeaway lesson from this example is that it is imperative for both parties to be present and agreeable for a successful mediation session to happen.

Conventional examples of highly successful mediation settlement rates would include the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America. In the UK, the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution published the results of their survey, reporting that the size of the mediation market in England and Wales is close to 10,000 disputes annually and the settlement rate for the years 2014-2016 was as high as 86 per cent. In the USA, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. recorded a high settlement rate of 72 per cent for mediations in the year 2018.

The number of disputes received by mediation centres as well as the settlement rates are only increasing with every passing year, and the few barriers to mediation such as parties not appearing for a session, hinders different markets differently. Countries like the Singapore, UK or USA do not face these issues as much as Italy or Hong Kong and such differences perhaps account largely for the differing success rates. Regardless, the trend of settlement rates across the world indicate only an improving trend. The Global Mediation Survey 2016, conducted by International Mediation Institute, involved participation from 831 mediators representing 67 different countries. This survey found that the mediation market is growing exponentially across the globe and business advisors and potential users today understand mediation better than they did earlier. Further, studies conducted in the USA show that parties are more likely to immediately comply with a mediation settlement than a court decree or an arbitral award.

It goes without saying, that the likelihood of a settlement being finally executed is an important consideration in front of potential disputant(s), in selecting a particular pathway of dispute resolution. Mediation, across the world has had impressive success rates with at least more than half of the cases being resolved. As mediation settlements are cost effective, time-efficient with full party autonomy and with majority of cases being resolved, and to top it all, bear a higher likelihood of compliance, we do not see any reason why mediation will not be the first choice in dispute resolution for everyone.

It also closely follows like a corollary, that a neutral and transparent institution such as the Centre for Mediation and Conciliation of Bombay Chamber, shall be the obvious first stop in all our commercial disputes, going forward.

About the writers : Rashika Narain is IVth Year student, B.A. LL.B. at National University of Juridical Sciences; Kolkata; Sumit Banerjee is Chief Mentor of the Centre for Mediation and Conciliation promoted by the Bombay Chamber.

 

References

1.https://www.finra.org/arbitration-and-mediation/dispute-resolution-statistics#mediationstats

2.http://mediation.judiciary.hk/en/figures_and_statistics.html

3.http://mediation.com.sg/about-us/

4.http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/events/conferences/1997/october/taniguchi.html

5.https://www.ssoar.info/ssoar/bitstream/handle/document/41034/ssoar-2014-konoorayar_et_al-Alternative_Dispute_Resolution_in_India.pdf?sequence=1

6.http://www.iadcmeetings.mobi/assets/1/7/18.3_-_Mills_-_ADR_in_key_Asian_markets.pdf

7.https://uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com/w-006-5849?transitionType=Default&contextData=(sc.Default)&firstPage=true&bhcp=1

8.http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/etudes/join/2014/493042/IPOL-JURI_ET(2014)493042_EN.pdf

  1. Hindu Businessline11 June 2018

Report of the FPTA Industry affairs Committee, 2018-2019

 

Dear Members,

 

Firstly, I would like to thank our President Sri Sajjan Goenka for giving me the opportunity to work for FPTA , under his leadership, as convenor of this esteemed committee.

 

Here I present before you the second report of the Industry Affairs Committee of FPTA.

 

The Indian paper industry accounts for about 3.7% of the world’s production of paper. The estimated turnover of the industry is INR 60,000 crore (USD 8.5 billion approximately) and its contribution to the exchequer is around INR 4,500 crore. The industry provides employment to more than 0.5 million people directly and 1.5 million people indirectly. The per capita paper consumption in India at a little over 13 kg, is way behind the global average of 57 kg. It is presumed that the per capita consumption in India will touch 17 kgs by 2024-25. In terms of share in total production, approximately 25% are based on wood, 58% on recycled fibre and 17% on agro-residues. ( Source : IPMA).

 

On 16th Feb, our President Sri Sajjanji along with FPTA PP Sri Satyapalji Gupta met Mr A S Mehta, President IPMA. Our President gave the details of the discussion held with 2 sides team, to IPMA. Later deliberations were held w.r.t celebration of Paper Day on 1st August in New Delhi, in a grand way.

 

FPTA have entered into an agreement with a Company called Mad Earth from Goa, which is into promotional activities on social media. With them, we are trying to reach out to more and more audiences through FPTA’s social media platform like facebook, twitter, linkedin, instagram. FPTA is trying to spread the message of Use Paper on against the myth of usage of paper and save trees. We have created visuals, animations etc., which have been shared with you all even.

On 28th May, another meeting was held at New Delhi between FPTA and General Secretaries of IPMA, IARPMA, INMA. From FPTA , Past President Sri Satyapalji Gupta, Vice President Sri Anil Gupta and my committee member Sri Aditya Gupta represented. Common points of discussion were – to celebrate Paper Day event on larger scale in New Delhi, with support of all allied associations, which was agreed by all. A Road map in this regards to be finalised. On financial front, the General Secretaries opined that FPTA needs to approach individual members of IPMA and other industry bodies and obtain sponsorships. We need to discuss this matter at the upcoming MC Meeting, as to how to proceed further.

 

We once again thank our FPTA President Sri Sajjanji Goenka , Hon. Secretary Sri Hiren Karia and all the members of FPTA, for their continuous support and assure you all – of our commitment for FPTA and Paper Trade.

 

With best regards,

Ravi Kumar Rathi

Convenor – Industry Affairs Committee

Federation of Paper Traders’ Associations of India.

DEEPAK MITTAL – VICE PRESIDENT – 2018-19

Report for 3rd M C Meeting to be held in Goa

  1. Names of the Affiliated Associations under your jurisdiction:
  2. Karnataka Paper Merchants’ & Stationers’ Association – Bangalore
  3. Kerala Paper Traders’ Association – Ernakulam
  4. Tiruchirapalli Disrict Kagitha Vanigarkal Nala Sangam, Trichy
  5. Whether you have visited any of the Associations during the quarter, if not the reasons.

I will be visiting the other two Associations (other than my Home Association) in the next 30 days. Kerala Paper Traders’ Association were in the process of forming a new Team. Hence was advised to come after the formation of the same. The new team is in place with Mr. Anu Avivachan as president. Also, I am in touch with the President of Tiruchy Association over phone and plan to visit them shortly.

I am present in most of the meetings of my home association KPMSA. The association is conducting lot of activities for the fellowship of its members. Recently it conducted a Cricket Tournament for all its Members wherein 8 Teams participated and 120 members (all KPMSA Members) took part in it. It was a roaring success. Lot of social projects too have been undertaken like distribution of free water stand, sponsoring school fees for the under privileged etc.

  1. What are the views of the Associations be it on trade, the functioning of FPTA, Government policies etc.
    1. View on Trade :

The Paper Market has slowed down considerably in the last 4 – 5 months. Demand has come down and prices of most products are under pressure particularly products like Virgin Packaging Board, Newsprint and Coated grades. The expectation is that Copier, Maplitho and other grades will witness some price correction post May when the Note Book season ends.

The prices of Coated Paper have seen close to Rs.5 – 6 / Kg decline, Virgin Packing Board of approx. Rs.4 / Kg reduction & Newsprint has seen a much sharper decline. The MOP of Copier Paper have seen a sharp correction even though Mills have not reduced prices (except West Coast). Traders margin in this product have completely evaporated.

 

All this coupled with the tight liquidity situation in Market has shaken the dealer confidence to a large extent. The average receivable cycle has got extended by 30 days because of the reasons mentioned above.

  1. On Functioning of FPTA :

The FPTA is functioning quite well with an excellent Working Committee Team. The introduction of ‘Paper Times’ magazine, promotion of usage of paper as an eco-friendly product, conducting educational courses for its Members and other numerous initiatives are uplifting the image and respect of FPTA.

  1. On Government Policies :

Rather than bringing down Import Duties or give Zero Import Duty status to Asean Region, Government should encourage Overseas Mills to set up shop here which will create a level playing field for local mills and benefit traders of this country. Also, Government should ensure that India should not become a dumping ground for mixed waste paper due to the ban by Chinese Government. This will create huge amount of pollution in our Country and result in low quality of paper produced.

  • Whether you are in touch with the President and FPTA

Secretariat regularly.

Yes, I am in touch with the President, Shri. Sajjan Goenkaji regularly on the phone and also with the FPTA Secretariat.

  • Whether you have attended the Managing Committee Meeting of FPTA held during the Quarter and if not the reasons.

I had attended the First & Second Managing Committee Meeting held at Kolkata & Coimbatore.

  • What is your assessment with regard to the functioning of FPTA – whether you have any suggestions which would give a boost to its working.
  1. FPTA as mentioned in my earlier report also has become a strong Parent Body representing and working aggressively in the interest of its members and promoting the trade in a way which is helping the entire eco system.

It is doing exemplary work in promoting the usage of paper. The myth that paper is not eco-friendly & resulting in degradation of trees is slowly getting corrected and FPTA is playing a pivotal role in this. The activities around Paper Day needs to be extended on an ongoing basis to completely eradicate the myth that paper is not eco-friendly. This exercise though not easy needs to be pursued.

  1. Bad Debts has become a major worry point for Paper Traders across the Country. FPTA with the help of local associations need to actively engage to device rules and regulations in a way that protects the Traders’ hard earned money from unscrupulous elements in this business. This will revive the interest in the business and encourage next generation to look at this business optimistically.
  2. FPTA should conduct some Seminar or talk by some eminent & expert speakers on Paper Trade. They can give views on how the Trade is trending in the short / medium / long term. This will help Traders to take business decision accordingly.
  3. FPTA should work with Government to help traders come under the ambit            of MSME. This will help amongst other things to bring down the cost of funding for the traders.
  4. FPTA should actively engage with Paper Mills Association on issues like margins or minimum return on investments for its members and also on issues like bad debts etc. A close co-ordination & working between FPTA & Paper Mills Association can help resolve these issues.
  • Any other suggestions

As suggested in my last report, the incoming FPTA President should be part of the Office Bearer Team so that the transition is smooth.

 

 

DEEPAK MITTAL

VICE PRESIDENT

FEDERATION OF PAPER TRADERS ASSOCIATION

 

 

IInd REPORT OF ANIL GUPTA, VICE PRESIDENT, FPTA

FROM DELHI FROM 16TH JANUARY, 2019 TO 30TH MAY 2019.

Being the Vice-President of FPTA through Paper Merchants Association (Regd.), I tried my level best to contact the office bearers of Associations under my area.

Name of the affiliated Associations under jurisdiction; –

  1. Agra Kagaz Vyapar Mandal (Regd), Agra – AKVM, Agra
  2. Paper Merchants Associations (Regd.), Delhi – PMA, Delhi
  3. Dehradun Paper Merchant Association, Dehradun – DPMA, Dehradun
  4. Paper Merchants Associations (Regd.), Noida – PMA, Noida
  5. Meerut Paper Vikreta Sangh (Regd), Meerut – MPVS, Meerut

 

  1. MEETINGS:

On behalf of the FPTA, I attended the Shri Praveen Khandewal ji, CAIT meetings with our Past President Shri Rajindra Kumar Gupta Ji & Shri Raj Kumar Bindal Ji and raise the Trade related issues for Commerce & Finance Ministry.

Ist time, We organised a meeting of all the 5 associations with our FPTA President Sh. Sajjan Goenka Ji in Delhi PMA Office, during the official visit of the President. Four associations attended the meeting, the Meerut Association could not attend the meeting due to some reasons. There was a detailed discussion regarding the problems of the association and Sh. Sajjan Goenka Ji himself gave suggestions to most of the problems.

A meeting was also arranged on 28-05-2019 by our Past President Shri Satya Pal Ji with IPMA, IARPMA, INMA and FPTA in the office of IPMA to discuss about the celebrations of Paper Day on 1-8-2019.

 

 

 

I will also attend the FPTA MC meeting on 2nd June 2019 at Goa.

  1. OUR VISION:

During the tenure, all 5 associations worked and focussed on these four factors:

  • Creating maximum awareness about the paper and its uses among the society by means of primary school children.
  • Organising Projects to distribute copies (containing paper awareness slogans on their cover), stationary and organise drawing competition, essay competition in Primary Schools regarding paper.
  • Trade related meetings
    • Our members Payment Recovery Problem and its solution
    • Educating the members about GST
  • Managing Committee meetings in every month to discuss member welfare.

 

  1. Currently Association Members Positions: –
  2. PMA, Delhi –           Total Membership – 1465.
  3. DPMA, Dehradun –           Total Membership – 20.
  4. PMA, Noida – Total Membership – 43.
  5. MPVS, Meerut –           Total Membership – 60.
  6. AKVM, Agra –           Total Membership – 103.

 

  1. Associations Managing Committee Meeting held for the Day to Day Programmes (jAN. to mAY): –
  2. PMA, Delhi –           2 MC Meeting Held
  3. DPMA, Dehradun –           3 MC Meeting Held
  4. PMA, Noida – 3 MC Meeting Held
  5. MPVS, Meerut –           2 MC Meeting Held
  6. AKVM, Agra –           3 MC Meeting Held

 

  1. Associations Fixed Programmes in the Whole Year: –

The Associations organised various events in Schools and also conducted some meetings to discuss trade related problems. In addition, the associations organised the following programmes:

  1. PMA Delhi has organised 2 Programmes for our members and the elections for the office bearers were held in the month of february,
  2. Holi Programme Celebrated.
  3. Past President Sh. Rajinder Gupta is organised distribution of 6 lakhs notebooks in schools.
  4. DPMA, Dehradun organised 2 Programmes for the members,
  5. Holi Meeting (Family Get-together).
  6. Stationary Distribution to students and also gave scholarship to 25 needy students.
  7. PMA, Noida organised 2 Programmes for the members
  8. Holi Celebrations.
  9. Organised 3 Trade related meetings regarding future business scenario
  10. MPVS, Meerut organised 2 Programmes for the members
  11. Bhandara and Water Distribution to Needy people
  12. Free Books & Copy Distribution in Schools.
  13. AKVM, Agra organised 3 Programmes for the Members and the elections for the office bearers were held in March,
  14. Organised Cricket Match
  15. Holi Celebrations.
  16. Got Government Schools Furniture Repaired (spent Rs.1,50,000).

 


  1. Associations Programmes for FUTURE;

All the 5 associations are planning to organise Paper Day Celebrations.

The PMA, Delhi will be organising the celebration under the guidance of Sh. Satya Pal Gupta Ji Coordinator Paper Day, at a large scale in a Big Stadium. The major points discussed in the IPMA meeting are as follows:

 

  • Getting posters prepared and distributed among the members and getting them pasted in as many shops, schools and mills as possible.
  • Creating awareness that Paper Industry is a non-polluting industry and all the waste generated is thoroughly checked and disposed properly.
  • The Function will be organised as a means of celebration and not just a commercial or a technical event
  • Finalising the chief guest for the event and explaining him about the significance of paper industry.
  • The interviews of big and small Mill Owners should be displayed there on the Screens.
  • The promotion should be done on social media handles like twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.
  • Only positive promotion should be undertaken, negative promotion should not be entertained.
  • There should be proper media coverage of the Event.
  • The function will be organised in the morning.
  1. Association’s Suggestions to the Managing Committee for the Day to Day future progress: –

No suggestions at the moment. All is well.

Sincerely thankful to our president Sh. Sajjan Goenka Ji & secretary Sh. Hiren Karia Ji, Past President – Sh. Gian Prakash Gupta for Co-operation and special thanks to Shri. Satya pal Gupta & Shri Aditya Gupta for guidance.

 

 

(ANIL GUPTA)

Vice-President, FPTA (Delhi)

 

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT FOR THE PERIOD UPTO APRIL 2019.

By Pawan Kumar Goenka

 

It’s a pleasure to submit the report on my FPTA activities for the quarter ending which has been followed as per the format send by FPTA.

 

  1. Total 6 Affiliated Associations under my jurisdiction which are :-

 

Kolkata, West Bengal, Bihar, Varanasi, Kanpur and Lucknow.

 

  1. Whether I have visited any of the association during quarter, if not the reasons:-

 

I have always a close touch with the members of my home association CPTA and WBPTA, attended executive committee meetings of both the associations on regular basis. I also hosted the Holi Get-together of WBPTA and participated in the Baisakhi Adda of CPTA.

 

The AGM of WBPTA is scheduled on 22nd June 2019, in which FPTA President Shri Sajjan Goenka has agreed to be the Chief Guest.

 

I could not visit other associations, but I interacted over telephone with the representatives of those associations, exchanged our views on present market scenario and motivated them to attend MC meeting of FPTA.

 

  1. Views of the Association be it on trade, the functioning of FPTA, Government policies etc:-

 

As per my interactions with various Associations, we find that people are very enthusiastic about the steps taken by FPTA and other Affiliate Associations for the recovery of outstanding debts and which are yielding results in West Bengal and other parts of the country as well.

 

The Affiliate Associations are also willing to set up Arbitration in their respective Associations for which I have assured them full support and cooperation from me and also from FPTA.

 

Three Members of WBPTA participated in a Trade Delegation to Bangladesh, Again Shri Basudeo Karwa from WBPTA was a part of the FPTA Trade Delegation to Russia. Three members from WBPTA also participated in the Seshasayee Paper Mills Workshop. All the three programs were a huge success.

 

Members are of the view that such Workshops and Trade Delegations are very helpful for them and should be organized regularly.

 

  1. Whether I am in touch with the President and FPTA Secretariat regularly?

 

I am in touch with the President of FPTA on regular basis as well as with some FPTA past presidents and presidents of the affiliated associations under my Jurisdiction. After 3rd M.C. meeting, I shall interact with those associations who could not attend the meeting.

 

  1. Whether I have attended the MC Meeting of FPTA held during the quarter:-

 

Yes – I attended both the M.C. meetings of FPTA.

 

  1. What is my assessment with regard to this functioning of FPTA – Whether I have any suggestions which would give a boost to it’s working.

 

FPTA can improve/develop its overall activities only when proper feedbacks from affiliated associations are sent on any specific issue. Frequent exchange of information, some guideline on international & domestic market may help the members of affiliated associations to a great extent.

 

FPTA should find out new associations who are not affiliated till now. In eastern region, there are two associations in Siliguri & Guwahati, both of them are unrepresented. I shall discuss with the FPTA president whether we can jointly visit over there or not.

 

 

  1. Any other suggestions

 

I am in constant touch with all associations to submit their Association reports. Which you should be receiving before the 3rd Managing Committee Meeting.

 

 

Thank you

Pawan Goenka

Vice President – FPTA

 

 

REPORT OF VICE PRESIDENT FOR THE TERM/QUARTER ENDING

  1. Names of the Affiliated Associations under my jurisdiction:

The Paper Traders’ Association, Mumbai

Baroda Paper Traders’ Association, Baroda

Paper Merchants’ Association, Surat

Paper Merchant Association, Ahmedabad      

  1. Whether you have visited any of the Associations during the year, if not the reasons.

PUNE: Visited Pune Association on 29-09-18 along with our President                     Shri Sajjan Kumar Goenka and PTA – Mumbai President Shri Nitesh Shah.

AHEMDABAD & BARODA: Visited Ahmedabad & Baroda Associations on 16-03-19 along with our President Shri Sajjan Kumar Goenka.

SURAT: Will be visiting Surat Association after 3rd Mng. Com. Meeting.

Members remember “Challenges are what make life interesting, overcoming them makes life meaningful”

Mumbai: My Home Association.

Mumbai is having a young and vibrant Managing Committee and my role is guiding the young team to achieve their targets. Our Association is regularly keeping knowledge seminars for the benefit of Members.

Regularly in contact over Phone with Associations under my Jurisdiction.

Looking after day to day working of FPTA office along with Hon. Secretary / Treasurer and Executive Secretary.

We at PTA Mumbai had in March organized an educational trip and had visited N R Agarwal Industries Unit 5 at Sarigam & Unit 1at Vapi in which 70% members were in age group of 20-30 years.

  1. What are the views of the Associations be it on trade, the functioning of FPTA, Government policies etc.

The associations under my jurisdiction are doing well and are active. They have aligned themselves with FPTA. The common issues of the Association with respect to the trade is that of bad debts, long credit terms and over dues.

GST and E-way bill has been streamlined.

The recent volatile situation in China has affected huge correction in prices and has created panic situation among importers and hitting margins.

  1. Whether you are in touch with the President and FPTA Secretariat regularly.

I am in regular touch with the President and Secretary over phone and by mail

  1. Whether you have attended the Managing Committee Meeting of FPTA held during the Quarter and if not the reasons.

I have attended both the AGM and First Managing Committee meeting at Kolkata

I have attended the Second Managing Committee at Coimbatore and the following have attend from my Jurisdiction Mumbai – 9 + 2 PP, Surat – 0, Ahmedabad – 0, Baroda – 0.

Members attending meeting at Goa on 02-06-19 are as follows:

Mumbai – 11 + 2 PP, Ahmedabad – 5, Baroda – 2, Surat – 2.

  1. What is your assessment with regard to the functioning of FPTA – whether you have any suggestions which would give a boost to its working.

Regular interaction between Secretariat and affiliated Associations and monthly reports should be exchanged which will help in strengthening both FPTA and affiliated Associations.

The President/Secretary of all the affiliated Association should circulate all the information with their local members and send their feed back to FPTA secretariat.

All Associations must be motivated to carry out the program of FPTA.

  1. Any other suggestions.

All Associations to keep their Vice President informed about all their activities and be the pillars of FPTA and work with the President to strength our Federation.

Name and signature of the Vice – President:

 

Dhiraj D. Karia                                                              Vice President, FPTA – Mumbai.

Report of the Public Awareness Committee of FPTA – JANUARY -MAY 2019

T Kishan Singh, Convenor of Committee for Public Awareness

 

Sri B. Deepak- Member (Special Invitee)

Sri Rajat Bose – Member

Sri Arvind Agarwal – Member

Sri Bharat D Shah – Member

 

While thanking our FPTA President Shri Sajjan Kumar Goneka Ji for giving me opportunity has a Convenor of this ever-live Committee because of which I have gained tremendous experience, I am glad to connect you with our work so far, during the past 10 months.

REPORT OF                   COMMITTEE

  1. During this Quarter we have been able to successfully launch our

Newsleer named PAPER TIMES. This Newsleer has been brought out

aer a gap of several years and has been well received by the members. It

was sent out to all the members of FPTA, Paper Mills etc. It was even

distributed in Russia during Mill visit over there recently. This has become

a milestone for us.

  1. Plans are afoot for celebra’ng our PAPER DAY in consonance with the

grandness of previous yea

  1. During this Quarter we have been able to successfully launch our Newsletter named PAPER TIMES. This Newsletter has been brought out after a gap of several years and has been well received by the members. It was sent out to all the members of FPTA, Paper Mills etc. It was even distributed in Russia during Mill visit over there recently. This has become a milestone for us.

 

  1. Plans are afoot for celebrating our PAPER DAY in consonance with the grandness of previous year.

Namaste to all of you.

 

T KISHAN SINGH

Convenor – Public Awareness Committee

Federation of Paper Traders’ Associations of India.

 

 

Report of FPTA GST Committee 2018 -19.
To be presented in 3rd MC meeting at Goa from 2nd to 4th June 2019.

 

First of all, I thank and welcome President Shri Sajjan Kumar Goenka ji and all MC members especially PTA Mumbai (Host Association) on the auspicious occasion of 3rd MC Meeting being held at Goa.

After the 2nd MC meeting at Coimbatore on 26-27 Jan 2019, We have received several queries from members regarding GST compliance, News print GST Rate, utilization of input tax credit u/s 49A etc and harassment to traders in case supplier do not pay collected GST then the department send notices to the buyers for recovery of GST amount. Many of our paper traders were issued such notices in Vijayawada etc.

All the problems were discussed with our patrons and committee members and also with our                CA Shri Kshitj Goyal ji (DELHI) who is of very helpful to us and give us free consultancy. The relevant quarries were sorted out and were conveyed to the respected person. The common issues were discussed and proper memorandums were sent to Shri Arun Jaitley ji Hon’ble Union Minister of Finance for consideration from time to time. These are summarized up as under:-

  • ONE CHAPTER ONE TAX.
  • Provision for revision of all types of GST returns.
  • Utilization of input tax credit newly introduced u/s 49A.
  • Reversal of credit in case of destruction / write off goods.
  • Reverse charge mechanism is revenue neutral transaction, hence should be done away.
  • Traders are facing problem and harassment due to minor errors.
  • Law provides that the credit should not be allowed to buyers if suppliers have not paid GST.

On one chapter one tax issue, Our Respected Shri Satya pal Gupta ji had already taken up this issue with ASSOCHAM, FICCI and higher authorities.

Provision for revision of all types of GST returns, FPTA GST Committee had written several times to the Govt since introduction of GST and I feel happy to say that in many heads revision is allowed and we hope in future revision will be allowed for all clerical mistakes as is allowed in Income tax etc.

SECTION 49A:- Utilization of input tax credit subject to certain conditions. As per CBIC Clarification taxpayers may continue to utilize their input tax credit as per the functionality available on the common portal i.e. the old system. The newly inserted rule 88A in the CGST Rules while not impacting the quantum of tax collection affects the cash flows of business and would create a cash crunch for small and medium traders.

All other issues are taken up and hope in near future some more fruitful results will be seen.

With the blessing of all of you, and the continued efforts of this FPTA GST team for the last 2 Years we have achieved success in convincing the Authorities to make necessary amendments in the GST. This GST team will continue its efforts untiringly to make the GST rules traders friendly.

I thank all the affiliated Associations for their efforts & support to put-up GST issues from time to time with their State authorities. I also thank our President Shri Sajjan Goenka ji, Secretary Shri Hiren Karia ji and all the Members of the Managing Committee of FPTA for having extended full help in performing my duties. I assure that I shall do my best to live up to the expectation of all.

 

 

Krishan Mohan Gupta.
(Convener GST- Committee)
                                                                                                                                    E-mail:   fpta.gst@gmail.com                                                                                                                               98100 34262,                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REPORT OF VICE PRESIDENT FOR THE TERM/QUARTER ENDING

  1. Names of the Affiliated Associations under my jurisdiction:
  • Salem Paper & Allied Traders Association
  • Coimbatore Paper & Allied Merchants Association
  • Erode Paper Traders Association
  • Dindigul Paper Traders Association
  1. Whether you have visited any of the Associations during the year, if not the reasons.

Have been in close touch with my parent association on all front and visited Erode. Have been seeking the support of both Coimbatore and Dindigul for conducting a consumer meet and eagerly expecting their reply. But have been seeking to the associations on a regular basis

  1. What are the views of the Associations be it on trade, the functioning of FPTA, Government policies etc.

Most of our members feel that bill traders have been and becoming unscrupulous due to this the price of the product offered by genuine traders and these operators have huge variation and it has impacted the organized trade. They are also looking for a uniform rate of tax for all paper and paper products. Uploading of returns in the GST portal have always been a challenge and they are still not sure about the filing of the Annual returns.

D.Whether you are in touch with the President and FPTA      Secretariat regularly.

Have been participating in the conference call and also responding through WhatsApp messages. Have spoken to our President and requested him to visit Salem during August 2019. I will also impress our other board members to come to Salem during our president visit.

Whether you have attended the Managing Committee Meeting of FPTA held during the Quarter and if not the reasons.

Have attended the MC meeting both at Kolkata and Coimbatore.

  1. What is your assessment with regard to the functioning of FPTA – whether you have any suggestions which would give a boost to its working.

I personally feel that FPTA must engage in the furthering business of all our members and guide them to make their business more profitable and sustainable. FPTA must bring some short term management sessions and also Taxation sessions during the MC meeting and AGM’S. FPTA must engage with paper mills and protect the interest of its members especially when there are lot of upspring in the prices. It is the dealer who faces the customer on a day to day basis. Off late the mills treatment to dealers have been eroding and crux of the relationship is being lost. The dealer margin which were 7.5% about 3 decades ago have now narrowed down to less than 2 %

Any other suggestions.

Need the permission of our President and Secretary to discuss the issue of Mill – dealer relationship at length during the MC meeting.

Name and signature of the Vice – President:

S.Saravanakumar

Salem Paper & Allied Traders Association

 

 

Vice President.

Respected Members,
 

Please find attached herewith the 

Report 

of 

Shri. Tarak Parikh

 Vi
ce President Pune

for your information and necessary action.

 
Regards,
 
For FPTA
Hiren Karia
Hon. Secretary

B.R.RAO’S VICE PRESIDENT REPORT  FOR THE 3rd  M.C. MEETING TO BE HELD ON 2nd to 4th  MAY, 2019 AT GOA.

 

I want to Thank the President Shri S.K. Goenka Ji, Hon. Secretary Shri Hiren Karia and the FPTA secretariat for the support and cooperation extended to me. I also want to thank my home Association Telangana Paper Merchants Association for the support and cooperation.

  1. Names of the Affiliated Associations under your jurisdiction:

Five associations which were under my absolute jurisdiction  are:

1.Telangana Paper Merchants Association, Secunderabad.

2.Paper Merchants Welfare Association, Vijayawada.

3.Orissa Paper Dealers Association, Cuttak.

  1. Raigarh Paper Traders Association, Raigarh.

5.Mahakaushal Paper Dealers Association, Jabalpur.

Also as a Vice President of FPTA, my services are available to the remaining 31 associations  and also to various sub-committees of the FPTA, as and when required.

  1. Whether you have visited any of the Associations during the quarter, if not the reasons.

Attended all the meetings conducted by my home association Telangana Paper Merchants Association. FPTA President Shri S.K. Goenka visited Telangana Paper Merchants Association on 15th May 2019. Participated in the meeting with office bearers, past presidents and senior members of the Association. TPMA conducted a press conference on the eve and it was published in around 4 major news papers in Telangana.

 

Visited Paper Merchants Welfare Association, Vijayawada. A detailed report of my visit and the discussions were enclosed to this report.

In touch with the other 3 associations to fix up a date for the visit. There was not much response from them but I am trying hard to visit them.

From the association allotted to me, there was good support and participation for the Technical Course conducted by Seshasayee Paper and Boards and International Russian Trip conducted by the FPTA. Around 6 members were in the International Russian Trip and 7 members participated in the Technical Course conducted by SPB.

  1. What are the views of the Associations be it on trade, the functioning of FPTA, Government policies etc.

 

Traders – Wholesalers worries are about direct marketing by the mills to the consumers and Retailers are worried about direct marketing by the wholesalers to the consumers.

Traders were worried about the Price fluctuations taking place as the traders are more affected when prices fluctuate.

Traders complain about the reduction in margins and I am of the firm opinion it is TRADERS and fellow traders who are responsible for the low margins and not the market or the mills.

Traders complain of bad debts and again it is the Traders who are responsible for the bad debts in most of the cases.

Traders are expecting more results from FPTA from the government front and paper market front. The traders feel that good discussions do take place in FPTA but follow up action by the FPTA is not sufficient for getting the results from the government bodies.

 

  1. Whether you are in touch with the President and FPTA

Secretariat regularly.

 

I am in regular touch with the President Shri Sajjan Ji, Hon. Secretary Shri Hiren Ji and FPTA Secretariat through phone and mails. I am also in touch with the FPTA SECRETARIAT.

 

I participated in  the concalls of the FPTA conducted.

 

I am in contact with FPTA Past Presidents, Vice Presidents and FPTA members as and when occasion arises. I am actively associated with the activities connected with various sub-committees.

 

I am in touch with all the Presidents and Secretaries of the five associations allotted to me. I made a whatsup group of the five associations under my control and interact and exchange information on regular basis.

 

  1. Whether you have attended the Managing Committee Meeting of FPTA held during the Quarter and if not the reasons.

I have attended the 1st Managing Committee Meeting at Kolkata and also  attended the 2nd MC Meeting held at Coimbatore. I am also attending the 3rd M.C. Meeting going to be conducted at Goa.

  1. What is your assessment with regard to the functioning of FPTA – whether you have any suggestions which would give a boost to its working.

The functioning of the FPTA under leadership of Shri Sajjan Ji is good but the following can boost its working:

1) A full fledged and full time Secretary General must be appointed for FPTA just like IPMA, IARPMA, INPA. Already decision taken in the last M.C. Meeting and implementation is pending.

2)FPTA office must be shifted to New Delhi as all trade associations are in New Delhi as the power centers and decision taking bodies are in New Delhi

3)Vice Presidents being the face of FPTA must be part of Advisory Board Meetings, where important decisions are being taken.

  1. Any other suggestions.

FPTA must prepare guidelines of trade practices between the wholesalers and retailers and circulate to all associations which will help in maintaining the chain of distribution and the unity of paper traders at the ground level.

 

B.R.RAO

VICE PRESIDENT – FPTA 

 

 

 

REPORT OF SHRI B.R.RAO VICE PRESIDENT VISIT TO PAPER MERCHANTS WELFARE ASSOCIATION, ANDHRA PRADESH ON APRIL 5TH 2019.

 

I visited Paper Merchants Welfare Association, Andhra Pradesh situated at Vijayawada on Friday, 5th April, 2019.

 

PMWA, AP  has given a warm welcome and supported me fully during my visit to Vijayawada. Intially we had a briefing session for 2 hours in the office of the President, with President Shri Lalit Kumar Tarachand, Secretary Shri V.V.D. Ramesh, Past FPTA Vice President Shri Madhusudan Bang and selected office bearers to know about the PMWA and its activities. In the evening I attended the Managing Committee Meeting specially called to mark the visit of the Vice President, FPTA. The Managing Committee meeting was well attended with  the office bearers, Past  Presidents and Managing Committee Members. The various points discussed during the meeting are as follows:

 

  1. PMWA, AP is regularly conducting yearly General Body Meetings and 4 Managing Committee Meetings every year. The Office bearers term is for 2 years.The Managing Committee meetings were less keeping in view the association members are spread through out Andhra Pradesh and their attendance and conducting the meeting is difficult. PMWA starting conducting their Managing Committee Meetings at different locations to ensure more participation of their members. Their earlier Managing Committee Meeting was held at Vishakapatnam. They are planning to have their AGM in June/ July at Vijayawada and also one managing committee meeting at Tirupathi.

 

  1. PMWA, AP was one step ahead of most of the associations in educating their members about proper documentation. PMWA has prepared a KYC (KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER) format and distributed to all their members to get the same filled from their customers. I have informed the members the importance of documentation along with examples of the trade and given format of various written communication we must have with the customers when we take orders, the format in which we have to place order with the mills and various conditions to be printed in the Delivery Challans and Invoices. Few members raised their difficulties in having documentation and the same were clarified.

 

  1. Informed the members to have norms of payment to be mentioned on their invoices and also the interest clause for delayed payments. It was informed if all the traders are united the implementation of these will become easier.

 

  1. PMWA, AP has got their members and note book manufacturers in Andhra Pradesh to print the data that Indian Paper Industry does not cut forests and Say Yes to Paper as paper is recyclable, bio-degradable and sustainable. The books printed with PMWA, AP and Public Awareness Committee on the back cover page, were released by me during the meeting.Informed the members present that while distributing the note books for poor children, we must educate them how paper is environmental friendly and benefits of using the paper. Members were informed about the FPTA activities with regard to Paper Day celebrations and the efforts being put for educating the society that paper is good for environment. Members were also informed to oppose the propaganda for Paperless Campaign and to take the help of Public Awareness Committee and its members in countering the same.

 

  1. PMWA, AP has informed that all the correspondence received from FPTA is being circulated to all their members and even monthly reports are being sent to FPTA  well in time.PMWA, AP is in regular touch with me and also the FPTA Secretariat as and when required. PMWA AP has developed whatsapp group and all important information and messages received in FPTA MC group is being forwarded to all their members in the group.

 

  1. PMWA, AP is actively attending all the managing committee meetings and AGM’s conducted by the FPTA. PMWA, AP members are active in various sub-committees of the FPTA and contributing their might in the activities of FPTA.

 

  1. PMWA, AP wanted to represent to the Government of Andhra Pradesh GST Department to increase the limit from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1,00,000 as being done in the neighboring state Tamilnadu. In this regard Shri C. Balasubramanin, FPTA Past President have given to us the copies of the government orders. I have informed tha PMWA, AP to take up with the Andhra Pradesh Government and if need be I have informed my readiness to be part of the team.

 

  1. ARBITRATION BOARD. At present there is no Arbitration Board in PMWA, AP. There is RED BOOK but not very active. PMWA, AP is interested to start Arbitration Board in their Association. I have informed them to first have Grievence Cell and make Red Book Active. I have extended my services and help to PMWA, AP for taking up the matter further, as I am having experience as Chairman, Arbitration Board of Telangana Paper Merchants Association  and as an Advisor to the  Committee for the Consumer Relations and Arbitration  of FPTA.

 

  1. Registration Renewal. Just like many associations, PMWA, AP was registered but the renewals has not taken place. Association and its office bearers has put in lot of efforts for the renewal of the registration but were not successful. As the Registrar of Co-operative Societies Act is the same in Andhra Pradesh and  Telangana, I have shared my experience and procedure adopted by TPMA  and how we got it renewed. I offered my services to PMWA, AP in this issue.

 

  1. Education and Mill Visit. Discussed the importance to have technical and managerial sessions for the members and also mill visits. PMWA, AP has sent two students for the the Technical Course being conducted by MPMA at Seshasayee Paper and Boards, Erode. PMWA, AP is also considering a mill visit to JK PAPER MILLS in this year.

 

  1. PMWA, AP is also conducting various services activities to its members and to the society by distributing note books, conducting free water and butter milk distribution camps during summer and other service activities as and when demand arises.PMWA is also conducting blood donations camp on 2nd october, celebrating Gandhi Jayanthi. Informed PMWA, AP about various service activities which TPMA is doing to its members, members employees and their children and to the society.

 

  1. To develop relations between the members of the PMWA and their families, PMWA is conducting KARTIKA VANA SAMARADHANA – A YEARLY GET TO GATHER of the members with their families in a graden.

 

On the whole it was a very useful visit as I am able to understand PMWA, AP and its activities and also able to share my experience and thoughts with the members of PMWA, AP.

 

I want to thank the President Shri Lalit Kumar Tarachand, Secretary Shri V.V.D. Ramesh , Shri Madhusudhan Bang, Shri A.T. Arusu and all the office bearers and managing committee members for all the courtesy and support extended to me during the visit to PMWA, AP.

 

B.R.RAO

VICE PRESIDENT – FPTA

 

 

 

 

                  CONVENER REPORT

 

Committee for International Trade 2018-19 At

       3rd Managing Committee Meeting to be held at   

                  GOA on 3rd& 4th June -2019

 

I thank our President for nominating me for this post and thank my team members for cooperating with me throughout the term towards fulfilling my duty as Convenor – Committee for International Trade.

 

Global Scenario for Paper & Board industry is generally on correction mode and Prices are downwards since past 3 months. Most of the mills have reduced the prices around 50 to 100 USD per ton in 2019.

 

Indian Import of Paper & Boards declined by 25% in the first nine months of the current year from April 2018 to Dec 2018, due to diversion of export consignments to China from countries like South Korea, Indonesia etc & Anti dumping rates fixed for Copier Paper.        

 

The Import for 9 months was 1.1 Million tons from April to December 2018 as against 1.47 Million ton in corresponding period last year.

 

Current Average Rates:

Soft wood pulp                                      – 750 to 800 US $

Hard Wood Pulp                                   – 650 to 670 US $

Waste Paper Average –        Brown       – 200 US $

                              –         White        – 350 US $

       India Imports nearly – 2.3 Million Tons of Waste Paper.

Coated Paper                                                  – 740 to 800 US $

Wood free Paper                                             – 800 to 830 US $

Copier                                                             – 850 to 880 US $

Newsprint                                                                – 550 to 570 US $

 

US $ – is stable &currently around 69.75 INR

 

  1. China has announced that it will ban all varieties of Waste paper Imports from 2020, which will have huge impact on Asian Markets.

  

  1. Nine dragons paper – China signs MOU to set up paper unit in Maharastra. Currently they produce 15 Million tons of paper equal to India’s total production.

 

  1. Asia Pulp & Paper APP signs MOU to set up USD 3.5 billion paper & Board plant in Andhra Pradesh.

 

   Happy to inform you that we had a very successful & fruitful trip to Russia from April 21st to 28th 2019 Moscow & Saint Petersburg. Lucky to have both FPTA President & secretary as part of delegation.

 

We got very good response and around 45 delegates from All India namely Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkatta, Cuttack, Salem, Coimbatore, Sivakasi, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Indore, Merrut, Nepal etc participated.

 

 

 

First day we visited SFT group factory.

 

   Kamenskaya Paper Mill, one of the oldest paper mill in the country, Kamenskaya dates back to 1799. They mainly produce Kraft grades.

   The reception, welcome & honour by the mill employees was beyond expectations. They had invited local press reporters also. We were taken around the mill and later had presentation by the mill senior management.

 

   Second Day was a land mark day when we visited the Indian Embassy Moscow. They had made excellent arrangements and invited more than 50 guests from various sectors. The whole programme was very professionally conducted. The whole programme was telecast live on FPTA FACEBOOK PAGE & viewed by many members from all India.

       

 

 

   Firstly we were addressed by Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation – D.B. Venkatesh Varma, Who assured us of all help & support for doing business in & out of Russia. He explained in details about the steps being taken to reduce the shipment time, Banking channels easing & other matters. He was very positive & happy to see us all there.

 

   Secondly I gave my presentation briefly about FPTA & the purpose of our visit and the opportunities for Russian Paper Mills in India.

 

   Our FPTA President Sajjan Goenkaji also addressed the gathering there highlighting the FPTA, Indian Paper Industry, Paper Day etc.

 

   Next we were addressed by Yury Lakhtikov – Chairman – Russian Association of Pulp & Paper Organizations and Enterprises (RAOBUMPROM) equal to our IMPA. He was instrumental in arranging our mill visits and assured us of all co-operation for business with Russian Paper Mills.

 

   We were also addressed by :-

 

  1. Russia Far East Development Agency.
  2. President of Union of Paper Wholesalers – Double V biggest trading house in Russia.
  3. Russian Asian union of Industrialist – Maxim Kuzmato
  4. Bank from Russia and Open House.

  

   Finally our secretary summed up the whole meeting & delivered the vote of thanks. After that we had networking session with all guests. It was a great honour & experience for all the delegates.

 

   Next day to took a local flight to our next mill – Kondopoga Paper Mills – Big Newsprint paper mill, Kondopoga is currently the largest in Russia and 7th biggest in Europe. Newsprint producer with a annual output of .75 million tons. They are exporting to India also.  

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

   They were very excited to welcome us & had made very elaborate arrangements. They gave us a presentation about their mills & then we had a detailed Visit of their factory. They have assured us of all help for business in India.

 

   Next day afternoon we went for a very good business meeting organised in top 5 star hotel by Illim group – Russia. Illim group is the leader of the pulp and paper industry in Russia in terms of market share, output and investment volumes, and one of the industry leaders globally. International Paper is the strategic partner of Illim Group. Current production over 3 Million tons of pulp and paper products per year. By 2023, Illim Group will increase its aggregate market product volumes to 4.4 Million tons per year.

 

 

 

   Senior Vice President of Illim Group gave a very impressive presentation about their group, followed by my speech and the Q & A. We had a very good networking during coffee break. They are very positive about doing business in India. A very highclass experience for all of us.

 

   Last official visit was to Russia’s biggest trading house Double V. We visited their warehouse and cutting facilities outside Saint Petersburg & understood their systems. After that we visited their city office where they gave a presentation & welcomed us for any business tie ups.

 

 

 

   During the trip we had networking sessions among our 45 delegates for business oppurtunities & celebrated birthday of our FPTA president at Russia.

 

 

 

   Overall it was a great memorable life time experience for all the delegates.

  1. Anti dumping duty on copier, Copier paper from Indonesia, Thailand etc has fixed at any clearance below 855 USD CIF. The difference will be charged at anti dumping duty. This order is for 3 Years. No Anti dumping duty on Coated paper – Ruling given.
  2. Custom Duty Charges from 1st April 2019.

Japan – 2.0 %, China – 7% -Sheets,9% -Reels from Chinese Coated Paper. South Korea, Indonesia & Thailand, Vietnam – 0 %

        

Thanking you,  

Shekar Chandak

Convener

Committee for International Trade – FPTA

 

REPORT OF VICE PRESIDENT FOR THE TERM/QUARTER APRIL ENDING

  1. Names of the Affiliated Associations under your jurisdiction:

The Madras Paper Merchants’ Association, Chennai

The Sivakasi Paper Merchants’ Association, Sivakasi

Madurai Paper Traders Association, Madurai

 

  1. Whether you have visited any of the Associations during the quarter, if not the reasons.

I have visited The Sivakasi Paper Merchants Association on 23rd October 2018.

I am present at all the meetings of The Madras Paper Merchants Association, my home Association

I will be visiting Madurai Paper Traders Association on 19th June 2019

Our FPTA President Shri Goenka Ji will be visiting all the associations allotted to me (Madurai, Sivakasi and Madras) on 23rd and 24th of August 2019 and I will be accompanying him. This will be my second visit to the associations allotted to me.

 

  1. What are the views of the Associations be it on trade, the functioning of FPTA, Government policies etc.

 

 

VIEWS OF THE ASSOCATIONS ON THE CURRENT TREND ON TRADE

  1. The upswing in copier demand has tapered down considerably. MOP of copier paper has hence dropped drastically.
  2. The market is witnessing a free flow of un coated woodfree grades from Indonesia and Thailand. South markets have witnessed arrivals of uncoated woodfree in 55 gsm in note book sizes. Such arrivals are putting pressure on prices of Indian Wood free grades.
  3. Newsprint prices have dropped considerably. The demand has also tapered down. They have started supplying Newsprint in market size. Newsprint manufacturers are planning to shift to writing and printing grades to cover their machines.
  4. Packaging grades are witnessing a steep fall in prices, especially in virgin grades. MOP has dropped and paper mills are finding it difficult to cover their machines. Payment cycles which were quite long, has further deteriorated.
  5. Consumption of Tissue grades are witnessing a steady growth

VIEWS OF THE ASSOCIATIONS ON FUNCTIONING OF FPTA

  1. Associations are looking up at FPTA to represent more aggressively with the Government on issues faced by Trade as regards GST.
  2. Some form of regular communication from FPTA directly to the members is being sought to bring about a connect between the individual member with FPTA. The communication may be in the form of an e mail/SMS
  3. FPTA to interact with all the Paper Mills Associations frequently to bring about stability in the market.

 

VIEWS OF THE ASSOCIATIONS WITH RESPECT TO GOVERNMENT POLICIES

  1. FPTA to partner CAIT and ensure that the interest of the small and medium Traders are protected from Multinational companies and large corporates.
  2. FPTA to get relief for the trade from the issues faced by the Traders with respect to GST, especially section 49 A
  3. FPTA to ensure that Traders are brought within the ambit of MSME act.
  4. Whether you are in touch with the President and FPTA

Secretariat regularly.

 

  • I am in constant touch with FPTA President and Secretary both over the telephone as well as through e mails.

 

  • I HAVE BEEN SENDING MONTHLY REPORTS OF ALL THE ASSOCIATIONS TO THE PRESIDENT, SECRETARY AND SECRETARIAT.

 

  • I am an active participant in all the conference calls. I have not missed out on any conference call till now, even if I was travelling overseas!!

 

  1. Whether you have attended the Managing Committee Meeting of FPTA held during the Quarter and if not the reasons.

I have attended the 1st and 2nd MC meetings of FPTA held respectively at Kolkatta and Coimbatore.

 

  1. What is your assessment with regard to the functioning of FPTA – whether you have any suggestions which would give a boost to its working.
  2. FPTA is functioning quite well, however, with more direct interaction of FPTA with members of the Affiliate associations will be received well. This will further boost the image of FPTA.
  3. Paper Times should be circulated to all the members directly by FPTA secretariat. If it is not viable to send the hard copy, we should send it as a soft copy.
  4. Any other suggestions. 
  • FPTA is doing great work in promoting usage of paper and bursting the myth about paper how ever the negative campaign is going strong and also gaining more momentum. In this background it is essential that FPTA partner with relevant NGO’s – national and international to effectively lobby and to ensure that this negative campaign is contained to the larger extend.
  • Social Media platform like Linkedln, Twitter, Face book are very effective to spread information, however all campaigns of FPTA needs to be circulated via What’s app, email. This suggestion is based on the fact that many members of our fraternity may not be very conversant with   other social media platforms.
  • FPTA to promote regional level meetings of Affiliate Associations at least once in a year. This will foster better understanding and also give a direction to the Trade at regional level
  • A strong FPTA brand is to be created.

 

I am delighted to state that most of members of all affiliate associations allotted to me have implemented the Arbitration clause. This was done with a continuous follow up from my side.

Further I have also motivated all the affiliate associations in Tamil Nadu to implement the arbitration clause.

With the encouragement of FPTA and relentless efforts of Mr. Venkat Annamalai with determination, the 11th short term course on pulp and paper conducted by Seshasayee Paper and Boards Ltd., for the members of our fraternity was a roaring success with a participation of over 30 members from all across India.

Madras Paper Merchant’s Association has co-ordinated very well for the success of the short term course.

It gives me pleasure to inform that MPMA is celebrating Platinum Jubilee this year. We have planned for a grand meeting to commemorate this occasion scheduled for 24th August. Our President SHRI. SAJJAN KUMAR GOENKA has kindly accepted our Invitation and given his consent to be one of the guest. On behalf of members of MPMA I take this opportunity to Invite all members of FPTA to grace this occasion.

A.Muthuraman

Vice – President

Report of the FPTA GST Committee 2018-19.
To be presented in 2nd MC meeting at Coimbatore on 26-27 Jan 2019.

In the first managing committee of FPTA, held on 20th Aug 2018 at Kolkata the following team for GST Committee was approved by FPTA for the year 2018-19. I am thankful to the President                          Shri Sajjan Goenka ji, General Secretary Shri Hiren Karia ji and managing committee for nominating me again as convener of the most important Committee.

Krishan Mohan Gupta (Convener) Delhi.

Sh. Gian Prakash Gupta                  Delhi.

Sh. Ramesh Chand Jain                   Delhi.

Sh. Gaurang Mehta                    Mumbai.

Sh. Priyesh Desai                       Mumbai.

Sh. P Rajesh Jain                          Chennai.

Sh, Deepak Prakash Shah                Pune.

Sh. Gopal Saha                            Kolkata.

Sh. Manish Aggarwal               Kanpur.

Sh. Arvind Agarwal,                  Kanpur.

 

GST which was introduced in India on 1st July 2017 for the first-time created lots of problems for the Trading community, Compliance of GST was not an easy task, the punitive rules of GST were very complicated keeping all these difficulties in mind this Committee started work under valuable guidance of our Ex-presidents Sh Satya Pal Gupta ji, Sh Balasubramanian ji and FPTA Office bearers and MC members.

With the blessing of all of you and dedicated efforts of this FPTA GST team during past one and half Year we had been succeeded to convince the Authorities and make certain amendments in the GST & on its portal to ease the compliance for all.

The committee received various suggestions regarding the problems faced by the various Paper Associations of India and as per discussions in MC meeting, considering them the GST Committee sent a memorandum to Shri Arun Jaitley ji Hon’ble Union Minister of Finance, Covering all relevant suggestions and difficulties, these are summarized up as under :-

  • At present one chapter of 48 is still even under two slabs of GST i.e. 12% & 18%, the committee again suggest that the there should be one GST slab of 12% for the chapter 48.                  (Related to Paper , Board and its products),

 

  • RCM under Sec.9 (3) of CGST Act, 2017 also to be deferred like the deferment of RCM of other Sections,

 

  • Clerical mistakes in E-way bill / Invoicing / tax deposits in wrong head etc should not attract any penalty or punitive action,

 

  • Provision for revision of GST returns / forms like Trans 1, GSTR 1, GSTR 3B etc should be allowed.

Our Ex-president Sh Satpal Gupta ji attended meetings conducted by FICCI & ASSOCHAM recently & regarding GST he emphasized vigorously in case of chapter 48 there should be only one slab of GST
i.e. 12%. We heartily thank him for his untiring efforts.

A joint meeting of GST committee of PMA Delhi and Delhi members of FPTA GST Committee was conducted at PMA Delhi office on 24 December 2018 to discuss various day to day problems and which may be in the next memorandum to be sent to the relevant authorities.

A Delegation of FPTA attended IPMA meeting on 11th January 2019 and after the meeting PMA Delhi Invited this delegation to its office at Chawri Bazar Delhi Beside other points GST issues were also discussed. Problems discussed will be included in next memorandum are: –

(1) The law provides that the credit should not be allowed if the suppliers have not paid taxes it leads to double payment of taxes.

(2) Similarly, Input tax is not available on goods which are lost, stolen, destroyed written off or disposed of by way of gift or free samples. The merchants would not be able to absorb these losses in their wafer thin margin. A complete memorandum will be sent shortly to the finance ministry.

I thank all our affiliated Associations for their efforts & support to put-up our GST issues from time to time with their State Chief Minister, Finance Minister and local GST Commissioner Etc. I also thank our President Shri Sajjan Goenka ji, Secretary Shri Hiren Karia ji and all the Members of the Managing Committee of FPTA for having extended full help in performing my duties. I assure that I shall do my best to live up to the expectation of all.

Krishan Mohan Gupta.
(Convener GST- Committee)                                                                                                                              

E-mail:   fpta.gst@gmail.com                                                                                                                              98100-34262                                                  

 

 

 

REPORT OF VICE PRESIDENT (FOR THE SECOND MC MEETING) S. Saravana Kumar Vice President, FPTA 26-27 January 2019 Coimbatore AGM OF SALEM PAPER & ALLIED TRADERS ASSOCIATION • Paper day stamps were distributed to all members • Members were briefed with GST / Income Tax / Labour laws with an interactive session. CONSUMER MEET WITH SALEM DISTRICT OFFSET PRINTERS ASSOCIATION The following issues were highlighted by the printers: • Frequent price increase. • Mills must supply at prices which were accepted at the time of booking. • Branded products like Sunlit Bond, etc. were not available. • They wanted a mill visit • Had requested them to incorporate the usage of paper in the invoice and commercial document • They shared concerns if govt. orders were floated with products which are no longer produced like Mysore Kraft, Surpur Ledger. MILL VISIT TO STUDENTS OF NARASUS SARATHY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY • This visit was organized with a view to drive home the fact that using paper is environmentally friendly & suitable. • Had spoken to the students and showed the video of paper making at TNPL. Had and interactive session with students and highlighted the “carbon footprint” in the process of making paper is far more environmentally safe. PRINTERS ASSOCIATION MEET • Spoken to printers association at Tirupur and Karur to hold a consumer meet & waiting for their date. NAEP AWARDS WITH SDOPA Participated in the felicitation ceremony for NAEP awards with SDOPA and distributed paper day stamps. During the meeting the following points were highlighted: • Avoid purchasing paper without bill. • Make payment promptly to paper dealers since the margin is very thin. • Develop new concepts and innovate in office stationery so that small printers can survive. ERODE ASSOCIATION MEETING • Met the complete board and requested for organizing a consumer meet. • Spoken to our IPP Mr. Balu to provide me an opportunity to participate in their meeting and organize for a consumer meet and eagerly awaiting his response. • Had been in touch with Dindingul paper merchants association and waiting to get their appointment to meet them & the consumers. AFFILIATED ASSOCIATIONS • Salem Paper & Allied Traders Association • Erode Paper Traders Association • Dindigul Paper Traders Association • Coimbatore Paper & Allied Merchants Association VIEWS OF THE ASSOCIATION • Most of the members associations with whom I have been in touch have welcomed the actions taken by FPTA for the ADD on coated paper • Members were worried about the wide swing in changes to the prices during the last 2 months especially the bond varities. • Funds crunch was also a pain for the dealers. • Most of the members were happy on the recent changes in GST. Also look forward for simplification of return filing. • Single use in our plastic ban in our state will have positive effect in consumption of packaging paper & board. However some retailers are using metalized polyester bags & think it is aluminum foil • FPTA should embark in a nation wide propaganda to use paper as packaging material. The off coming paper day on 1st August may be used as Launch pad • Have been participating in conference calls regularly. • Have attended the 1st MC meeting at Kolkata & look forward to the 2nd MC meeting. • FPTA must embark on a program access all associations on arbitration / promotion of paper day by using the platform to promote paper usage.

REPORT OF VICE PRESIDENT FOR THE TERM/QUARTER ENDING

  1. Names of the Affiliated Associations under your jurisdiction:

The Paper Traders’ Association, Mumbai

Baroda Paper Traders’ Association, Baroda

Paper Merchants’ Association, Surat

Paper Merchant Association, Ahmedabad      

 

  1. Whether you have visited any of the Associations during the year, if not the reasons.

Have not visited as all affiliated associations under my jurisdiction has give time for visit post 2nd MC meeting.

  1. What are the views of the Associations be it on trade, the functioning of FPTA, Government policies etc.

The associations under my jurisdiction are doing well and are active. They have aligned themselves with FPTA. The common issue of the Association with respect to the trade is that of bad debts, long credit terms and over dues.

GST and E-way bill has been streamlined.

The recent volatile situation in China has effected huge correction in prices and has created panic situation among importers and hitting margins.

  1. Whether you are in touch with the President and FPTA Secretariat regularly.

I am in regular touch with the President and Secretary over phone and by mail

  1. Whether you have attended the Managing Committee Meeting of FPTA held during the Quarter and if not the reasons.

I have attended both the AGM and First Managing Committee meeting at Kolkata

  1. What is your assessment with regard to the functioning of FPTA – whether you have any suggestions which would give a boost to its working.

Regular interaction between Secretariat and affiliated Associations and monthly reports should be exchanged which will help in strengthening both FPTA and affiliated Associations.

The President/Secretary of all the affiliated Association should circulate all the information with their local members and send their feed back to FPTA secretariat.

All Associations must be motivated to carry out the program of FPTA.

  1. Any other suggestions.

All Associations to keep their Vice President informed about all their activities and be the pillars of FPTA and work with the President to strength our Federation.

Name and signature of the Vice – President:

 

Dhiraj D. Karia                                                               Vice President, FPTA – Mumbai.

DEEPAK MITTAL – VICE PRESIDENT – 2018-19

REPORT

  1. Names of the Affiliated Associations under your jurisdiction:
  2. Karnataka Paper Merchants’ & Stationers’ Association – Bangalore
  3. Kerala Paper Traders’ Association – Ernakulam
  4. Tiruchirapalli Disrict Kagitha Vanigarkal Nala Sangam, Trichy
  5. Whether you have visited any of the Associations during the quarter, if not the reasons.

Shri. Sajjan Goenkaji, President had visited my Home Association, Karnataka Paper Merchants’ & Stationers’ Association for its 71st AGM which was held on 30.09.2018. The AGM was well attended by almost 200 Members and the House had a meaningful interaction and exchange of views with the President.

The local association of Bangalore is carrying out lot of fellowship activities for its Members. It recently organized a picnic for all its members. It was a full day program on a Sunday. Further, they are organizing Cricket Tournament for its members on the lines of IPL and it will be held in the month of February 2019.

Not visited the other two Association in the Quarter gone by as the health of our President was not good. I have planned to visit both the Associations in the next 30 – 45 days. However, I am in touch with the Ernakulam and Trichy Paper Traders’ Presidents over phone.

  1. What are the views of the Associations be it on trade, the functioning of FPTA, Government policies etc.
  2. View on Trade : Traders’ view with regards to market is that it has been   good as far as demand is concerned for the last 6 – 8 months. The problem has been of frequent price increases till November / early December. This has resulted in investments going up substantially for the traders. The margins / ton have remained stagnant for a lengthy period of time and this is a cause of concern for the traders, our friends from Cochin have suggested that all paper traders should change the policy of charging margin / ton from rupees to percentage.  The bad debt is another area of problem for the trade in general.
  3. E-Way Bill / GST : Traders are of the opinion that E-Way Bill needs to be simplified with regard to vehicle number and movement of goods from one godown to another godown of the same company. There are lot of complications in this regard. Also with regard to the filing of monthly GST returns, this needs to be simplified as for a small trader, it is quite complicated and they need help of the consultants which involves time and money and is effecting the day to day functioning of a small / medium size trader.
  4. Government Policies : Some of the Traders in the Association in my jurisdiction felt that rather than giving relief on the anti-dumping duty front to foreign mills, Government should encourage them to set up mills in India which will generate employment and quite a level playing field with local                        mills. Something akin to what they are doing with electronics imports which is forcing manufacturers in China and other parts of the world to set up shop in India and contribute significantly to the Indian GDP.
  • Whether you are in touch with the President and FPTA

Secretariat regularly.

Yes, I am in touch with the President, Shri. Sajjan Goenkaji regularly on the phone and also with the FPTA Secretariat.

  • Whether you have attended the Managing Committee Meeting of FPTA held during the Quarter and if not the reasons.

I had attended the First Managing Committee Meeting held at Kolkata and will be attending the Second Managing Committee Meeting to be held at Coimbatore on 26 / 27th of January 2019.

  • What is your assessment with regard to the functioning of FPTA – whether you have any suggestions which would give a boost to its working.

The FPTA has become a force to reckon with and has been very active with regards to taking care of the interests of the trade. Also initiatives against the Paperless Campaign has made our Principal apex body IPMA to sit up and take notice of the new and strong FPTA. The fact that they invited FPTA representatives to their AGM is the testimony of our growing clout as an organization.

Our Members felt that bad debts in the paper trade is becoming like a cancer and it is spreading fast and this needs to be addressed / fixed on an immediate basis. Since judiciary process takes a lot of time, Members wanted that Local Association or FPTA play some major role in this, then the trade becomes that much more attractive to do business in. Again my friends from Cochin have implemented a black listing policy for defaulters amongst their members and want this to be implemented / taken up at the FPTA level so that if any customer defaulting with the local association members, should not be entertained by dealers from any other city.

Margins are another area where traders feel that the FPTA should play some role as the trade is very fragmented and to make every one agree on a reasonable minimum margin is difficult at an individual level but if something can be done from the Apex body, it will help in improving the return ratios for the traders.

FPTA should engage some Agencies for collation of data like number of Mills, Product-wise production, Demand Figures, Growth Rates of each Product, Import / Export data etc which will help traders to focus on the right market segments and grow their business profitably.

 

  • Any other suggestions

It is felt that the incoming FPTA President should serve as the Vice President in the preceding term so that he understands the working of FPTA more closely and the transition to the President’s post will be smoother and more effective.

 

DEEPAK MITTAL

VICE PRESIDENT

FEDERATION OF PAPER TRADERS ASSOCIATION

 

REPORT OF VICE PRESIDENT FOR THE TERM/QUARTER DECEMBER 2018 ENDING

I first of all thank West Bengal Paper Traders Association (WBPTA) for nominating me as the Vice President of FPTA.

  1. Names of the Affiliated Associations under your jurisdiction:
  • West Bengal Paper Traders Association, Howrah.
  • Calcutta Paper Traders Association, Kolkata.
  • Bihar Paper Merchants Association, Patna.
  • Kashi Kagaz Vyavsayi Samiti, Varanasi.
  • Kanpur Paper Merchants Association, Kanpur.
  • The Lucknow Paper Merchants Association, Lucknow.
  1. Whether you have visited any of the Associations during the quarter, if not the reasons.
  • I have visited
  1. West Bengal Paper Traders Association

4th October 2018 – 5th Executive Council Meeting

3rd November 2018 – Diwali Get-together

12th December 2018 – 6th Executive Council Meeting

  1. Calcutta Paper Traders Association

Attended their AGM

2nd November 2018 – Diwali Get-together

25th December 2018 – Garden Party

 

Could not visit the following Associations due to ill health of our President. However I am in constant touch with them and will visit them soon.

  1. Bihar Paper Merchants Association
  2. Kashi Kagaz Vyavsayi Samiti
  3. Kanpur Paper Merchants Association
  4. The Lucknow Paper Merchants Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • What are the views of the Associations be it on trade, the functioning of FPTA, Government policies etc.
  • Views of the Associations on Trade:

As per my interactions with the Associations under my Jurisdiction, I feel that the market has already peaked in terms of price appreciations and since the last two months the local market condition is not very supportive.

WBPTA and CPTA are also very active in recovery of overdue outstanding of its members and are attaining success due to unity among themselves.

  • Views of the Associations about FPTA:

All the associations value the efforts taken by FPTA for the benefit of the Paper Traders and are of the opinion that FPTA should keep on pursuing the cause of Paper Traders.

One of the problems faced by most is the validity of waybills for distance less than 100 Kms (One day) which is very inconvenient for Monday Deliveries and at times when the Vehicles Breakdown or are unable to complete deliveries within the short time. Most are of the opinion that the minimum validity of the waybills should be enhanced to 3 days.

Again many traders are faced with the problem of the mills not supplying at the agreed prices during times of price appreciation and dumping us with higher priced items against our orders when the prices are falling.

  • Views of Associations with respect to Government policies:

Most of the Associations are happy with the Government initiatives of reducing the use of Single use plastics, which is increasing the demand for Paper.

Regarding the Government Policy on GST, there are many items which are under 18% GST. The Associations have requested me to pursue the matter through FPTA so that GST on those items can be reduced to 12% (at par with other paper products).

  1. Whether you are in touch with the President and FPTA Secretariat regularly.

 

I am in constant touch with the President and FPTA Secretariat and I have also participated in all the Conference Calls.

 

  1. Whether you have attended the Managing Committee Meeting of FPTA held during the Quarter and if not the reasons.

I had attended the 1st Managing Committee meeting held at Kolkata and will also be attending the 2nd Managing Committee meeting to be held at Coimbatore.

  1. What is your assessment with regard to the functioning of FPTA – whether you have any suggestions which would give a boost to its working.

The functioning of FPTA is getting efficient with the passage of time and today FPTA is looked upon with Respect by all the sections concerned, be it Traders, Government, Tax Authorities, Industry etc. I myself feel proud to be associated with such a Prestigious Organization.

However we still have miles to cover. I feel that there should be more initiatives like the Conference Calls and something of the sort.

FPTA should also scrutinize the reason for absence of any Managing Committee Member from any Managing Committee meeting.

 

Shri Pawan Kumar Goenka, Vice – President, FPTA

The Report of ASSOCHAM and FICCI 2018-19

I have taken up the following topics with the both the Chambers in ASSOCHAM and FICCI. The matter is also persuade with Sh. Shyam Jaju Ji, the Vice President of BJP. I have also written letters to Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and through CAIT. I am confident that the results will be seen shortly,

  1. The Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley introduced a proposal to tax at a reduced rate of 25 per cent to companies that have reported a turnover up to Rs. 250 crores in the financial year (FY) 2016-17. This proposal also covers the MSME’s.

 

The normal rates of Income Tax for corporates and MSME’s is 30 per cent and thus if the turnover is up to Rs.250 crores, they are entitled to a 5 per cent benefit.

 

The normal rate of Income Tax on partnerships (including LLP) is 30 per cent and the individual is also charged at similar rates.

 

It is suggested that the benefit of 5 percent in tax rates should also be made available for all partnership firms (including LLP’s) and proprietorship firms.

 

This anomaly if removed will do away with the discrimination and bring about a level playing field for Corporates, MSME’s, partnership firms (including LLP’s) and proprietorship firms having a turnover up to Rs.250 crores.

 

  1. The Government of India (GOI), Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME Section), vide its Office Memorandum dated 27/06/2017 published a negative list (Table 1), listing the activities that would not be covered under the MSME Act, 2006 for registration of Udyog Aadhar Memorandum (UAM).

 

NIC Code           Activity

45                       Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles.

 

By the insertion of the above code (45) the GOI has removed the wholesale and retail trade from the scope of MSMED Act, 2006.

 

Prior to this “wholesale and retail trade” was covered under the MSMED Act, 2006.

 

The “wholesale and retail trade” maintains the lifeline of distribution of commodities and goods pan India, 24 by 7 by 365, even at the remotest places, and creates employment opportunities directly and indirectly.

 

There is no justification for the removal of “wholesale and retail trade” from the purview of the MSMED Act, 2006.

 

We therefore suggest that the GOI should reconsider the issue and withdraw the Office Memorandum dated 27/06/2017 issued by the Government of India, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises -SME Section.

 

  1. The distributive trade in the country faces a major hurdle in the form of dishonoring (bouncing) of cheques. The ease of doing business is hampered when such incidents happen and all the more so when the legal process gets unduly delayed. Thousands, may be lakhs of small and big businesses suffer because of lack of safety and security in the use of financial instruments. The fact that more than 21 lakh cases of cheque bouncing under section 138 are pending as of 2017 before the courts tells its own story.

 

The Finance Minister placed the Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill 2017 before the Lok Sabha on January 02, 2018. The Bill received the assent of the President and was notified in the Official Gazette 02/08/2018 to become an Act called the Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Act, 2018 (No.20 of 2018).

 

Two new sections 143A and 148 have been inserted under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 via the Amendment Act.

 

Section 143A – It empowers the court to order the drawer of the cheque to pay interim compensation to the complainant.

 

Section 148 – It empowers the Apellate Court to order payment pending the appeal against conviction under section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act.

 

The need is for timely trial and speedy disposal of the cases. Without speedy and timely disposal of the cases the spirit of the law is lost and the amounts involved remain stuck. This results in the businesses suffer.

 

We suggest that in order to make the provisions of the law more effective and stringent a time frame of 360 days from the filing be fixed for trial and disposal and another 180 days for disposal of the appeal from the date of filing of appeal be fixed. This provision with the existing provisions shall result in more effective disposal and act as a warning not to indulge in such acts. This would also result in ease of doing business.

 

  1. The distributive trade operates largely on credit in the country. This credit is in the form of private lending (being outside the normal banking and other organized channels). It is more of a one to one credit between the buyer and the seller. This is classified as “Unsecured Credit”, as no security and or collateral is provided against such credit.

In cases where the trade acting as vendors supply goods and services to the corporates, they essentially have to give it on credit directly. Here also the normal banking and other organized channels are not involved. This is also classified as “Unsecured Credit”, as no security and or collateral is provided against such credit as the trade does not have the leverage in asking and or getting any security and or collaterals against such credits.

In cases where the trade acts as wholesalers, agents, distributors of the corporates, the trade is required to keep a “Security Deposit” on zero interest and or low interest rates. In-fact these deposits become part of the working capital of corporates. No security and or collaterals are provided by the corporates for such deposits and hence they too are classified as “Unsecured Credit”.

There are several other instances of such “Unsecured Credit”.

In cases of default and especially where the defaulter is referred to the NCLT under the IBC Code the “Unsecured Creditor” practically finds himself at the bottom of the priority list. There are far greater chances that the trader shall neither receive anything as well as not heard at all. This puts the distributive trade at a big disadvantage.

We suggest that a minimum fixed percentage of the proceeds to be received under the IBC Code be kept aside for distribution amongst the “Unsecured Creditors”.

  1. It is worthwhile to note that the basic raw materials, finished goods and converted products are classified under Chapter 47, 48 and 49 under the HSN code for the purpose of GST and customs duty etc.

 

Chapter 47 – covers Pulp and waste paper.

 

Chapter 48 – covers Paper & Paperboards.

 

Chapter 49 – covers Books, Newspapers etc.

 

All the three chapters are interconnected and interlinked to each other.

 

Pulp and waste paper being the basic raw material is used for manufacture of paper and paperboard. Paper and Paperboard are Industrial raw materials as the same cannot be used directly in the form it is manufactured. Paper & Paperboard needs to be converted by way of printing, creased, embossed, foiled, laminated, scored, flocked, and folded etc. for it be used. Paper is printed and then binded to be made in a book. Paperboard is printed, creased, scored, folded, laminated, embossed, foiled for it to be used as a carton for packaging. In-fact there has to some value addition to the Paper & Paperboard before it is put to use.

 

The rate of GST as under:

Item                                                                                  Chap. No             Rate of GST

1              Pulp and Waste Paper                                                   47                           12%

2              Paper and Paper Board                                                 48                           12%

3              Printed Cartons                                                              48                           12%

  1. News Print                                                                       48                            5%
  2. Parchment Paper                                                            48                           18%
  3. Tissue Paper (Toilet, Napkin, Facial Towel)              48                           18%
  4. Book and Newspaper                                                    49                            0

 

The difference in tax rates provides opportunity to avoid paying government revenue by misdeclaration and change of nomenclature.

We suggest that the tax rate for all products under Chapter 47, 48 and 49 be one and the same i.e. 12% and that too without any exemption and or Zero rate. The brakes to the misdeclaration, uniform rate and value addition shall lead to substantial increase in the government revenue and bring fair trade practice as well as level playing field for the players. This shall also lead to better compliance.

 

(Satya Pal Gupta)

Ex- President, FPTA

 

 

 

 

 

REPORT OF SHRI ANIL GUPTA, VICE PRESIDENT, FPTA

FROM DELHI FROM 21st AUGUST, 2018 TO 15TH JANUARY 2019.

I was nominated for the post of Vice-President of FPTA through Paper Merchants Association (Regd.) Delhi during 57th AGM & Conference of FPTA held on 18 – 19 August, 2018 in Calcutta. I tried my level best to contact the office bearers of Associations under my area.

Name of the affiliated Associations under jurisdiction; –

1. Paper Merchants Associations (Regd.), Delhi – PMA, Delhi

2. Dehradun Paper Merchant Association, Dehradun – DPMA, Dehradun

3. Paper Merchants Associations (Regd.), Noida – PMA, Noida

4. Meerut Paper Vikreta Sangh (Regd), Meerut – MPVS, Meerut

5. Agra Kagaz Vyapar Mandal (Regd), Agra – AKVM, Agra

As per decision of FPTA we sent cheques of Donation in A/c of Kerala Relief Fund.

Conferadation of All India Traders: – CAIT has honoured our FPTA & PMA Past President Shri Satya Pal Gupta Ji by BAMASHA AWARD IN PAPER TRADE in their Delhi Traders Function at Constitution Club on Dt.4-12-18. Chief Guest of this Function was BJP All India Vice President Shri Shyam Jiaju Ji.

A. VISIT : At present till date none of the Association has been visited by me & our President. As President’s health is not well that’s why visit was not possible. In the next three months, we hope to visit all the five associations.

On behalf of the FPTA, I attended the CAIT meeting with our Past President Shri Satya Pal Gupta Ji & Shri Raj Kumar Bindal Ji and raise the Trade related issues for Commerce & Finance Ministry.

I was in contact with all the five associations through Phone, WhatsApp & Mail to send the problems of their association, if any.

A meeting was arranged by IPMA during the AGM on 11-1-19 at Hotel Le-Meriden, I along with senior members of FPTA, attended the meeting. The Chief Guest was Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce. Also FPTA honoured the newly Elected IPMA Team.

I will also attend the FPTA MC meeting on 26 January 2019 at Coimbatore.

B. Currently Association Members Positions :-

1. PMA, Delhi – Total Membership – 1404, Addition this year – 61, Final members – 1465.

2. DPMA, Dehradun – Total Membership – 20, Addition this year – 0, Final members – 20.

3. PMA, Noida –Total Membership – 38, Addition this year – 5, Final members – 43.

4. MPVS, Meerut – Total Membership – 57, Addition this year – 3, Final members – 60.

5. AKVM, Agra – Total Membership – 99, Addition this year – 4, Final members – 103.

C. Associations Managing Committee Meeting held for the Day to Day Programmes (Sept. to Dec.):-

1. PMA, Delhi – 3 MC Meeting Held

2. DPMA, Dehradun – 4 MC Meeting Held

3. PMA, Noida – 3 MC Meeting Held

4. MPVS, Meerut – 5 MC Meeting Held

5. AKVM, Agra – 5 MC Meeting Held

D. Associations Fix Programmes in the Whole Year: –

1. PMA Delhi has organised 3 Programmes for our members,

a. Diwali Programme – Celebrated as a Huge Family function.

b. PMA and Delhi Police Meeting – For discussion of our Member’s Problems.

c. Free Copies &Scholarship distribution to the needy Children.

2. DPMA, Dehradun organised 2 Programmes for the members,

  1. Diwali Meeting (Family Get-together).
  2. New Year Meeting on 31st December.

3. PMA, Noida organised 2 Programmes for the members

  1. Diwali Celebrations.
  2. Youth Day Celebrations.

4. MPVS, Meerut organised 2 Programmes for the members

  1. Bhandara Distribution to Needy people
  2. Free Books & Copy Distribution in Schools.

5. AKVM, Agra organised 3 Programmes for the Members

  1. Dal Batti – Churma Party
  2. Diwali Celebrations.

E. Associations Programmes for FUTURE;

1. PMA, Delhi will organise 3 Programmes in future for their members

a. Holi Celebration – Organised to celebrate on 20 March 2019 for Members & their Staff.

b. Paper Day Celebration – on 1st August.

c. PMA and Delhi Police Meeting – For discussion of their Members Problems.

2. DPMA, Dehradun will organise 3 Programmes in future for our members

a. Diwali Meeting (Family Get-together). b. New Year Meeting on 31st December.

c. Paper Day Celebration.

3. PMA, Noida will organise 4 Programmes in future for their members

a. Diwali Celebrations. b. Youth Day Celebrations.

c. Holi Celebrations in March. d. Paper Day Celebrations.

4. MPVS, Meerut will organise 5 Programme in future for their Members

a. Bhandara Distribution to Needy people b. Paper Day Celebrations

c. FPTA President Visit Programme d. Free Books & Copy Distribution in School.

e. Holi Celebrations (Family Programme)

5. AKVM, Agra will organise 3 Programme in future for their Members

a. Cricket Match on 26th January. b. Holi Celebrations.

c. Paper Day Celebrations.

F. Tenure of the Association’s Managing Committee:-

1. PMA, Delhi – One Year and Election will be held in February 2019.

2. DPMA, Dehradun – Two Years and Election in March 2019.

3. PMA, Noida – Two Years.

4. MPVS, Meerut – Two Years.

5. AKVM, Agra – Two Year and Election in January 2019.

G. Status of Association’s Arbitration:-

1. PMA, Delhi – Have Arbitration, Total Arabitrar 7 Nos. – Cases Rd. this Year – 42, Solved Cases – 31, In process – 11 Nos.

2. DPMA, Dehradun – No Arbitration.

3. PMA, Noida – No Arbitration.

4. MPVS, Meerut – No Arbitration.

5. AKVM, Agra – Have Arbitration, Arabitrar1 No.1 – Cases Rd. this Year – 6, Solved Cases – 6.

H. Association’s Suggestions to the Managing Committee for the Day to Day future progress:-

    1. PMA, Delhi – FPTA must take action or make some solution for mills, they must take FPTA in confidence before increasing the rates.
    2. DPMA, Dehradun – All the Association Office Bearer of North India must meet two times together and discuss the business future growth & problems.
    3. PMA, Noida – a. FPTA must conduct Paper Education Programmes for the association

b. FPTA must arrange to Educate members regarding Paper Import & Export Policy & Planning.

c. FPTA should arrange Mills visit programmes.

d. FPTA must organise one MC meeting in North &another in South.

  1. MPVS, Meerut – All is well.
  2. AKVM, Agra – We must make FPTA strong, so that we are in a position to prevent Mills from providing wrong Size, GSM and Prices of goods.

Sincerely thankful to my Parent Association, it’s Office Bearers, Working Team, Past President – Sh. Gian Prakash Gupta for Co-operation and special thanks to Shri. Satya pal Gupta, Shri Mahinder Kumar Jain & Shri Rajender Kumar Gupta for guidance.

(ANIL GUPTA)

Vice-President, FPTA (Delhi)

B.R.RAO’S VICE PRESIDENT REPORT FOR THE 2ND M.C. MEETING TO BE HELD ON 26TH AND 27TH JANUARY, 2019 AT COIMBATORE.

I want to first thank my Home Association, Telangana Paper Merchants Association for nominating me as the Vice President and giving me an opportunity to serve FPTA.

  1. Names of the Affiliated Associations under your jurisdiction:

Five associations were given under my absolute jurisdiction and they are:

  1. Telangana Paper Merchants Association, Secunderabad.

  2. Paper Merchants Welfare Association, Vijayawada.

  3. Orissa Paper Dealers Association, Cuttak.

  4. Raigarh Paper Traders Association, Raigarh.

  5. Mahakaushal Paper Dealers Association, Jabalpur.

Also as a Vice President of FPTA, my services are available to the remaining 31 associations and also to various sub-committees of the FPTA, as and when required.

  1. Whether you have visited any of the Associations during the quarter, if not the reasons.

Attended all the Managing Committee meetings, Kagaz Bhavan Committee Meetings, Diwali get to gather, Cricket Match of the Home Association Telangana Paper Merchants Association, Secunderabad. Also actively participated in the Arbitration Board Meetings of TPMA.

Attended the Papertech organized in Hyderabad from August 29 to 31,2018 by CII and IPPTA as representative from FPTA and informed a large gathering of CEO’s of paper mills about FPTA, Paper celebrations done by FPTA and the necessity for the total paper fraternity to come together in busting the myth –Paper is not environmental friendly.

Attended the Paperex5TH International Exhibition & Conference on Pulp, Paper and Allied Industry,conducted at Chennai from 15-17 November, 2018 and participated in the panel discussion held on the occasion and expressed Paper Traders views that Paper Mills from resist from doing direct marketing and also Mills must supply paper at confirmed prices which are prevailing at the time of placing the order which is the national and international trend.

Attended the IPMA 19TH Annual Session and Awards Function held at New Delhi on 11th January, 2019 as part of FPTA Team.

Attended a meeting held at Paper Merchants Association, New Delhi on 11th January, 2019 and actively participated in the discussions wherein FPTA Secretary, Immediate Past President, 2 Vice Presidents and 6 Conveners of various sub-committees of FPTA were present.

  1. What are the views of the Associations be it on trade, the functioning of FPTA, Government policies etc.

Traders are worried about the changes taking place in GST on daily/weekly basis. Also traders are facing difficulty from the government agencies as some of the GST officers are interpreting the Act differently and creating difficulties to the traders.

Traders are worried till recently about the fortnightly, monthly price increases being done by the paper mills as they are unable to make proper business plan. From the last 30-45 days importers and traders were worried about the steep fall in prices. Traders feel that there must be some clarity and procedure regarding the pricing of paper by the paper mills.

Trades are happy with the stand taken by FPTA with regard to Anti-dumping duty on copier paper and Art Card. Also associations are happy with the stand taken by FPTA in representing to TRAI that paper bills must be the default option.

Traders are expecting more results from FPTA from the government front and paper market front. The traders feel that good discussions do take place in FPTA but follow up action by the FPTA is not sufficient for getting the results from the government bodies.

  1. Whether you are in touch with the President and FPTA

Secretariat regularly.

I am in regular touch with the President Shri Sajjan Ji, Hon. Secretary Shri Hiren Ji and FPTA Secretariat through phone and mails. I am also in touch with Shri Satpal Ji, Shri Natesan Ji, Shri Venkat Annamalia Ji, Shri Ravi Rathi Ji and Shri Kishan Singh Ji on regular basis and also with other Vice Presidents and other Managing Committee members of FPTA.

I participated in all the concalls of the FPTA conducted.

I am in touch with all the Presidents and Secretaries of the five associations allotted to me. I made a whatup group of the five associations under my control and interact and exchange information on regular basis.

  1. Whether you have attended the Managing Committee Meeting of FPTA held during the Quarter and if not the reasons.

I have attended the 1st Managing Committee Meeting at Kolkata and also planning to attend the 2nd MC Meeting going to be conducted at Coimbatore.

f. What is your assessment with regard to the functioning of FPTA – whether you have any suggestions which would give a boost to its working.

The functioning of the FPTA under leadership of Shri Sajjan Ji is good but the following can boost its working:

  1. A full-fledged and full time Secretary General must be appointed for FPTA just like IPMA, IARPMA, INPA.

  2. FPTA office must be shifted to New Delhi as all trade associations are in New Delhi as the power centers and decision taking bodies are in New Delhi

  3. Vice Presidents being the face of FPTA must be part of Advisory Board Meetings, where important decisions are being taken.

  1. Any other suggestions

  1. FPTA must prepare guidelines of trade practices between the wholesalers and retailers and circulate to all associations which will help in the unity of paper traders at the ground level.

  2. Code of conduct of the paper traders must be reviewed and necessary changes to be done.

  3. FPTA Registration with the Societies must be renewed at the earliest.

B.R.RAO

VICE PRESIDENT – FPTA

TARAK MAYUKH PARIKH

VICE PRESIDENT 2018-19

REPORT

  1. Names of the affiliated Associations under jurisdiction –

  • The Pune Paper Traders Association

  • Paper Traders Association Nagpur

  • Indore Paper Traders Association

  • Rajasthan Paper Merchants Association

  • Chhattisgarh Paper Traders Association

  1. Whether you have visited any of the Associations during the quarter.

Local Association Pune had the privilege of welcoming our President Shri.Goenkaji during his visit to Pune in September,2018. All Members had a very nice interactive meeting with him.

Visits were planned to go to other Association along with Shri.Goenkaji but, could not be planned due to his ill health. The same shall be done very soon. We have received an invitation from Nagpur Association to possibly attend their Sneh-Milan during “HOLI” i.e. in March.

Talk with presidents of all Associations under my jurisdiction and explained the importance of arbitration rules and understand their procedures. A lot of work needs to be done. I shall be sending the rules formulated by me for our local association and explain them the procedures.

  1. What are the views of Association be it on Trade, the functioning of FPTA, Government policies etc.

Role of Arbitration Committee on FPTA and will be very important time to come under the new One Nation – One Tax reqime. Though there are no boundries left, members should be careful in dealing inter territory especially looking into the aspect whether the local territory dealer is not a victim of any delayed payment, by that particular client.

All local associations are getting tremendous inputs which are very helpful from FPTA office should share it with each and every local member.

FPTA AGM’s should dedicate and allot at least 1 hour each on health topics as well as business motivation topics and can call experts in these fields.

FPTA should have a constant interaction with IPMA and Mills and should arrive at a concrete solutions of increase and reduction of rates. Typically to safeguard the sentiments it is advisable to do on quarterly basis either ways.

FPTA is a strength. Strength of all Members together can achieve all possible things. This we saw in its representation against the levy anti dumping duty and also other representations in IPMA and also in Govt.Agencies.

  1. Whether you are in touch with the President and FPTA Secretariat.

I am in regular touch with Shri.Hirenji and discussing a lot of things and pass on the information to our members, have been a regular participant in all the conference calls till now.

I am trying for a visit for Members to i) BOBST INDIA Plant

ii) TETRA PAC Plant

Representation have been done to local GST office for giving exemption of making Eway

Bill on our point to point inter godown transfer upto 20 kms. Limit.

  1. Shall be attending the Managing Committee Meeting at Coimbatore on 26-27 Jan,19.

  1. Functioning of FPTA is going stronger day by day. New faces – New Ideas – New Techniques are implemented . As a 3rd Generation from my family who has been so active on FPTA level I have seen various stages of functioning of FPTA and there is tremendous growth and betterment each year.

  1. FPTA should take up actively

  • Total ban of Plastics across INDIA where ever possible.

  • Active Arbitration rules.

  • Co-ordination with all Mills Manufacturing to adhere to standard sizes / GSM and uniform policy of rates increase/decrease.

  • As mentioned earlier more importance to be given on guest lectures on health/ business functioning.

  • To discuss with banks to charge a uniform rate of interest for all members across INDIA. Of course the exposure of each member is at the discretion of the bank but interest rates can be negotiated, and the Banks can charge the same at all levels and all Branches.

Report of the FPTA Industry affairs Committee, 2018-2019

Dear Members,

Wishing you all – A Very Happy and a prosperous New Year 2019,

Happy Pongal / Sankranti.

It gives me immense pleasure to present before you the first report of the Industry Affairs Committee of FPTA, formed on 20th August 2018, at Kolkata.

At the outset, I would like to first thank each and everyone of you for having faith in me as the Convenor of this prestigious committee.

Our Committee has the following members:

Convenor

Ravi Kumar Rathi

Adviser

Sri Shamji Karia

Sri A Annamalai Venkat

Members

Sri Ashish Bandi

Sri Pawan Kumar Goenka

Sri R M Veerappan

Sri Aditya Gupta ( Special Invitee)

I appreciate my whole team for their support and I would like to thank them for their active participation.

On 29th August 2018, we have attended PaperTech @ HICC, Hyderabad ( event organised by CII). Meeting was Chaired by Mr Kasi Vishwanath of SPB. Mr B R Rao, VP- FPTA was part of the various Presentations from the head table. FPTA activities were highlighted. 1st August which was celebrated by us as Paper Day was appreciated by the Industry. Later, we had good interactions with General Secretaries of IPMA, IARPMA & INPMA on matters of common interest.

On 31st August 2018, myself along with Mr Kishan Singh, Convenor of Public Awareness Committee, conducted an education tour of 60 students , taking them to Suvarna Durga Paper Mills Ltd., about 50 Kms from Hyderabad, educating the Students – as to how Paper is made by recycling process.

I have been part of all the Concalls held every month, between FPTA office bearers and convenors. In one of the concall, it was decided and wrote a letter to IPMA, stating that we – Paper Traders – had reservations – against Paper Mills increasing Prices frequently, sometimes monthly , sometimes twice a month even.

On 11th Jan 2019, my Committee members along with other dignitaries from FPTA attended IPMA Awards Function at New Delhi. I take pride in reporting to you all – that outgoing IPMA Chairman Sri Sourab Bangur had personally called FPTA IPP and my committee advisor – Sri A Venkat to attend the IPMA Awards Function at New Delhi. It is also a matter of great pride that FPTA was recognised for all its efforts and activities, for celebrating Paper Day. FPTA Members honoured the new Incoming President of IPMA Mr A S Mehta on this occasion. Mr Suresh Prabhu, Hon. Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation was the Chief Guest. Mr.Andreas Endters, President & CEO – Voith, was the KeyNote Speaker and he gave a presentation on the Global Trends in Pulp & Paper Industry.

Later we had a meeting at PMA, Delhi office, wherein we deliberated on the future road map on taking the relations of FPTA and Industry forward. We also discussed a few matters related to GST and market conditions. I would like to thank PMA, Delhi for organising the meeting at such a short notice.

We are planning to organise a meeting of Paper Manufacturers Association of Telangana along with FPTA Members present in Hyderabad and TPMA office bearers at Kagaz Bhavan, Secunderabad, to discuss the matters of common interest. Special thanks to Mr B R Rao and Mr Kishan Singh – for supporting me.

We once again thank our FPTA President Sri Sajjanji Goenka , Hon. Secretary Sri Hiren Karia and all the members of FPTA, for their continuous support and assure you all – of our commitment for FPTA and Paper Trade.

With best regards,

Ravi Kumar Rathi

Convenor – Industy Affairs Committee

Federation of Paper Traders’ Associations of India.

Report of the Committee for Consumer relations, Grievances and Arbitration

1) Formation of the team :

After being nominated as Convenor at the first meeting of the Managing Committee held at Kolkata, the first task to form the team was taken up . The following members were finalised and their consent obtained :

 

Shri. Priyesh Desai (Convenor)

Shri. Muthuraman (Advisor)

Shri. B R Rao (Advisor)

Shri. Tarak Parikh (Advisor)

Members :

Shri. Gian Prakash Gupta

Shri. Subhash Saha

Shri. Vishnu Kant Rathi

Shri. Hasit H. Shah

Shri. P. Rajesh Jain

Shri. R. Ravi

 

2) Consumer relations : Members are being informed of various events happening all across the country from time to time where they can participate and interact with the consumers / convertors, update their knowledge of the various developments in the industry and also keep themselves abreast of future trends . One of the forthcoming events is Print Summit 2019 to be held at Mumbai on 24th of January where many members will be attending .

 

2) Grievances / Arbitration :

The first step was to collect data from all associations as to whether they are carrying out Grievances / Arbitration activity at the local level and if so, details of the same. The intention of carrying out this exercise was to have an overview and evaluate whether there can be uniformity across all the associations . Accordingly a questionnaire was drafted and finalised taking inputs from all the advisors/members of the committee and subsequently Hon. Secretary Shri Hiren Karia was requested to circulate the same to all the associations (The Questionnaire is attached herewith for reference) .

The following Associations have responded till date (A reminder email was also sent by FPTA to all the associations ) :

Lucknow Paper Merchants Association
Karnataka Paper Merchants Association
Baroda Paper Traders Association
Madras Paper Merchants Association
Telangana Paper Merchants Association
Paper Traders Association, Mumbai

The details of their responses are summarised in the attached excel sheet.

Government initiatives on Arbitration Law :

Government Policies & Interventions

Recently NITI Aayog and International Chamber of Commerce(ICC)- International Court of Arbitration have organised the Training-cum-Brainstorming Workshop on Best Practices in International Arbitration in New Delhi.

Moving towards a New India in 2022, ensuring legal reform is a key and critical priority. Complementing ‘Make in India’ vision with ‘Resolve in India’, strong alternate dispute resolution mechanisms are significant in encouraging the Ease of Doing Business and Ease of Living in India.

Arbitration :

Arbitration is a procedure in which a dispute is submitted, by agreement of the parties, to one or more arbitrators who make a binding decision on the dispute. In choosing arbitration, the parties opt for a private dispute resolution procedure instead of going to court. Arbitration ensures timely and effective enforcement of contracts.

Types of Arbitration

There are two main types of arbitration procedures. These are:

Ad-Hoc Arbitration

Ad-Hoc Arbitration can be defined as a procedure of arbitration where a tribunal will conduct arbitration between the parties, following the rules which have been agreed by the parties beforehand or by following the rules which have been laid down by the tribunal, in case the parties do not have any agreement between them.

Institutional Arbitration

In the case of Institutional Arbitration, the disputing parties submit their issue to an institution that has been designated to administer the arbitrational process. The institution then arbitrates the dispute according to the rules laid by them in front of the parties. The institute selects a panel which administers the whole process.

Arbitration Practices in India

Currently India has ad-hoc arbitration.

Arbitration proceedings in India before 2015 are governed under Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 and according to the proposed Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018 the proceedings after Oct 23, 2015 will be dealt under Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 2015 . The Act is based on the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) model law.

The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018

The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018 seeks to amend the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. The Act contains provisions to deal with domestic and international arbitration, and defines the law for conducting conciliation proceedings.

Key features of the Bill are:

Arbitration Council of India:

The Bill seeks to establish an independent body called the Arbitration Council of India (ACI) for the promotion of arbitration, mediation, conciliation and other alternative dispute redressal mechanisms.

Appointment of arbitrators:

Under the 1996 Act, parties were free to appoint arbitrators. In case of disagreement on an appointment, the parties could request the Supreme Court, or the concerned High Court, or any person or institution designated by such Court, to appoint an arbitrator.

Under the Bill, the Supreme Court and High Courts may now designate arbitral institutions, which parties can approach for the appointment of arbitrators.

For international commercial arbitration, appointments will be made by the institution designated by the Supreme Court.

For domestic arbitration, appointments will be made by the institution designated by the concerned High Court.

In case there are no arbitral institutions available, the Chief Justice of the concerned High Court may maintain a panel of arbitrators to perform the functions of the arbitral institutions.

Relaxation of time limits:

Under the 1996 Act, arbitral tribunals are required to make their award within a period of 12 months for all arbitration proceedings. The Bill proposed to remove this time restriction for international commercial arbitrations.

Completion of written submissions:

Currently, there is no time limit to file written submissions before an arbitral tribunal. The Bill requires that the written claim and the defence to the claim in an arbitration proceeding, should be completed within six months of the appointment of the arbitrators.

Confidentiality of proceedings:

The Bill provides that all details of arbitration proceedings will be kept confidential except for the details of the arbitral award in certain circumstances. Disclosure of the arbitral award will only be made where it is necessary for implementing or enforcing the award.

Applicability of Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 2015:

The Bill clarifies that the 2015 Act shall only apply to arbitral proceedings which started on or after October 23, 2015.

NITI Aayog Encouraging Arbitration in India

NITI Aayog highlighted the importance of Arbitration by organizing a successful conference on international arbitration in 2016 which was presided over by the President of India and Prime Minister of India with participation from the Chief Justices of all SAARC countries.

The conference explored the vitality of commercial arbitration, both domestic and international, as the preferred method of resolving disputes between parties.

NITI Aayog also organized the two-day National Law Day Conference in 2017, with the Law Commission of India, in which debate and discussion were taken up on a multitude of legal aspects, including dispute resolution.

Way Forward

With government’s thrust on ‘Make in India’, it is important for investors, both domestic and international, to have faith in the dispute resolution mechanism in India.

Use of arbitration for dispute resolution will greatly reduce pendency of cases and boost investor confidence in India.

I would like to thank the President, Hon.Secretary , all the advisors and members of my sub-committee for giving continuous guidance and inputs for carrying out the tasks effectively and the committee requests all the associations to come forward in more numbers if they wish to implement arbitration so that we are well prepared when Arbitration is introduced by the government as a compulsory step of dispute resolution before approaching the courts as proposed by the NITI Aayog.

Thanking You,

Priyesh Desai

Convenor

12th January 2019

Report of the Public Awareness Committee of FPTA – August to December 2018

I wish you all a Happy & Prosperous 2019.

While thanking all of your for nominating me a Convenor of this ever-live Committee because of which I have gained tremendous experience, I am glad to connect you with our work so far, during the past 5 months.

In this context, let me introduce to you all the members of this Committee

T Kishan Singh, Convenor of Committee for Public Awareness

Sri B. Deepak- Member (Special Invitee)

Sri Rajat Bose – Member

Sri Arvind Agarwal – Member

Sri Bharat D Shah – Member

ACTIVITIES

  1. Took school students of Sreenidhi’s Samskruthi High School, Kondapur, Hyderabad to Savarna Durga Paper Mill, Sangareddy, Hyderabad to educate them about Paper Making and bringing awareness in them that paper making is not anti-environments.
  2. Attended Papertech 2018 at Hyderabad along with Sri B R Rao, Vice President of FPTA and Sri Ravi Kumar Rathi, Convenor of FPTA Industry Affairs. I took active part in the whole Event trying to educate Visitors that paper manufacturing does not at all harm environment.
  3. Participated in Paperex 2018 at Chennai wherein a Stall FPTA was there. Here also I co-ordinated with the many members of Madras Paper Merchants’ Association, special thanks to Sri A. Muthu Raman, Vice President , Sri B R Rao, Vice President of FPTA, some of the FPTA Past Presidents who also participated over there. I took active part in the whole Event trying to educate Visitors that paper manufacturing does not at all harm environment. Some of the highlights of this GRAND EVENT were:
  1. I was there for all the 3 days during the Paperex
  2. Several Past Presidents were present.
  3. Stalwarts from Paper Mills took part.
  4. Even Representatives of foreign paper mills attended.
  5. Printers and Publishers also participated.

To sum up, the entire Event was a grand success which brought laurels and appreciation to FPTA from all over. I thank FPTA for giving me this additional responsibility of handling Paperex 2018.

*****

I have receiving tremendous co-operation from all the members of my Committee as also valuable support from President and Hon. Secretary whenever approached.

******

Namaste to all of you.

T KISHAN SINGH

Convenor – Public Awareness Committee

Federation of Paper Traders’ Associations of India.

REPORT OF VICE PRESIDENT FOR THE TERM/QUARTER DECEMBER 2018 ENDING

  1. Names of the Affiliated Associations under your jurisdiction:

  • The Madras Paper Merchants Association

  • The Sivakasi Paper Merchants Association

  • Madurai Paper Traders Association

  1. Whether you have visited any of the Associations during the quarter, if not the reasons.

  • I have visited

  1. Madras Paper Merchants Association, Chennai

I have attended following Managing committee meeting on:

11th September 2018

28th September 2018

15th October 2018

26th November 2018

The Sivakasi Paper Merchants Association, Sivakasi on 23.10.2018

  1. Yet to visit Madurai Paper Traders Association. Awaiting their confirmation on the dates.

  2. What are the views of the Associations be it on trade, the functioning of FPTA, Government policies etc.

  • Views of the Associations on Trade:

  1. Implementation of GST has been welcomed by all Associations. However, all associations are requesting for a single rate of GST for all Paper and Paper products (uniform rate of GST for chapter 48). All the associations are extremely satisfied with the actions taken by FPTA in this regard.

  2. Newsprint which was in the upswing, continued to be so till November 2018. However, the prices are softening since December 2018.

  3. International pulp prices were ruling high so was the value of the US dollar against the Indian Rupee, till November 2018. This lead to a huge increase in prices of uncoated wood free products ranging between 10% and 12%. Currently though the Rupee is becoming stronger and also the international pulp and crude prices have softened, the prices of uncoated grades in India still rules high.

  • Views of the Associations about FPTA:

  1. FPTA has become a very strong and respected body. FPTA has very boldly represented against the levy of anti dumping duty on Coated grades which was initiated by IPMA. By doing so, FPTA is being viewed as a strong and respected body.

  • Views of Associations with respect to Government policies:

  1. Anti dumping duty on Coated grades not be levied and FPTA to effectively represent accordingly at the appropriate forums.

  2. Single rate of GST for chapter 48 to be considered by the Government.

  3. GST is a welcome gesture.

  1. Whether you are in touch with the President and FPTA Secretariat regularly.

Yes. I am in regular touch with both the President and Secretary of FPTA both over the telephone and also by e mail.

I have participated in all the conference calls till now, even when I was in Canada

Paperex is one of the largest conferences cum exhibition relating to Paper Industry in India. This year Paperex South was held at Chennai and FPTA was given a stall in the exhibition. I was given the responsibility to man the stall which was done with utmost dedication by me along with the MPMA team.

Mr. BR. Rao, VP, Mr. Kishan Singh, Convener of Public Awareness, FPTA had visited the exhibition. Mr. Rao had addressed the seminar.

The highlight of the exhibition was the number of visitors who had visited our stall including a number of overseas visitors. Special care was taken to ensure that the back drop of the stall was on cloth instead of vinyl. This gesture was very well appreciated by all the visitors.

The stall portrayed all the major activities of FPTA and thereby increased the visibility and image of FPTA amongst the people from the industry across the world.

  1. Whether you have attended the Managing Committee Meeting of FPTA held during the Quarter and if not the reasons.

During the quarter there were no MC meetings of FPTA. I will be attending the 2nd MC meeting to held be at Coimbatore on 26th and 27th of January 2019.

  1. What is your assessment with regard to the functioning of FPTA – whether you have any suggestions which would give a boost to its working.

  • FPTA is functioning very effectively. We need to maintain the tempo.

Suggestions to boost the image of FPTA

  1. FPTA to take up the cause of Fireworks Industry at the National Level. (Fireworks Industry alone consumes about 60,000 tons of paper/paperboard per annum) Moreover fireworks industry generates rural employment.

  2. With single use plastic being banned in many states including Tamil Nadu, affiliate associations are requesting for FPTA to represent for the exemption of Paper cups from the ban.

  3. Associations are expecting FPTA to get a uniform rate of GST for all products under chapter 48.

  4. FPTA should be a very strong body and it should represent all the grievances of Paper Traders across India effectively.

  5. Off late FPTA activities have kindled interest amongst the entire paper industry including organizations like IPMA, IARPMA, INMA, Federations of Printers, Corrugators, Note Book Manufacturers etc.,

  6. FPTA has started interacting with Power centers both at the National level and State Level which is a welcome gesture.

  7. FPTA is participating actively at ASSOCHAM, CAIT, FICCI, BIS meetings and ensuring that the voice of Paper Traders is represented adequately.

  8. Any other suggestions. 

  • Conference calls to be made more regular.

  • Problems of Traders to be discussed at all FPTA meetings

  • A National register of defaulters to be circulated.

  • FPTA to interact with industry to streamline the pricing policy.

  • Paper day to be celebrated with the usual enthusiasm.

Name and signature of the Vice – President:

  1. Muthuraman – Vice President, FPTA

REPORT OF – Committee for Website and Social Media – at

2nd Meeting of the Managing Committee, COIMBATORE – 26th January, 2019.

I thank the President Shri Sajjan Kumar Goenka to appoint me with the responsibility as Convener of Committee for Website and Social Media during the 1st Meeting of Managing Committee held at Kolkatta .

Members of my Team : –

SHRI NIRMAL KUHAD , SECUNDERABAD ( SPECIAL INVITEE )

SHRI ABHISHEK MALANI , KANPUR ( SPECIAL INVITEE)

SHRI LALIT KUMAR TARACHAND, VIJAYAWADA.

SHRI PIYUSH FATTEPURIA , NAGPUR

SHRI NAVEEN KR SARAWAGI , KOLKATTA

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I along with my team thank President Shri Sajjan Kumar Goenka, Hon. Secretary Shri Hiren Karia, Hon. Treasurer Shri Parish Parikh, Office Secretary Shri Manish Shirsat and other office staff & PTA – Mumbai for their help & guidance. I acknowledge the guidance & support given to me by Shri Nirmal Kuhad along with other Team Members without whom it would have been difficult for me to manage this responsibility.

MY TEAM & MYSELF WISHES ALL A VERY HAPPY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR – 2019.

WITH REGARDS,

MEHUL J MEHTA ,

CONVENER WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA

Report of the FPTA GST Committee 2017-18.  To be presented in 4nd MC meeting at Kolkata on 18-20 August 2018.

I am pleased to present this final report before this august house.

In the last MC meeting held at Jaipur on 9-10 June 2018, I had furnished the 2nd quarterly detailed report of GST Committee and yearly working report of GST Committee 2017-18 was sent to the FPTA office on 30th June 2018 which was duly published in our Annual Repot 2017-18 ended 30-03-2018.

After the last MC meeting we had covered all points discussed at Jaipur meeting and sent the desired memorandum to the Finance Ministry points covered were One chapter one tax, Demand for abolishing RCM under 9(3) , E-way bill issue as raised by Kanpur and Lucknow Associations, Extension of date for trans 1-2, Provision for Revision of all GST returns etc.

Cases of high handedness of GST officers were reported to us by few of our members. It is part of our duty to inform Govt so that no hindrance comes in the way of GST implementation so we had sent mail to the Finance Ministry and also to PMO for the same so that in future such incidents should not be repeated and sufferer should get relief. I thank Mr Barat Shah who on behalf of Paper Traders Association Mumbai for raising our issue with Shri Piyush Goyal ji Hon’ble Finance Minister at Mumbai meeting.

Suggestions to ease GST compliance for traders were forwarded through the convener of the program GST PR CHARCHA by Shri Piyush Goyal ji Hon’ble Finance Minister Copy of the letter was also sent to CAIT and Shri Raj Kumar Bindal ji for including in CAIT memorandum. This meeting will be held at Delhi shortly.

In coming day apart from the above points our focus will be extended to the high cost of GST compliance like costly GST Audit, increased cost of return filing etc and also high and unbearable Penalties for minor clerical mistakes etc.

I enjoy and learned a lot as Convener of this important committee of FPTA. Got chances to meet Important Politicians, officers, interacted with many of our Paper traders from all over India on Phone, Whatsapp, emails and personally in MC Meetings. In Delhi we met many traders face to face and also conducted many small meetings with traders from time to time and their suggestions are backbone of our GST committee.

Dear friends, it has been enjoyable year for me. I have tried my best to do my duty sincerely and faithfully for the betterment of FPTA on the subject of GST.

I would thank Shri Annamalai (Vanket) President FPTA, Shri Hiren Karia ji Secretary FPTA, Shri Satya pal Gupta ji Ex President FPTA, Sh Balasubramanum ji Ex President FPTA and all the members of Managing Committee of FPTA who has extended full support.

As Convener of GST, my sincere thanks to the members of my GST team and PMA Delhi for their guidance and valuable support to me throughout the year.

Krishan Mohan Gupta
(Convener) 9810034262   E-mail:
fpta.gst@gmail.com        spp_476@yahoo.com

REPORT OF VICE PRESIDENT FOR THE TERM/QUARTER ENDING

  1. Names of the Affiliated Associations under your jurisdiction:

PAPER MERCHANT WELFARE ASSOCIATION, ANDHRA PRADESH.

THE MADRAS PAPER MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION, CHENNAI

THE KARNATAKA PAPER MERCHANTS AND STATIONERY ASSOCIATION, BANGALURU

TELANGANA PAPER MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION, SECUNDRABAD

KERALA PAPER TRADERS ASSOCIATION, KOCHI

  1. Whether you have visited any of the Associations during the quarter, if not the reasons.

Visited following associations.

PAPER MERCHANT WELFARE ASSOCIATION, ANDHRA PRADESH.

Attended Managing committee meeting of PMWA. Participated in paper day celebration on 1st August. Participated as Guest of Honour in PMWA Annual general body meeting. I was felicitated in agm.

  1. What are the views of the Associations be it on trade, the functioning of FPTA, Government policies etc.

Trade : Trade is under adjustment of GST. Practical problems are coming in submission of GST. We need option for revised return in GST.

Due to steep raise in usd, import of art paper disturbed a lot.

Due to anti dumping duty under review on copier, could not release material from port.

Demand in the market is very thin.

Payment from customer and state government is very tiet.

FPTA functioning : This year Paper day was celebrated on 1st August in large scale in entire country. The coordination of fpta in this regard was fantastic and was never seen before.

Request to have watsup mobile at FPTA secretariat so that we can join them in our group and work can be speed up.

Government policies : Government policies on GST is very hard. They have to still relax lot of things on the same. For technical issues also huge penalties are there in GST regime and it should be abolish.

We are facing problem of bad debts. We need urgent policy from govt on the same.

  1. Whether you are in touch with the President and FPTA

Secretariat regularly.

Regularly in touch with our president. As and when needed talking to fpta secretariat.

Our President Mr. Venkat along with his spouse participated in PMWA agm held on 5th Aug 2018.

e. Whether you have attended the Managing Committee Meeting of FPTA held during the Quarter and if not the reasons.

First mc meeting was attended in Chennai.

Second mc meeting was attended in bangaluru.

Third mc meeting was attended in Jaipur

  1. What is your assessment with regard to the functioning of FPTA – whether you have any suggestions which would give a boost to its working.

A note should go to pta about FPTA vice president. It should recommend that all matter related to pta and fpta be share with Vice president. Guideline be given to pta to reply to vice president.

Fpta secretariat has to share present position of pta in his jurisdiction. Based on the same one will decide and take call on the issue in consultation with president.

g. Any other suggestions. 

Uptrend is there in paper industry. Request mill to increase price on monthly basis with atleast 10 days prior intimation to dealer about increase in price. See that order stock be deliver in old price.

Name and signature of the Vice – President:

MADHU SUDAN BANG

PAPER MERCHANTS’ WELFARE ASSOCIATION

ANDHRA PRADESH

16-8-2018

VICE PRESIDENT ANNUAL REPORT : FY 2017-18

MADHU SUDAN BANG

PAPER MERCHANTS’ WELFARE ASSOCIATION

ANDHRA PRADESH

Severed as Vice president of FPTA for the year 2017-18 under presidency of Mr. Venkat Annamalai. Following affiliated associations were under my jurisdiction.

PAPER MERCHANT WELFARE ASSOCIATION, ANDHRA PRADESH.

THE MADRAS PAPER MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION, CHENNAI

THE KARNATAKA PAPER MERCHANTS AND STATIONERY ASSOCIATION, BANGALURU

TELANGANA PAPER MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION, SECUNDRABAD

KERALA PAPER TRADERS ASSOCIATION, KOCHI

PAPER MERCHANT WELFARE ASSOCIATION, ANDHRA PRADESH. :

This is my home Association. Servered as president during 2012-2016. Attended all Managing committee meeting of association. Created funds for association by way of donations from our members. Now Association can run its regular activities on its own.

Participated in Divali Garden party as chief guest. Members with their family participated in program. We bring awareness about paper and its usage. We bring awareness on swatchata particularly at your office and home.

Participated in blood donation camp at Rotary redcross society. Myself also given blood. We bring awareness about blood donation. How it is useful for our society as well as our health. By such activity members came to know about blood group, donation activity and health issue if any.

Summer water camp : In month of april to june mineral cooling water machines were installed at three places in vijayawada and one place at Guntur. Participated as chief guest and inaugurated the program. We bring awareness among public about usage of water and managing water at your home. It is our social responsibility to take care of water at every point of usage.

Annual general Meeting : AGM of PMWA going to take place on 5th August. Our FPTA President Mr. Venkat is our chief Guest. This year new body is going to form for next two years tenure.

THE MADRAS PAPER MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION, CHENNAI

Participated in Diwali Garden party in Chennai with family. Members and their family participated. Entertainment activities and children drawing competition were organized very well. Our FPTA President Mr. Venkat was chief Guest. We bring awareness about problems with electronic items to children. One has to take care of eyes of children otherwise will get spectacle at tender age.

TELANGANA PAPER MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION, SECUNDRABAD

Participated in diwali Milan as guest of honour. We had great time with friends and their family. In the evening had meeting with our convener for website Mr. Nirmal Kuhad and committee for public awareness Mr. Ravi kumar Rathi. Both got good vision for FPTA.

In get together we bring awareness about writing by children on paper leads to long lasting memorizing.

THE KARNATAKA PAPER MERCHANTS AND STATIONERY ASSOCIATION, BANGALURU :

Participated in FPTA mc meeting held in Bangaluru. Thanks to our President Mr. Venkat for giving opportunity in presenting FPTA Vice President report on ppt. We bring awareness about paper mills shares trending in share market. We can earn by not only selling paper but also by investing in shares of paper mill.

KERALA PAPER TRADERS ASSOCIATION, KOCHI

Since demised of Mr. Jain, association activities were slow down. We spoken with local members to revive activities. Mr. bala our FPTA past president and Mr. Venkat our FPTA president too spoken with members. With our continuous affords association revived and had their AGM and elected new body. New body is in regular touch with us. They decided to participate in upcoming AGM at Kolkatta. They decided to celebrate PAPER DAY on 1st August.

Participated in PAPER EX exhibition held on 1-4th Nov at New delhi.

Participated in tour to VIETNAM country. Paper consumption of Vietnam is good and growing. It is servicing by china, japan, south korea and Indonesia.

Participated in Managing Committee meeting of FPTA held at Chennai, Bangaluru and Jaipur.

Participated in conference call held on 2nd Sunday of every month.

REPORT OF SUBHRAJIT KUNDU, VICE PRESIDENT, FPTA.(2017-18)

Period – August 2017 to August, 2018.

  1. Names of the affiliated associations under my jurisdiction.

  1. Calcutta Paper Traders’ Association, Kolkata.

  2. West Bengal Paper Traders’ Association, West Bengal.

  3. Bihar Paper Merchants’ Association, Patna.

  4. Orissa Paper Dealers’ Association, Cuttack.

  5. Chattishgarh Paper Traders’ Association, Raipur.

  6. Raigarh Paper Traders’ Association, Raigarh.

  1. Visit to Associations.

  1. I hosted Sri A. Annamalai ,President, FPTA, when he visited Kolkata on 9th. September, 2017 on the occasion of 99th. AGM of Calcutta Paper Traders’ Association.

  2. On the same evening , few members of West Bengal Paper Traders’ Association met Mr. President over dinner. I also attended the AGM of WBPTA as the Vice President ,FPTA.

  3. Accompanied our President for the visit to Chattishgarh Paper Traders’ Association, Raipur, on 13th. March,2018.

  4. Met members of Raigarh Paper Traders’ Association on 14th. March, 2018. along with our President Sri A. Annamalai (Venkat).

  5. Along with the president Mr. Venkat, I visited Bihar Paper Merchants’ Association, Patna on 14th. May, 2018 to have a luncheon meeting with their members.

  6. Though not under my supervision, I accompanied Mr. President on his visit to Varanasi to meet the members of Kashi Kagaj Vyavsayi Samiti on 15th. May 2018 evening. I am indebted to members of the local association and Sri Vijay Bansal, the deputed Vice President of FPTA who accommodated me in their meeting.

  7. On 19th. July visited Cuttack accompanying President A. Annamalai to interact with the members of Orissa Paper Dealers’ Association over a luncheon meeting.

  8. That concluded visit to all the associations under my jurisdiction.

C) Views of Associations on trade , functioning of FPTA , Government policies.

  1. Regarding trade the members are trying to adjust with the rising prices and shortage in supply though there is no big jump in demand.

  2. Regarding the FPTA the members of the smaller associations feel themselves to be 2nd. Class citizens in the Federation. Though they get all the support from the parent body they are hesitant to raise their voice.

  3. The members in general are trying to adjust themselves with the GST regime. They are still not very used to the intra state e-way bill system as it has affected all the members in general.

  4. All the associations under my supervision very successfully organized the Paper Day Programmes not only on 1st. August, but all along the period. They tried to spread the awareness for paper by various innovative methods and indigenous means.

  5. All the associations has ordered for Paper Day T-Shirts and My Stamp sheets as per their requirements.

  6. Encouraged and invited the members of all four out-station associations to attend FPTA AGM at Kolkata and I confirm that they all will be present at the conference.

  1. In touch with the President and the Secretariat.

I am in constant touch with the President almost on weekly basis. Participated in all the con-calls barring a few. I contacted the Secretariat as and when necessary. Regularly in touch also with different groups of FPTA on whats-up.

  1. Meetings of the Managing Committee members.

  1. I was present for the 1st. meeting held at Chennai.

  2. Attended the 2nd. meeting at Bengaluru on 6th. & 7th. January, 2018.

  3. Attended the 3rd. meeting at Jaipur held on 9th. & 10th. June 2018.

  4. Will be attending the 4th. Meeting on 18th. August ,2018 to be held at Kolkata and organized by my home association , Calcutta Paper Traders’ Association.

  1. Suggestions to FPTA

All the member Associations of FPTA worked out the Paper Day Campaign in a big way. Some are still continuing with the programme of spreading awareness among the general mass. Since we as a trade body can generate such enthusiasm without the participation of the Industry, I suggest in future we should continue with the Paper Day on our own.

It is difficult to motivate the very small associations with members less than fifty or so. I would like the Federation to take them into confidence and ask for their views before taking decisions. (if there is sufficient time for doing so.)

  1. Any other matter.

All the associations I have visited except my home town fall in the Hindi speaking belt. They all expressed that if the circulars of FPTA can also be sent in Hindi version. In my opinion if there is no logistic difficulty or extra burden on expenditure it can be tried out at least on trial basis.

They have also suggested that since they find deliberations in English difficult to comprehend, if synopsis of the same can be delivered in Hindi immediately after the speaker has spoken.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank CPTA and FPTA for giving me this experience and exposure. It has been a learning curve round the year. Thanks to FPTA secretary and secretariat for being with me all through.

The level of energy that the associations under my jurisdiction has shown round the year for all FPTA activities is unbelievable. Special acclamation for them.

Last but not the least, a special accolade for our President, Shri A. Annamalai who has brought out the best in me that I myself was unaware of. Thank you Mr. President for making my tenure a memorable one. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you.

Before signing out I thank all my FPTA friends for the togetherness , the memory of which I will cherish all my life.

SUBHRAJIT Kundu

Vice-President, FPTA 2017-18.

My journey as Vice President took off from my Tamil land(Chennai) and travelled to Garden city(Bangalore) and then to Pink City(Jaipur) and now landing in a place(Kolkatta) very closely connected to Sivakasi.
KOLKATTA & SIVAKASI – EMOTIONAL TOUCHES – DEVOTIONAL & PROFESSIONAL

Report 57th AGM of Shri. R. Sunder Vice President Sivakasi

Performance Always comes from Passion and not from Pressure. Always be Passionate. Love what you do and Do what you Love, Success is yours.

AFFILIATED ASSOCIATIONS
The Sivakasi Paper Merchants Association, Sivakasi.
Madurai Paper Traders Association, Madurai.
Paper & Allied Merchants’ Association, Coimbatore.
Tiruchirapalli Dis. Kagitha Vanigarkal Nala Sangam, Trichy.
Salem Paper & Allied Traders Association, Salem.
Erode District Paper & Stationery Merchants Association, Erode.

AFFILIATED ASSOCIATION – VISITS
The following Associations were visited on 4th July 2018

Madurai Paper Traders Association, Madurai.
Tiruchirapalli Dis. Kagitha Vanigarkal Nala Sangam, Trichy.

 

Tiruchirapalli Dis. Kagitha Vanigarkal Nala Sangam, Trichy.

 

Visited on 04.07.2018.
Grand welcome arragements were made during the visit.
A healthy discussion was made on the Trade. All members actively participated in the discussion.
Ideas and Planning were proposed for the 1st August Paper Day Celebration.

 

Madurai Paper Traders Association, Madurai

Dynamic team working under the leadership of Mr.Sankar with support of young & energetic secretary Mr.Balaji.
Meeting was started with grand & delicious lunch.
FPTA President Mr.A.Venkat gave an excellent speech on the current market scenario.
Paper Day celebrations were discussed and ideas were floated among the members to make 1st August a memorable one.

RELATIONSHIP WITH FPTA
Regular touch with FPTA President and Secretary via phone calls & conference calls.
Participated in all conference calls on 2nd Sundays & Paper Day Celebration discussions.
Submitted the monthly reports upto August’2018 of all my affiliated Associations.
Attended the 1st MC meeting at Chennai, 2nd MC meeting at Bangalore, 3rd meeting at Jaipur and now attending the 4th MC Meeting at Kolkatta.

 

VIEWS OF THE ASSOCIATIONS
TRADE:
Main threat for our trade is thin margins and unsecured credits in the market. FPTA has to take necessary steps to bring all members under one platform to maintain uniform credit policies and work with reasonable margins.
To discuss with all Paper Mills Associations, price increase should be on regular intervals like once in six months. FPTA has to bring the current market scenario to the knowledge of all Paper Mills associations at least once in three months with regular meetings.
FPTA FUNCTIONING:
FPTA has made great success in PAPER DAY Celebration to reach out Paper Awareness to Public and Students. It has been a great year in the history of FPTA under the leadership of Mr.A.Venkat.

 

SUGGESTIONS TO FPTA
To take steps on making 1st AUGUST as NATIONAL PAPER DAY.
FPTA to take necessary steps to involve the Paper manufacturers, who are the most beneficiary of this Paper Day celebrations.
We have to make Awareness about Paper to all our customers and consumers like printers, corrugation box manufacturers and convertors.
More videos about Paper Awareness to be floated in the Social media.
Encouraging enterpreneurs with creative ideas to develop new products out of Paper & paperboards.
We had taken steps with TamilNadu Calendar manufacturers Association to print 1st August as PAPER DAY in all calendars, like tamil daily calendars and monthly sheets. We request FPTA to make necessary steps to print the same in all regional languages thro our affiliated associations.

 

A BIG THANK !!!
I thank FPTA for providing me this opportunity as Vice President under the most energetic President Mr.A.Venkat and dynamic secretary Mr.Hiren Karia.
By this time, I really thank my affiliated Associations for their valuable co operation and support by all means.
I can proudly say that ALL SIX OF MY AFFILIATED ASSOCIATIONS made PAPER DAY CELEBRATION arrangements in a very grand manner and all have submitted their reports to FPTA.
All monthly reports has been submitted by my affiliated associations.

 

Convener Report

Committee for International Trade 2013-14

At 3rd MC MEETING of FPTA to be held at Yercaud – Salem

on 5th & 6th of July 2014.

Asia’s outlook for the printing & Graphics Markets is that Chinese Government is trying to control in excess capacity and forcing the closure of small, old & polluting paper mills and export focus shifting from coated to uncoated woodfree. Import of Copier from Indonesia & Thailand at zero duty on regular basis is a reality now which has spoiled the local copier market further. On an average both countries are supplying around 1000 tons per month in southern & western India market.

  1. International Market for Pulp, Paper & Printing stable, Since 6 Months. Most of the prices are in consolidation phase with little Upward movements:

Current Average Rates:

Soft wood pulp – 675 US $

Hard Wood Pulp – 600 US $

Waste Paper Average – Brown – 250 US $

– White – 500 US $

India Imports nearly – 2.3 Million Tons of Waste Paper.

Coated Paper – 770 to 820US $

Wood free Paper -840 US $

Copier -860 US $

Newsprint -560 – 610 US $

US $ – is very stable &currently around 60.00 INR

  1. India’s yearly

Exports of Paper & Boards – 0.4 Million Tons

Imports of Paper & Boards – 1.0 Million Tons

Newsprint Imports -1.0 Million Tons

Asia & Particularly China dominates the Global production of Paper & Paper Board. Asia is now size of North American & Europe combined. Production is as under:-

  1. Asia – 177.0 M.T Packaging Grades – 223.0 M.T

  2. America -107.0 M.T Wood free Grades – 125.0 M.T

  3. Europe -106.0 M.T Coated Grades – 23.0 M.T

  4. Others – 10.0 M.T Tissue & Others – 29.0 M.T

Total – 400.0 M.T Total -400.0 M.T

Global Paper Consumption:-

  1. North & South America – 26%
  2. Europe – 25%
  3. China – 26%
  4. Japan – 08%
  5. Rest of Asia & Others – 13%
  6. India – 02%

Total – 100%

Per day World consumption is 1.1 Million Tons of Paper & board. Global revenues of Paper Industry is around 565 Billion U.S Dollars

  1. International paper is in the final stage of announcing a Packaging board unit in Gujarat. They have started new copier cutting line at Rajhmundry unit. Yearly production 90000 Tons of Copier. Foreign players like Double A, April fine looking for acquisitions in India.

  1. Local mills like West Coast, J.K, and ITC have started importing ship loads of wood chips & Wood from Australia, South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand etc, due to heavy shortage of wood in the country.

  1. App (China) new board unit with a daily production capacity of 4000 tons has started commercial production. App (Indonesia) is planning the world’s largest pulp production facility in Indonesia.

  1. Foreign mills like APP (China) have started their conversion plants and warehouses in cities like Chennai & Mumbai for tissue paper and packaging varieties. Many big foreign trading houses like JPP and others are setting up offices across India.

 

  1. Custom Duty reduction from 1st January 2014:-

Indonesia & Thailand – 0 %

South Korea – 4.7 %

Japan – 7.5 %

China – 10.0 %

  1. Lot of Newsprint mills are closing down in Europe & US. Sun paper terminates Vietnam & China Projects.

  1. Coated Paper there is over capacity in the world. Total consumption is 23 million tons. China produces 8 Million Tons & as against demand of 4 million tons of demand. As China cannot export much to Europe &US, it diverts its excess quantity to Indian sub-continent & Middle East countries. These results in coated prices are getting cheaper than uncoated paper by nearly 50 to 75 USD per Ton.

  1. By 2020, Chinese producers will dominate 60 to 70% in W&P & 30% to 40% of Industrial grade as China is investing heavily in Technology and Economies of scale. Currently it produces around 110 Million tons of Paper & Board annually. Average age of Chinese machines is 6 to 7 Years only and in developed nations like US and Europe average age is 35 to 40 years.

  1. The major portion of growth around 10 Million Tons in India in the next decade will largely be met by imports except for low grades mainly due to AFTA agreements/Raw material problems/Economies of scale. No new major capacities are under pipelines.

  1. New Capacities in Asia in recent years:

April Fine (China) -4.5 Million – UCWF

App (China) -1.5Million -Packaging board

Double A (Thailand) -2.5 Million – UCWF

India Kiat (Indonesia) -2.0 Million – CWF

JK Paper (India) -0.2 Million – UCWF

  1. The Graph of W& P Paper seems to be going negative by – 1.8% due to e-books & digital revolution etc. Industrial paper is growing 2 to 3% and tissue by 5 to 6%.

  1. Global Print market is around 800 billion USD in 2013. Future is in Digital & Nano technology in printing. India print market is around 20 billion dollars.

  1. Free Trade Agreements FTA: PM had visited Japan & Thailand and India is in advanced talks with these countries & EU for FTA. India, Pakistan talks to focus on removal of Non Tariff walls. Currently only News print can be exported by road across the border.

  1. Turnover of top global paper merchants of the world:-

  1. Paper Links (Australia) – 4.3 Billion USD

  2. Antalis (France) – 3.5 Billion USD

  3. Papyrus (Sweden) – 2.3 Billion USD

  1. More than one billion smart phones sold in one year globally. More than 200 million Tablets sold in one year. E-books Sales value more than one billion USD in 2013.

  1. Eldorado Brasil sets new Pulp production world records 5156 Tons a Single Day.

Sinarmas Owner Mr Eka Tjipta widjaja

is Indonesia’s Richest man.

I’m very happy to inform the house that we had a very successful visit to Japan in December 2013 first week.

We are planning a trip to South Korea in next Six months. We are trying for appointments with M/s. Moorim Paper Mills, Hansol Paper Mills Etc. Once all things are in place we wish to announce it in AGM at Kolkata.

Thanking you,

Shekar Chandak

Convener

Committee for International Trade – FPTA

REPORT OF VICE PRESIDENT FOR THE TERM/QUARTER ENDING – 4-6-2018

  1. Names of the Affiliated Associations under your jurisdiction:

RAJASTHAN PAPER MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION, JAIPUR

INDORE PAPER TRADERS’ ASSOCIATION, INDORE

MAHAKAUSHAL PAPER DEALERS ASSOCIATION, JABALPUR

  1. Whether you have visited any of the Associations during the quarter, if not the reasons.

Due to health concerns, I could not travel and hence, could not attend association meetings.

  1. What are the views of the Associations be it on trade, the functioning of FPTA, Government policies etc.

      1. Trade – The major concerns of trade today include the abrupt and frequent increase in prices by the mills. Credit overdue is also very troubling.

      1. Functioning of FPTAThe functioning of FPTA has become very smooth and effective because of various platforms available now to raise concerns and hold discussions.

      1. Govt. Policies – Coping up with the rules and regulations under the GST regime has been complicated for the traders and the manufacturers but in the long run, return filing and complying with the other rules would be done with much ease.

  1. Whether you are in touch with the President and FPTA

Secretariat regularly

I am in constant touch with the President and the Secretary of FPTA through voice calls and via emails and FPTA Whatsapp group.

  1. Whether you have attended the Managing Committee Meeting of FPTA held during the Quarter and if not the reasons.

I attended the 1st MC meeting held at Chennai and will be attending the meeting to be held at Jaipur on 9th June 2018.

  1. What is your assessment with regard to the functioning of FPTA – whether you have any suggestions which would give a boost to its working.

      1. The FPTA should provide important information regarding GST concerning on its website so that the traders are informed about the constantly changing GST laws.

      2. The FPTA should develop an online helpdesk or grievance cell so as to address traders’ different problems.

      3. The FPTA should provide guidelines for arbitration.

  1. Any other suggestions.

The FPTA mobile application should be more robust and user friendly.

Name and signature of the Vice – President:

KRISHNA KUMAR SHARMA

Vice President – FPTA, Jaipur

REPORT OF COMMITTEE FOR CONSUMER RELATIONS & ARBITRATIONS .

Dear Members,

In the 2 Nd Managing Committee held at Bengaluru , it was decided

And accepted by our members to opt for KYC Form ( Know Your Customer ) ,

In which , the form would contain all the necessary information to be filled by

Our customers. The KYC form would be so implemented in such a way that

No transaction would be carried out unless the KYC format is completed. The

KYC Format is completed and would be sent to all the associations shortly.

Requesting all the members to follow the KYC form and make it Mandatory.

I am also in the process of forming an Arbitration committee where in

There would be an arbitrator from each member association ( Each

Association would send us an name of the representative from their

association ) . As soon as the names are recd, the committee would be

formed and We would send the list the names of the arbitrator along with

their contact Numbers to all the associations which would help each

association to get in touch with the concerned Arbitrator for any grievances.

By forming this committee , we can try to clear any disputes, issues or any

Other matters at our association level but all these matters have to be

Sent through our Federation FPTA office only. Hope members would get

more benefit out of this committee.

I am also insisting all our members to have an consumer meet at their association

Level and to take the maximum benefit out of this meeting. It will be more

Informative and can also sort out many issues between them.

Thanking you

Rajesh Jain

Convenor

Committee for consumer Relations & Arbitrations.

Report of the FPTA GST Committee 2017-18.
To be presented in 3nd MC meeting at Jaipur on 9-10 Jun 2018.

I am pleased to present this report before this august house.

In the last MC meeting held at Bangalore on 6-7 Jan 2018 I had furnished the important details & achievements of GST committee under the esteem guidance of our Respected Shri Satyapal Gupta ji and Shri Balasubramanium ji.

Before the 2rd MC meeting we wrote various letters to all concerned departments and hold numbers of meetings related to GST with Senior Department officers, concerned personalities Shri Sushil Modi ji (Chairman GSTN), Shri Shyam Jauji Ji (National VP-BJP), Shri Manoj Tiwari ji (President Delhi BJP), Shri Arvind Kejriwal ji (Chief Minister Delhi), Shri Manish Sisodia ji (Dy CM and Finance Minister Delhi) and discussed all our GST problems faced by traders. Photo Copies of all the memorandums are given to the office Secretary of FPTA.

In spite of our best efforts the Govt has given only small relief to the traders but no major relief was given.

After the second MC Meeting:

A delegation Under the Chairmanship of Shri Satyapal Gupta ji, Shri Gian Prakash ji, Shri Alok Kumar Gupta and Shri Anil Gupta & I met Shri Manish Sisodia ji Hon’ble (Dy CM and Finance Minister Delhi) and requested for the following relief in GST for traders.

  1. ‘ALL KINDS OF PAPER & BOARD AND ITS PRODUCTS’ under chapter 48 should be brought under one slab that is 12%.

  1. GST council deferred RCM till 31.3.2018, it is requested that RCM should discontinue all together RCM in RCM GSTN holder’s work load increases and government does not get any extra revenue.

  1. GST council enforced E-way bill on sale value of above Rs 50,000/-. From 1st Feb 2018 on Interstate sales and from 1st June 2018 (Intrastate sales). Delhi Govt always trusts its Traders and we appreciate that Delhi Govt never imposed this type of forms. We suggest that the E-way bill should be deferred or if not then it may be applicable on a higher amount of Rs 5 Lakhs or more.

A set of paper and board and its Products under chapter 48 and GST applicable tax 12% and 18% was provided by Sh Anil Gupta General Secretary PMA Delhi to the Dy CM Delhi and he assured us that he will recommend one GST slab of 12% for chapter 48 in GST Council meeting.

Again a delegation Under the Chairmanship of Shri Satyapal Gupta ji, Shri S.K. Goinka ji, Shri Ranjit Bose, Shri Gian Prakash Gupta (President PMA Delhi), & Shri Anil Gupta, Shri Shanti Kumar Jain & I met Shri Piyush Goyal Ji, Hon’ble Union Minister for Rly, Coal & Finance and handed over our memorandum regarding the following problems and requested for appropriate relief for traders.

1. New GST return Form,

2. One chapter one tax,

3. RCM Problem,

4. One chance for correction should be given for Trans 1& 2 forms.

5. Detail of Vehicle Number in Part B of Eway bill is the liability of the transporter thus any penalty for error or omission in filling Part B, should be on transporter.

The whatsapp group of FPTA.

I thankful to Sh Balasubramanum ji, Sh Alok Kumar Gupta & Sh Priyesh Desai ji for sharing latest GST information promptly and regularly.

I thank all our affiliated Associations for their efforts to put-up GST problems from time to time with their State Chief Minister, Finance Minister and local GST Commissioner Etc.

I am grateful to our President Shri Annamalai (Venkat), Secretary Shri Hiren Karia ji and all the Members of the Managing Committee of FPTA for having extended full support on account of their patronage we could able to achieve some results in GST. I assure the house that I shall always do my duty sincerely to archive our goal.

Krishan Mohan Gupta
(Convener) 9810034262 E-mail:   
fpta.gst@gmail.com  spp_476@yahoo.com

CONVENOR REPORT

COMMITTEE FOR WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA

3 RD MEETING OF MANAGING COMMITTEE AT JAIPUR

ON 9TH JUNE – 10 TH JUNE – 2018.

DTD 06.06.2018

I thank our President Sri Venkat Annamalai for giving me the opportunity to serve FPTA. I would like to share the progress of work & some of the mile stones that my committee has reached during the year.

  • The list of members of all the 35 association affiliated to FPTA has been updated on our App.

  • As on date the total no of members is 5042. We are regularly uploading the news, events & activities of all the affiliated associations on – WHATS APP, WEBSITE & FPTA INDIA APP. Government circulars, notifications, newspaper articles related to paper trade are also updated on App.

  • The most heartening thing is that our members are using the App for business inquires. In a single click they have all the information about material available of paper in various categories.

  • At present only three advertisements are on our App with an income of Rs 85000 /- for six month and renewal Rs 60000/- + GST total Rs 145000/- to FPTA – we thank to the members who have contributed for the App advertisement. I feel our members are not utilizing this opportunity. I seek your cooperation by giving more advts not only to help FPTA, but also to get recognition all over. – ONE NATION ONE PLATFORM should be our motto.

  • I suggest to make a corporate style video of around 3 to 5 minutes duration about our FPTA with detail of our activities, mission, vision etc. The same can be uploaded on YOU TUBE & other social media.

  • The total no of members who have downloaded on our App is approx. 1300. I request all the affiliated associations to educate their members about our App so that at our 57th AGM & CONFERENCE at Kolkata we reach our target of 100 %. Till now our total download on Android 1286 & on i phone 2790 i.e. total 4076, Android rating 89 & reviews with over all 4.72 stars out of 5.

  • We are getting appreciations not only from our members, but also from outside, one of such mail of appreciation we received from a non-member from, PATIALA …..”The App being operated by FPTA appears to be very well planned & is indeed a very good effort towards making paper trade more system & technology driven. Please accept my compliments & best wishes.

Last but not the least, I thank all my team members for their relentless efforts & help. A special thanks to our Past President Shri Balasubramanian to send regular news to update on App.

WITH MORE INFORMATION SEE YOU AT KOLKATTA. YOUR SUGGESTION ALWAYS HELP US TO IMPROVE UPON.

WITH REGARDS

NIRMAL KUHAD

CONVENOR OF WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA.

Convener Report

Committee for International Trade 2017-18 At

3rd Managing Committee meeting of FPTA

to be held at JAIPUR on 8th& 9th June-2018

I thank our President for nominating me for this post and thank my team members for cooperating with me throughout the term towards fulfilling my duty as Convenor – Committee for International Trade.

Since mid 2017, China has shut down several plants due to lack of environment compliance. And recently as a part of anti-foreign dumping campaign China has banned Imports of several grades of waste paper. This has led to shutdown of Chinese plants that produce from waste paper (recycle paper) and increased the demand for wood pulp (natural fibre), other material from which paper can be produced. Countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Chile which are major pulp exporters have now diverted all their pulp towards China at a much higher price thus leading to sharp rise in the end products.

Global Scenario for Paper & Board industry is generally upswing and Prices are upswing since past 4 months. Most of the mills have increased prices around 100 to 150 USD per ton in 2018.

  1. International Market for Pulp, Paper & Printing are on upswing, Most of the prices are moving up since past 4 months.

Current Average Rates:

Soft wood pulp – 850 to 900 US $

Hard Wood Pulp – 800 to 850 US $

Waste Paper Average – Brown – 275 US $

– White – 475 US $

India Imports nearly – 2.3 Million Tons of Waste Paper.

Coated Paper – 820 to 875 US $

Wood free Paper – 850 to 900 US $

Copier – 900 to 950 US $

Newsprint – 650 to 700 US $

US $ – is stable &currently around 67.00 INR

  1. India’s yearly

Exports of Paper & Boards – 0.5 Million Tons

Imports of Paper & Boards – 2.0 Million Tons

Newsprint Imports – 1.5 Million Tons

  1. Japan’s Nippon Paper to Acquire Plus Paper Food Pac, India. Purchasing all outstanding shares in Indian Company will give the Japanese company its first manufacturing and marketing base in the sub continent.

  1. Happy to inform you that we had a very successful trip to Vietnam from4th Feb to 11th Feb 2018. We had 45 members from All India namely Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkatta, Vijayawada, Indore, Meerut, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Salem, Karur, Baroda Etc.

 

 

 

Day 1: on 5th Feb:

We had meeting at our hotel with officials of Vietnam Pulp & Paper Manufacturers Association. Officials from VPPA – addressed us about the complete scenario of Vietnam Paper Industry and welcomed us to Import & Export to Vietnam. Some officials invited us to visit their plants, which we had not planned in our itenery. Vietnam Imports nearly 1.9 Million tons of paper & board annually. Vietnam Exports around 2lakh tons of paper. Per Capita consumption is around 40 Kgs.

Anhoa Mills: Officials From Anhoa Paper Mills had come with full presentation & Samples and they are exporting to India.

We had officials from Ministry of Investments – Vietnam, who assured us of all help for any requirements in Vietnam.

Post lunch we proceeded to our mill visit:- Bai Bang Paper Company – A Government of Vietnam owned mills gave us very good welcome & showed around the mills. They export only after meeting the local demand.

Day 3: We departed to the world famous Ho Long Bay and had our private Cruise.

Day 4: We flew to Ho – Cho Min City from Hanoi.

Day 5: We visited 2 small paper mills and then we had meeting with the officials of Association who briefed us about the complete industry and the activities of the Association. They shared with us all the data about Vietnam Industry.

Day 6: Highlight of the tour. We had a very fruitful meeting with Consul General of India – Dr. K. Srikar Reddy – Saigaon, Vietnam

The meeting was arranged in a Five Star Hotel Sheraton, Saigaon and they had invited.

  1. Vice Chairman of Vietnam Paper & Pulp Association.

  1. Vice Chairman of Vietnam Packaging Association.

 

  1. Chairman of INCHAM – Indian Chamber of Commerce Hochimin

  1. Officials from the Vietnam Ministry etc.

It was a very systematic world class meeting, we all had Headphone with language convertors and all welcomed us to Vietnam to do business and explore the oppurtunities. The Open House section was very informative & fruitful. Total gathering was 100+ and all cost was borne by Consul General of India, Saigaon. Our meeting was covered by press & media & it came in local newspapers.

Day 7: We visited the corporate office of Saigon Paper Mills and had very good interaction with the mill officials and they are very keen to do business in India.

Over all a very fantastic tour with quality networking & amazing experience of Vietnam.

  1. The CAGR growth in import of paper from Asian countries is around 34 percent per year in last six years. The imports are rising because of FTA that allows the trade at zero duty. In the last six years, Imports have risen at a CAGR of 15.8 percent in value terms ( from Rs: 3411 Crore in 2010-11 to Rs: 8,237 Crore in 2016 -17) and 17.6 percent in volume terms ( from 0.54 million tonnes in 2010-11 to 1.42 million tonnes in 2016-17).

  1. Since May 2017, China ceased granting import quota of paper recovered as raw material for production. This has made paper mills in China shortage of raw materials and the Chinese market is lacking in packaging paper seriously. As a result, the price of paper for packaging and paper packaging has risen daily in China.

  1. India has initiated an anti- dumping probe into imports of a certain kind of paper from Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore following complaints from some domestic companies. The West Coast Paper Mills, Tamil Nadu Newsprint, Papers Ltd, Ballarpur Industries and JK Paper had filed an application before the Directorate General of Antidumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) for initiation of anti-dumping investigation into imports of uncoated paper from the three countries.

The DGAD in a notification said it has found “sufficient prima facie evidence” of dumping of such paper from these countries. This paper is used as a photocopy or copy paper. The move is aimed at protecting domestic players in the sector against cheap imports. “The authority hereby initiates an investigation into the alleged dumping, and consequent injury to the domestic industry,” it said.

In the probe, it would determine the existence and effect of the alleged dumping and recommend the amount of anti- dumping duty, which if levied, would be adequate to remove the injury to the domestic industry, it added. The period of probe would be April 2016 to June 2017 (15 months) for the purpose of present investigations. We at FPTA always support free & fair trade practices.

  1. Custom Duty Charges from 1st January 2018.

South Korea – 0 %, Japan – 2.8 %, China – 10 % , Indonesia & Thailand – 0 %, Vietnam – 0%.

Thanking you,

Shekar Chandak

Convener

Committee for International Trade – FPTA

Second Report of the Public Awareness Committee of FPTA, 2017-2018

Dear Members,

First of all, I would like to appreciate each and every one of you who are regularly promoting Paper. I would also like to appreciate our President and others involved in the preparations of Celebration of “Paper Day” on 1st August.

On 1st March, we received an Audio clip of Central Govt Cabinet Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, wherein he was suggesting people to go digital and reduce Paper Usage. This clip was received from IPMA General Secretary. IPMA gave in writing to the Minister – stating that Paper is bio-degradable, renewable, recyclable and sustainable made from Planted trees. IPMA requested us also to take up the matter with the concerned Minister as they knew that Dr Harsh Vardhan was Chief Guest at our function for the announcement of 1st August as Paper Day, at Paper Ex, New Delhi on 1st Nov 2017. I thank FPTA Secretariat for writing to the Cabinet Minister on the same subject.

There have been many instances recently wherein many Organisations (Government & Private) have started using Paper – directly or indirectly. Like, UIDAI released a statement that Plastic or PVC Aadhar cards will not be valid. Instead use Paper to Printing your Aadhar card. Recently Telangana IT Minister Mr K T Rama Rao (who is also Chief Minister’s son) rejected a flower bouquet as the same was wrapped in Plastic. Telangana Govt is taking steps towards Plastic free State, which will increase the use of Paper and Paper Products. Likewise, many Governments have released ads on 5th June – World Environment Day – stating to stop using Plastics and use recyclable products like Paper. Telangana Govt’s tagline was – If you can’t reuse it, refuse it.

Friends, I have been requesting from past three years that for creating Public Awareness about usage of Paper, we should first start from our home, our business. Please use Paper Visiting cards and not plastic ones. Please educate your family, friends about the myths about Paper and let them know that it’s good to us Paper. Very good information about Paper being bio-degradable is being also shared on our WhatsApp group. I suggest all the members should copy the same and forward to your other groups, so that your friends and family are updated against the myth about Paper. Members, it’s moral responsibility of all of us to create awareness and promote the usage of Paper.

Appreciations to various Associations (like Indore, Telangana, Kolkata to name a few, etc) for distributing Notebooks to the needy with Printed Matter promoting Paper

I would like to thank our Past President Sri C Balasubramanian and his son Deepak for coming up with beautiful idea of “My Stamp” postal stamp. FPTA can issue my stamp with logo of Paper Day, in co-ordination with the Indian Postal Department & local Philatelic Bureaus.

I have suggested to the President and other office bearers – since this is the first time we will be celebrating 1st August as Paper Day, we would like to have one name from each of the 35 Associations, who would report back to FPTA, as to how they have celebrated Paper Day in their City. Our President has been kind enough to float an idea of awarding the Association which reports the most innovative way in which they have celebrated Paper Day on 1st August. Looking forward for full co-operation from all 35 Associations in this endeavour.

With best regards,

Ravi Kumar Rathi

Convenor – Public Awareness Committee

Federation of Paper Traders’ Associations of India.

REPORT OF SUBHRAJIT KUNDU, VICE PRESIDENT, FPTA.

Period – August 2017 to 2nd. June, 2018.

  1. Names of the affiliated associations under my jurisdiction.

  1. Calcutta Paper Traders’ Association, Kolkata.

  2. West Bengal Paper Traders’ Association, West Bengal.

  3. Bihar Paper Merchants’ Association, Patna.

  4. Orissa Paper Dealers’ Association, Cuttack.

  5. Chattishgarh Paper Traders’ Association, Raipur.

  6. Raigarh Paper Traders’ Association, Raigarh.

  1. Visit to Associations.

  1. I hosted Sri A. Annamalai ,President, FPTA, when he visited Kolkata on 9th. September, 2017 on the occasion of 99th. AGM of Calcutta Paper Traders’ Association.

  2. On the same evening , few members of West Bengal Paper Traders’ Association met Mr. President over dinner.

  3. Accompanied our President for the visit to Chattishgarh Paper Traders’ Association, Raipur, on 13th. March,2018.

  4. Met members of Raigarh Paper Traders’ Association on 14th. March, 2018. along with our President Sri A. Annamalai (Venkat).

  5. Visited Bihar Paper Merchants’ Association, Patna on 14th. May, 2018 to have a luncheon meeting with their members and the President Mr. Venkat.

  6. Though not under my supervision, I accompanied Mr. President on his visit to Varanasi to meet the members of Kashi Kagaj Vyavsayi Samiti on 15th. May 2018 evening. I am indebted to members of the local association and Sri Vijay Bansal, the deputed Vice President of FPTA who accommodated me in their meeting.

  7. I am in touch with Sri Dipak Modi, secretary of Orissa Paper Dealers’ Association to organize a meeting. According to him The Association in almost defunct for quite a long period of time. It has to be revived.

  1. Views of Associations on trade , functioning of FPTA , Government policies.

  1. Regarding trade the members are trying to adjust with the rising prices and shortage in supply though there is no big jump in demand.

  2. Regarding the FPTA the members of the smaller associations feel themselves to be 2nd. Class citizens in the Federation. Though they get all the support from the parent body they are hesitant to raise their voice.

  3. The members in general are trying to adjust themselves with the GST regime. They are more apprehensive of the impending intra state e-way bill system as it will affect all the members in general.

  1. In touch with the President and the Secretariat.

I am in constant touch with the President almost on weekly basis. Participated in all the con-calls barring a couple. I contact the Secretariat as and when necessary.

  1. Meetings of the Managing Committee members.

  1. I was present for the 1st. meeting held at Chennai.

  2. Attended the 2nd. meeting at Bengaluru on 6th. & 7th. January, 2018.

  3. Scheduled for the 3rd. meeting at Jaipur to be held on 9th. & 10th. June 2018.

  1. Suggestions to FPTA

All the Associations members who attended the different meetings highly appreciated the idea of Paper Day to be celebrated on 1st. August from this year onwards. They have been informed about the three topics and the level of students they are meant for. To make this programme an all India success some sort of back up from Federation level is necessary. It may be by way of power point presentation, posters, videos or anything else. To reach to the targeted students the management and the teachers are to be convinced first.

  1. Any other matter.

All the associations I have visited except my home town fall in the Hindi speaking belt. They all expressed that if the circulars of FPTA can also be sent in Hindi version. In my opinion if there is no logistic difficulty or extra burden on expenditure it can be tried out at least on trial basis.

They have also suggested that since they find deliberations in English difficult to comprehend, if synopsis of the same can be delivered in Hindi immediately after the speaker has spoken.

REPORT OF VICE PRESIDENT FOR THE TERM/QUARTER ENDING

  1. Names of the Affiliated Associations under your jurisdiction:

The Paper Traders’ Association, Mumbai

The Pune Paper Traders’ Association, Pune

Paper Merchants’ Association, Surat

The Paper Traders’ Association, Nagpur

  1. Whether you have visited any of the Associations during the quarter, if not the reasons.

PUNE: Visited Pune Association on 16-09-17 along with our President Shri A. Annamalai [ Venkat ] along with PTA – Mumbai President Shri Mehul Mehta.

It was pleasant site to see more youngsters in Pune Association which is a Healthy sign. Pune Association is having app. 75 members and they are trying to bring under them more members from surrounding places.

It is the same old story of competition and less margins due to which new Generation is not interested in joining our Paper Trade.

One good news is that Pune Association members are charging overdue interest and collecting it from their customers and they strictly adhere to it.

Our President explained them the need to get together and fight as one family where needed.

SURAT: My second visit was on 11-11-2017 to Surat Association along with President Shri Venkat and Hon. Secretary Shri Hiren Karia.

eyes to see many youngsters / second generation joining the family trade. The event was well attended by family members of It was treat to the all members. Members of Surat Association seconded the suggestion of Mumbai Association to have a Pan India Grievance Redressal Committee.

NAGPUR : My third visit was on 12-03-2018 to Nagpur Association along

With President Shri Venkat

It was treat to the eyes to see many youngsters / second generation joining the family trade. The event was well attended by. Members of Nagpur Association & senior member attuned meeting

Members remember “ Unless we develop self-respect, we will remain under someone else’s foot”

Mumbai: My Home Association.

Mumbai is having a young and vibrant Managing Committee and my role is guiding the young team to achieve their targets. Our Association is regularly keeping knowledge seminars for the benefit of Members.

Regularly in contact over Phone with Associations under my Jurisdiction.

Looking after day to day working of FPTA office along with Hon. Secretary and Executive Secretary.

c. What are the views of the Associations be it on trade, the functioning of FPTA, Government policies etc.

The associations under my jurisdiction are doing well and are active. They have aligned themselves with FPTA. The common issues of the Association with respect to the trade is that of bad debts, long credit terms and over dues, frequent price increases being announced by Paper Mills

With implementation of GST members were facing difficulties in filing various returns in the beginning but it seems they are settling with it. The recent volatile situation of Foreign Currency is hitting margins still further.


d. Whether you are in touch with the President and FPTA Secretariat regularly.

I am in regular touch with the President over phone and by mail


e. Whether you have attended the Managing Committee Meeting of FPTA held during the Quarter and if not the reasons.

I have attended both the AGM and First Managing Committee meeting at Cheenai.

I have attended the Second Managing Committee at Bengaluru and the following have attend from my Jurisdiction Mumbai – 10 + 2 PP, Surat – 2, Pune – 2, Nagpur – 4.


f. What is your assessment with regard to the functioning of FPTA – whether you have any suggestions which would give a boost to its working.

Regular interaction between Secretariat and affiliated Associations and monthly reports should be exchanged which will help in strengthening both FPTA and affiliated Associations.

The President/Secretary of all the affiliated Association should circulate all the information with their local members and send their feed back to FPTA secretariat. The details so collected may be made in a report form and read/circulated in the AGM for the awareness of all the delegates.

All Associations must be motivated to carry out the program of FPTA and with the launching of WEB site service we will be updated of any event immediately.

g. Any other suggestions. 

All Associations to keep their Vice President informed about all their activities.

Name and signature of the Vice – President: Dhiraj D. Karia Vice President, FPTA – Mumbai.

REPORT OF VICE PRESIDENT FOR THE TERM/QUARTER ENDING – 4-6-2018

  1. Names of the Affiliated Associations under your jurisdiction:

PAPER MERCHANT WELFARE ASSOCIATION, ANDHRA PRADESH.

THE MADRAS PAPER MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION, CHENNAI

THE KARNATAKA PAPER MERCHANTS AND STATIONERY ASSOCIATION, BANGALURU

TELANGANA PAPER MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION, SECUNDRABAD

KERALA PAPER TRADERS ASSOCIATION, KOCHI

  1. Whether you have visited any of the Associations during the quarter, if not the reasons.

Participated in Managing Committee meeting of PAPER MERCHANT WELFARE ASSOCIATION, ANDHRA PRADESH.

In last quarter Visited following associations.

PAPER MERCHANT WELFARE ASSOCIATION, ANDHRA PRADESH.

THE MADRAS PAPER MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION, CHENNAI

TELANGANA PAPER MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION, SECUNDRABAD

THE KARNATAKA PAPER MERCHANTS AND STATIONERY ASSOCIATION, BANGALURU

Could not attend kerala paper traders association, kochi. Our President and Bala sir visited kpta. With crucial efforts of bala sir kpta new body form and slowly activities started. They will participate in our AGM at kolkatta. I am in regular touch with new body. They said will do program on paper day on 1st August.

  1. What are the views of the Associations be it on trade, the functioning of FPTA, Government policies etc.

Trade : This quarter our trade was at peak. Every mill increased their prices and done full supplies. Due to pulp and usd, imports of copier and woodfree paper was badly effected leads to demand for local products. Art paper season went well. Newsprint supplies are very tiet and it is running on cash and carry terms. Requirement of kraft paper growing. Krishna tissue started supplying kraft. Tnpl and itc board done good supplies of Duplex board. Cup stock market demand increased. Local mills not able to meet demand.

Trade recovering with the effect of GST and demonetization. Tran 1 returns submitted and got credit of same and utilized. Tran 2 is still under problem. Ewaybill become part of business. Practical problems are coming in submission of GST returns.

On one hand mills are increasing their prices but not getting support in the market. Traders not showing interest in holding material in godown. Reducing the price and disposing off the material.

FPTA functioning :These days we can feel the functioning of fpta by way of watsup, mobile app, mails etc. Office bearers monthly meeting by way of broadcast is excellent and we are sharing every scenarios.

Government policies : Government policies on GST return require review. For ewaybills more relaxation require. For technical issues also huge penalties are there in GST regime and it should be abolish.

  1. Whether you are in touch with the President and FPTA

Secretariat regularly.

Regularly in touch with our president. As and when needed talking to fpta secretariat.

Our president is the Chief guest at Annual General Meeting of PAPER MERCHANTS WELFARE ASSOCIATION, ANDHRA PRADESH going to held on 5th Aug 2018 in Vijayawada.

e. Whether you have attended the Managing Committee Meeting of FPTA held during the Quarter and if not the reasons.

First mc meeting was attended in Chennai.

Second mc meeting was attended in bangaluru.

Third mc meeting going to attend in jaipur.

  1. What is your assessment with regard to the functioning of FPTA – whether you have any suggestions which would give a boost to its working.

Guidelines require to vice presidents for effective working of fpta. In our meetings we take certain issues and decides let vice president do follow up for the same. Let such details be given to Vice presidents in writing so that we can work on the same effectively.

Guidelines require for arbitration. Let fpta prepare booklet and circulate among pta for implementation of same.

g. Any other suggestions. 

Fpta should create GST help desk. Members will share his problems with them and it should be resolve in shortest time.

Let mobile app be more effective in the manner that we get interest to see on daily basis. Correction of data be given to PTA.

More guidelines require to send to pta for conducting of PAPER DAY program at every association.

Let fpta issue guidelines to PTA for awareness of paper among public. Implimentation of same be check at regular intervals.

Name and signature of the Vice – President:

MADHU SUDAN BANG

PAPER MERCHANTS’ WELFARE ASSOCIATION

ANDHRA PRADESH