Subsidise power for Vidarbha’s plastic, packaging units: VIA

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jul 2017 09:47:20


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With an involvement of over 600 entrepreneurs, the plastic and packaging sector in the Vidarbha region has been providing direct employment to about 5000 persons while it is a source of livelihood to nearly equal number of persons who are indirectly associated with the sector. Vidarbha is third largest plastic manufacturing region in the State and its growth is estimated at 12-15% per annum.

However, the Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) observed that the sector could grow at a much faster space if the policy makers provide better facilities and support the sector.

“Prevailing high rates of power are the major cause of concern for the local entrepreneurs. We are unable to compete with our adjoining states where power is available at a cheaper rate. We want State Government to provide us power at a concessional rate,” said Suresh Rathi, VIA core committee member.

Rathi said, power is one of the main constituents for the plastic manufacturing and thus high rates of power adversely affect the sector. Rathi demanded good quality and uninterrupted power supply. “As of now, power supply is not up to the mark which is putting additional burden on the manufacturers,” he said.

“Apart from this, taking into account the environmental challenges due to plastic products, the Government’s stand on plastic products is not very supportive. But we wish to see change in the mindset as no one can undermine the potential of the sector. And, therefore Government should focus on effective ways of plastic waste management rather than imposing ban on the products,” he said.

Pravin Tapadia, another VIA core committee member, emphasised on development of cluster for the sector in the region. He said that plastic industrial park with a state-of-the-art tool room and testing facilities would give much needed boost to the sector. “We are also looking forward to have modern incubation center and world class training centres in the region,” he said.

“The region has several players who are manufacturing plastic products. Packaging industry is also doing well in and around Nagpur. But there is need to give them technical support. It is possible, if the Government does a systematic and long-tern planning for the sector,” he said.
He said, Government should encourage youths especially those coming from rural background to choose the sector as their career option. “A large number of textile units, food processing units and dairy product manufacturers etc., need plastic products and thus the sector offers huge opportunities to youths,” he said.