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Paper meet urges Govt to address raw material shortage

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New Delhi , March 4

THE Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Mr E.V.K.S. Elangovan, today inaugurated the 40th Annual General Meeting and a Seminar on "Developments in Pulping and Chemical Recovery" organised by the Indian Pulp and Paper Technical Association (IPPTA).

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said, "the pulp and paper industry plays an important role by contributing to the growth of the economy of the country.

"The topic chosen by IPPTA for the seminar is of high relevance and it will provide a good opportunity to exchange their views and understand the recent developments by the industry across the globe"

The guest of honour and Managing Director of J.K. Paper Ltd, Mr Harsh Pati Singhania, said, "The paper industry needs to have higher capacities for it to grow. The shortage of raw materials is a key issue being faced by the industry, which needs to be addressed by the Government on a priority basis.

"In addition to the ongoing Social Forestry Programme, the industry should be allowed to undertake industrial plantations."

More than 400 delegates related to the Pulp, Paper and Allied Industries apart from scientists and academicians are attending the two-day seminar.

Seven technical sessions have been planned which will be conducted by industry bigwigs which include Mr Pekka Rahkila, Vice-President and CTO, Andritz Pulp Mill Technologies, Finland and Mr S.K. Mittlal, Managing Director, Phoenix Pulp and Paper Public Co Ltd, Thailand.

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