AIFMP elects P Chander as its 69th president

P Chander will take over as the next president of All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) from Kamal Chopra from 1 October 2021.

29 Sep 2021 | By Sriraam Selvam

Chander Pasupathy, president, AIFMP

The AIFMP is the apex body of more than 2.5-lakh printers in the country, employing around 15-lakh people directly and 10-lakh people indirectly. Established in 1953, AIFMP has 83 regional associations spread all over the country as its affiliates.

This would be the second stint for Artisan Company’s Chander (the AIFMP president in 2010), a highly respected member of the print fraternity and the driving force of The Madras Printers and Lithographers Association (MPLA) in Chennai.

Speaking exclusively to PrintWeek, Chander laid out his team’s priorities for their term. He said, "The GST hike from 12% to 18% is on top of our agenda as this has severely impacted the industry, which is still reeling under the pandemic effect. We will look to devise a strong plan of action to challenge this increase."

“On the topic of the pandemic, we know a large number of small and even medium printers have been badly hit by it, and we will assess the possible ways to rejuvenate the industry overall. We have several ideas, but it still requires time to put together a concrete action plan,” he added.
The rest of the office bearers elected during the e-AGM held on 26 and 27 September are C Ravinder Reddy of Sravya Grafics (hon. general secretary), Harjinder Singh of Swastika Prtinwell (hon. treasurer), Tarun Aneja of Aneja Printers (vice president - North), Surjit Singh of Sur Printers (vice president - East), Umesh Nema of Pragati Graphics (vice president - West), Y Vijayan of Vijaya Press ( vice president - South) and Nitin Narula of Colourbar Communications (hon. joint secretary).

“Apart from the immediate concerns of GST, we will also work on the plan to make the AIFMP Bhawan a reality. Thanks to my predecessor, who has also already purchased the land. It is up to us now to complete the dream,” he concluded.