PRESIDENTS DESK

 

From the President’s Desk

 

 

Dear Members,


I hope that this message finds you and your family in the best of health.

After being under lockdown for more than 2 months, the Governments all over the world are stating that the COVID-19 is not going to go away anytime soon. It has also been told that we should learn to live with the Coronavirus.I appeal to each of you to stay safe, healthy and follow the directions given by the Central and the State Governments.


Most of the Plastic Processing Units have opened up and are operating at much lower capacities. However the Plastic Processing Units producing Flexible Packaging and products required for Medical Applications are working at higher or at near normal capacity.

The Plastic Products have played a vital role in helping the people to protect themselves from the deadly corona virus.

Many countries, which have been sourcing their requirement of Plastic Products from China are looking at alternate sources of supply. This is a tremendous opportunity for the Indian Plastic Processors and they should seize this opportunity immediately. If we do this, India can become a global sourcing hub for plastic products.

 

We have been conducting Webinars in collaboration with FICCI and CII.The Webinar on –“National APPRENTICSHIP Promotion Scheme” (NAPS) was held on 22nd May 2020 jointly with CII. The HR Executives of many companies attended and appreciated this Webinar. The Apprenticeship Scheme can save a substantial amount on wages for the employers.


The benefits of the Apprenticeship Scheme are as given below:-

  • Employers can have a training program relevant to their requirements.
     
  • No contribution for EPF, ESI etc. for apprentices under Apprentices Act (Apprentices to be covered under insurance separately)
     
  • Reduction in recruitment cost due to availability of vast pool of trained apprentices.
     
  • Employers will be incentivized.
     
  • Reimbursement of 25% of prescribed stipend subject to a maximum of Rs. 1500/- per month per apprentice to all employers.
     
  • Reimbursement of Training cost up to Rs. 7,500/- per apprentice.
     
  • Delinking of stipend from state’s minimum wages.
     
  • Option to book expenditure under CSR.

If you require any assistance in respect of NAPS, you may contact OPPI secretariat. We propose to conduct few webinars on Management subjects.


The “NEW NORMAL” is evolving in every segment of our lives. We have to re-draw our business plans and emerge stronger than before.


I once again wish you to stay safe and healthy.

With Best Wishes,

 

Dharmendra Gandhi

President