Top industrialists leave no space for youth in trade organisations

  • Arjun Sharma, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2014 23:41 IST

Top industrialists of city seem to be leaving no opportunity to join any trade organisation as a result some of the business leaders have become office bearers in even five organisations. This has also blocked the opportunities for young leaders, who could bring new ideas for the industry.

Most of the trade organisations, including cycle, knitwear and auto parts among others, earlier suggested improvement measures to the state as well as the central government. This brought much benefit to the industry and new ideas were floated from time to time.

Internal rivalry and political affiliations resulted in creation of several trade organisations in Ludhiana. This gave an opportunity to most of the business leader to become office bearers in many of these bodies. Situation has come to the point where single industrialist has become office bearer in five organisations.

Although no one is vocal regarding the trend, the problem is being discreetly discussed. A businessman said, "We could not see young faces as senior industry leaders are holding top positions in most of the trade organisations. Young people will not get opportunity to become the office bearers until a single industry leader will keep occupying positions in different trade organisations."

Trade organisations including United Cycle Parts and Manufacturer Association (UCPMA), Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU), Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation (FICO), and Knitwear Club among others lack young blood on top positions.An industry leader, requesting anonymity, said most of these bodies were formed by those, who were shunted out of their earlier organisation."One who loses election forms other organisation. The situation is grave because there are several organisations that are fighting with each other and causing harm to the industry," the industrialist said.

Industry leaders, including Vinod Thapar is holding positions in more than five organisations. Thapar is chairman of Knitwear Club, president of Federation of Knitwear Textiles and Allied Industries Association, vice president of Federation of Hosiery Manufacturers Association of India, patron secretary at CICU and board member of China India Trade and Investment Centre.Other industry leaders, who occupy two or more positions in prominent trade organisations include: Manjinder Singh Sachdeva, president Bicycle Research and Development organisation (BRADO) and general secretary of FICO; Gurmeet Kular is president of FICO, chairman of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and general secretary of BRADO; Rajiv Jain is president of Laghu Udyog Bharti, general secretary of UCPMA and secretary of FICO.

On the other hand, Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma is president of UCPMA, vice-president of CICU, secretary of Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society (LETS), while Avtar Singh is president of CICU and is also CEO of LETS. Upkar Singh Ahuja, who is general secretary of CICU is also the director of LETS.

SC Ralhan, who is the regional chairman of Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) is also the president of Ludhiana Hand Tool Association.

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