Corrugated box makers of eastern India plan 3-day shutdown to protest rising input material price

    Kolkata, Mar 10 (PTI) Corrugated box makers of eastern
India are going for a three-day shutdown from March 11 to 13
to protest the relentless rise of input material price and
lack of action by the government to look into their worsening
situation, an industry body said on Wednesday.
    Corrugated box manufacturers are one of the crucial
supply chain partners and offer eco-friendly alternatives to
wooden and plastic packaging and belong to MSMEs.
    "Kraft Paper and board prices are increasing
relentlessly since November, 2020. There is an increase of 60
to 65 per cent so far. Entrepreneurs are suffering immensely
due to the unabated increase in input costs," Eastern India
Corrugated Box Manufacturers' Association president Mohit
Bajaj said.
    The situation is critical and the very survival of the
industry is under threat that offers direct employment to one
lakh and 15 lakh indirect job opportunities, he said
    "We draw the attention of the government to ease the
availability of kraft paper (raw material of paper mills) and
to monitor export of kraft paper so that domestic requirements
are met," he said. PTI BSM

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