PAMEX roadshows at Ichalkaranji and Sindhudurg

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PAMEX roadshows at Ichalkaranji and Sindhudurg
Eknath Pingulkar

The Pamex Grassroot Contact Programme was held on 29 October 2017 at Ichalkaranji, Maharashtra. The event was organised by Ichalkaranji Parisar Mudrak Sangh (IPMA). The event was attended by more than 50 printers. Tushar Dhote, chairman of PAMEX gave a presentation highlighting the key aspects of PAMEX 2017. Abhijeet Padwale, president of Kolhapur Zilla Mudrak Sangh also addressed the gathering.

Soon after a successful roadshow in Ichalkaranji, which was one of the many grassroot towns to be covered in Maharashtra, Mudrak Association Sindhudurg organised the next Grassroot Contact Programme at Kundal on Monday, 30 October 2017. Eknath Pingulkar, president of Mudrak Association Sindhudurg and Tushar Dhote, chairman of Pamex were two among the few who addressed the huge gathering at the venue. A large number of printers showed keen interest to attend Pamex 2017.

 The next Pamex roadshow will be held in Pandharpur and Solapur in the state of Maharashtra on 5 November 2017 and in Latur and Barshi on 6 November 2017. The roadshows will also be conducted in Belagum, Ahmednagar, Jalana, Chikhali/Buldhana and Akola.  

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