AIFMP elects new team of office bearers

Raveendra Joshi is president and Raghabendra N Dutta Baruah is general secretary

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Raveendra Joshi from United Multicolour Printers elected as new president for AIFMP. Photo: AIFMP
Raveendra Joshi from United Multicolour Printers elected as new president for AIFMP. Photo: AIFMP

A new team of office bearers of the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) for the year 2022-23 were elected at the 69th annual general body meeting held on 24 September 2022 in Kochi. 

Raveendra Joshi of United Multicolour Printers Pune has been elected as its president for the year 2022-23. He takes charge of the apex body of 2.5 lakh printers, which employs around 15 lakh people directly and 10 lakh indirectly, from 1 October 2022. 

Established in the year 1953, AIFMP draws its strength from 82 regional associations spread all over the country.

The other officebearers are – Raghabendra N Dutta Baruah of Seven Stars Publications as general secretary, Nitin Narula of Colourbar Communications as vice-president (north), K Rajendran of Vignesh Offset as treasurer, Anant Vishwanath Joshi of Sahitya Mudranalaya as vice-president (west), Rahul Mahajan of Narendera Publishing House as joint secretary, Bidyut Ranjan Nag of Nag Offset as vice-president (east), and K Kumarasamy of Kumaraswamy Printing Pressis vice-president (south).

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