The sixth LUB-Punjab Laghu Udyammi Sammellan was organised by LUB-Phagwara-Unit on 13/02/2019. Earlier five such sammellans were successfully conducted in – Dera-Bassi, Sirhind, Batala, Amritsar & Phillaur. The chief guest was Chief-editor Dainik-Savera Sh. Sheetal Vig, & sammellan was presided-over by LUB-Punjab President Adv. Arvind Dhumal. Past National President Er.Sh. Vinod Jain & National Sec.Sh. Dinesh Lakra were specifically present. LUB-Punjab was also represented by Senior Vice-President Sh. Ashok Gupta, Sec.Sh. Subodh Sobti & Joint Sec.Sh. Ashok Sethi. Proceedings were regulated by LUB-Phagwara Gen.Sec.Sh. Pankaj Gautam. More than one hundered people were present (including LUB-Phagwara members, entrepreneurs & their family members). The presence of considerable number of women-folk was the hallmark of this sammellan.
LUB-Phagwara President Sh. Om Uppal welcomed all the Chief-guest, LUB-Punjab office-bearers (who too were accompanied by their better-halves), LUB-Phagwara members, entrepreneurs & their family members. In the beginning floral tributes were paid to Bharat-maata, lights (jyoti) were lit & vande-maataram (national song) was sung, & guests were presented with flower-boquetts. Sh. Pankaj Gautam then narrated the efforts of LUB-Phagwara unit undertaken for the betterment of Phagwara MSMEs, during over a period of time, especially with regard to the lowering of GST slab for diesel-engine parts & auto-parts, & how LUB-Punjab & National LUB assisted them in their this endeavour. He then invited LUB-Phagwara past National President Sh. Mukhinder Singh to apprised the guests about the progress of ‘Foundry & General Engineering Cluster’, which he narrated in detail, & thanked LUB-Punjab & National LUB for their guidance & assistance in taking it to this stage, where it is about to get started.
Sh. Ashok Sethi gave the brief introduction of the Chief-Guest Sh. Sheetal Vig to the members, & thanked him for sponsoring LUB sammellan at Phagwara, & sparing his precious time by agreeing to become its chief-guest!
After that, LUB-National Sec.Sh. Dinesh Lakra informed members present about his & National LUB’s efforts in getting the trial run of Dhanvantri mobile app (meant for the benefit of ESI registered workers) started, & also about the efforts to bring down ESI contribution slabs from 6.5 (4.75+1.75) to 5 (4+1), which would be huge relief to MSMEs, as the notification has been done, & this would be implemented from 1st of April, 2019.
After that, Er.Sh.Vinod ji Jain congratulated LUB-Phagwara for the successful organisation of Laghu Udyammi Sammellan, & he apprised the members present, about the conduction of similar sammellans at prant & National level as well, across the country in more than 360 districts of India, where LUB has reached & established its units. He said that, the 25 year journey of LUB has been a struggle of its founding members, who could got solved many problems of MSMEs, & is tirelessly working for the benefit of MSMEs, across the length & breadth of India. He also requested LUB-Phagwara members to convene regular monthly meetings, increase membership & also make contributions for the National Head-office Building!
LUB-Punjab President Adv. Arvind Dhumal said that, India has been a strong industrial-economy for more than ten thousand years, & the concept of unemployment was not their in those times, as the ancient Indian language Sanskrit does not have a synonym for unemployment. He qutoed from the book ‘The World Economy : A millenium perspectives’ written by former senior professor of Oxford University that, India’s contribution in world GDP was 32% till 1000 AD, 29% till 1500 ADm 19% till 1700 AD, 12% in 1820 AD & touched its nadir at independence with 2.30%. He then narrated the reasons which led to this decline, which contained political fragmentation resulting in 800-900 years of foreign subjugation, systematic destruction of India’s established commercial-centres & domestic industries by Britishers. He said that, now these developed nations made countries like us to sign GATT agreement under WTO in the decade of 90s, which resulted in de-reservation of 1430 items earlier reserved for small-scale & cottage industries. This led to closure of such industries earlier making small & house-hold items, established in villages & small towns, throughout the country. Big-business houses too were allowed an entry in to these items. In this background Nationalist thinkers started LUB on 25th of April 1994, to secure the overall interests of MSMEs. He urged LUB-Phagwara members, to keep on increasing the strength of LUB, so that, it could protect the rights of MSMEs!
After this mementos were presented to the guests! Sh. Ashok Gupta Sr.Vice-President LUB-Punjab gave the vote of thanks. He congratulated LUB-Phagwara for the successful conduction of sixth Laghu Udyammi Sammellan of Punjab prant! He thanked the entrepreneurs & their family members (especially women) for participating in this sammellan, & making it a family/parivar occasion, which is the essence of LUB! He then invited all for dinner!