These manufacturers produce notebooks, notepads, books and other items of stationery. The industry has over 50 units, employing over 2,000 people. The collective annual turnover of the industry is over Rs.50 lakh.
“The Gorakhpur stationery industry lacks upgraded technology for the manufacture of computer stationery and other modern products. There is also an absence of sufficient infrastructure, preventing manufacturers from producing a large quantity of stationery products,” said Bholanath, a manufacturer.
“We cannot take large orders, as we do not have the infrastructure to fulfill them on time. Also, the electricity supply to the industry is irregular, which hampers the growth of the industry,” said Rajan Kumar, another manufacturer.
“Other than these, there are several other challenges that the industry is facing. For instance, the quality of paper that is available in Gorakhpur is not high, due to the interference of dealers. This is adversely affecting the quality of production,” said Kumar.
“The manufacturers have no alliance with government departments, to get benefit of the schemes offered by it or high-quality raw material,” he added.
“Associations should be formed to present the problems of the manufacturers with the state government, and to ensure that solutions are found soon to these issues,” he said.