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Ministry approves packaging and printing cluster in Indian city

The Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in India has sanctioned INR2.39m ($0.04m) for setting up packaging and printing cluster by Offset Printers' Association (OPA) in the north-Indian city Ludhiana.

The move was announced at the 30th steering committee meeting of the MSME Cluster Development held recently in New Delhi.

OPA general secretary Kamal Chopra said they produced a report for the ministry with findings of a diagnostic study for the printing and packaging cluster in the city, reported hindustantimes.com.

According to the report, several hurdles were faced by the project that include competition, tax-freezones in other areas, and more importantly, lack of skilled labor and infrastructure.

A training program was also conducted as part of the meet, that helped participants to develop awareness about clusters in terms of improved technology and cost-savings.