Shri. Hans Raj Choudhary (2017 – )
Mr. Choudhary is the 21st President of Udaipur Chamber of Commerce & Industry (UCCI) and Managing Director of Choudhary Offset Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur. He was elected Asst. Governor Rotary Dist-3050 for the year 2010-2011 and was the President of Rotary Club of Udaipur Mewar between 2003-2004.
A masters in Statistics, he has a keen sense of markets and has a highly logical approach towards complex issues of the world. A remarkable promoter of innovation and new technologies, Mr. Choudhary always emphasises on the importance of data in decision making.
Hans Raj joined his family business just after completing his education in 1992. He was initiated in business through hardcore sales. Despite having an established company, his father wanted him to learn the technicalities in a practical way rather than just taking over the reins and reaping its benefits. He had a belief that to truly excel at something, one has to leave one’s comfort zone.
He and his younger brother Mukesh Choudhary have been instrumental in bringing offset printing press to Udaipur. They worked on transforming their letter press into an offset in 1995. In 2007 they were the first to import machines from Heidelberg, Germany. Today, the Choudhary Offset stands as a one-stop destination for all printing needs and is the largest, most diversified company in South Rajasthan’s printing industry.
Hans Raj’s concerted efforts for technology upgradation, high quality standards and customer satisfaction have been appreciated by several agencies such as Advertising Club, Jaipur which adjudged the company as first in the state and awarded it Certificate of Excellence in print production. Udaipur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rotary Club, Udaipur, Lions Club, Udaipur and other organizations have appreciated Choudhary’s excellent quality printing and work ethic by honouring him with various awards. He has also been felicitated as an ‘Icon of Mewar’.
Message from Mr. Choudhary
In the last year, we identified skill development as the biggest necessity of the industry at our times. To enable the youth for employment and to provide more proficient talent to industry, it is important that we train the youngsters in latest and most relevant skills sought by the industry. With that purpose in mind, a first of its kind Vocational Training Center was set up within the campus of UCCI. It is really great to see this initiative grow over the year. Being entrusted with another term as President, I seek to strengthen this initiative to an extent that the VTC becomes an integral part of the Chamber for the time to come.
The second most important progress that we achieved last year was the digitisation of the chamber. The development of the UCCI Portal fulfilled the goal of digitising all of Chamber’s services such as issuance of Certificates of Origin, Document Attestations and Visa Recommendation letters. With an innovative document verification system in place, anyone can now avail those services sitting at their own offices. This year, we will work on extending the functionality of the portal to handle the entire membership data. The automated reports from the portal will make it possible to track every activity of the chamber.
This year, we are aiming to develop a very useful legal cell within the Chamber; one which can assist in the day to day legal procedures as well as provide high value counseling to the members. This legal cell would be essential in supporting the MSME sector. It is a part of UCCI’s vision to establish this region as an industrial hub but it could only come to fruition if the small and medium scale industries are supported through affordable legal and financial advisory. This is where the legal cell will play a vital role.
Apart from the above tasks which are quite extensive in their own right, we aim to take up expansion of the UCCI secretariat building. We are planning to extend another floor which could be utilized as incubator space, office spaces and used for other purposes of the Chamber. An elevator for the building has been a long time demand. Also, it is needed to make the building friendlier for differently-abled visitors as per ISO requirements. Speaking of ISO, we’ve initiated the process of obtaining ISO 27000 (Information Security Standards) which will validate our digital transformation efforts.
As we are entering a new era of economic development, we need to expand the role of the UCCI from mere forum for networking to an active policy influencer. This will take efforts from all members. We want to strengthen our Industrial Grievance Redressal mechanism so that all Government departments start paying attention to our opinions. We want to encourage you to bring forth the business related issues faced by you so that UCCI can represent them at the right forums. The Chairmen of the various sub-committees have a crucial role to play in this direction as they will have to bear the responsibility to represent the matters that are affecting the industry. Unless we engage in conversation with the government, we can’t hope to achieve resolution.
UCCI is not confined within the 8 districts of Southern Rajasthan anymore. This Chamber has the potential to represent matters of entire Rajasthan. We already have a state wide membership for our Hazardous Waste Management Project which has grown beyond 1000 members. We are planning to implement the objectives of Udaipur Industrial Waste Management & Research Centre (UIWM&RC); a Trust created to oversee the HWM project. These objectives have long being neglected but it’s never late to start a good work. With activities like this we hope to break free from the regional confines of South Rajasthan and eventually make the activities of our Chamber more visible to the center of governance.
In many ways we are starting to see UCCI taking to a larger stage. With the visit of important dignitaries like Union Minister, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Industry Minister of Rajasthan, Shri Rajpal Shekhawat, Finance Secretary of Rajasthan, Shri Praveen Gupta and so many more within a span of a year, we are beginning to receive exposure at the state and central government level. We need to continue working towards proving ourselves worthy of the attention. We should be able to produce positive results for the industry. That will be the true fulfillment of our goals.
It is my strong belief that you’ll appreciate our efforts to create an active environment at the Chamber. This is an organization which could become a key stakeholder in policy development. However, we will need to change our perspective. We all need to start taking interest in the activities and become more aware of the organization’s functioning. I request you to start using the online portal as frequently as you can. You can sign in with your user account and start posting your grievances online. Start following our updates on social media channels like Facebook page and Twitter account. Only by involving more can you seek to utilize the resources of the Chamber for the benefit of your business.
I am thankful to all the esteemed members who have supported our executive team last year. I hope you’ll continue to support the team this year in the same manner. I must express my gratitude for considering me worthy for another term and allowing me to continue in my role. It is my privilege to serve the cause of the industry and I promise to ensure that we progress further in leaps and bounds.
Hans Raj Choudhary,
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