Wooden toy industry calls for government support after COVID-19

Punjab’s wooden toy industry is seeking government support post COVID pandemic to help the industry thrive again.

One of the many toy shops on the way to Sangrur from Chandigarh is Gurpreet Singh’s. He makes and sells these wooden toys in his shop.

In a conversation with ANI, Gurpreet said his family had been making wooden toys since 1994, but “due to COVID, 90% of the work has been stopped.” “We are now back to normal, but 50% is still not in play. The government must approve and recognize this work; only then will we be successful in the field,” said the toy dealer.

Claiming that the wooden toys are not found anywhere in the world, Gurpreet said Punjab can manufacture and export them under the India brand.

“We exported to the United States at our level, on demand, but we need regulation. This work should be subject to GST,” he said.

Coming from a backward village, Gurpreet reiterated that if the government supports them, then every youth in Punjab can benefit from the business.

Courses and workshops should also be started, this field of work can feed an entire village. I can spend my life teaching this trade, says the toy seller.

“China has a toy business worth thousands of crores in India, but the situation in Punjab is that we have more wooden toys in every house than Chinese toys; we are China in terms of toys,” he added.

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Posted: Tuesday February 22 2022, 07:17 IST

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