April 4, 2008
Frustrated by the various business issues faced in their region, the channel
partners in Parbhani have decided to form an IT association.
Speaking about this decision Rajesh Jain, spokesperson of the Parbhani
Association of Computer Traders (PACT) said, "We had some issues with
payments from some customers. Besides this there were also some issues with few
vendors and distributors. But these issues where not given much importance by
state's IT community because we never had the power to fight them as we
ourselves were divided here in Parbhani.”
But now the partners have decided on their agenda and want to promote
awareness about original software's among the community there. They believe that
coming together will help them to increase their margins by selling by pursuing
better business practices.
“We are also thankful to Sunil Gugale, President, Computer and Media
Dealers Association of Pune for helping us in formation of the association. Now
issues will be not taken lightly as we will unite and fight for our problems
The population of Parbhani district, which is part of the Marathwada region,
is around 15 lakh of which the urban population is around 3 lakh. Presently it
is estimated that around200 IT partners operate in the Parbhani district.
Right now PACT has 60 registered members of which at least 20 have promised
to be active members of the body. “We have kept the registration fees very low
in the initial stages to get more partners within our fold. Later we will hike
it up as the membership increases.”
While the association had yet to be registered as PACT, talks are afoot to
have a general body meeting to decide the appointment of President. The first
thing on the agenda is to increase the membership base and to generate awareness
about IT in the region.