The Chemical and Alkali Merchants' Association (CAMA) was established 1956, by a band of highly committed and charitably inclined Traders, who had just set up their businesses in the highly restricted, post Independence era. They were pioneers in the true sense. Their objective was to bring together the Chemical & Dyes Dealers, then operating mostly out of Vadgadi in Central Mumbai, under one roof, for the advancement of their common causes and to serve Society and the downtrodden in particular.
Today, CAMA has over 1850 Members , comprising of leading importers, indentors, authorized stockists of various producers, suppliers and brokers dealing in Chemicals, Intermediates and allied products. Our members form the vital link in the supply chain between the manufacturers (local and overseas) & users (small and large) spread over the country.
Our Association is alert to the needs of even the smallest dealer & broker. The Association is managed by a Managing Committee that is elected by the members from amongst themselves, once every two years. The Managing Committee meets every month to discuss the various problems faced by our members, be it Sales-tax, Central Excise, Octroi, Customs, payment settlment systems, etc.
We are affiliated to apex bodies like Indian Merchants’ Chamber, Federation of Associations of Maharashtra, Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Federation of All India Dyes & Chemical Merchants’ Association.
Whenever needed, CAMA has always taken keen interest and leadership in the programmes and negotiations organized by these Trade / Industry bodies with concerned authorities at the Municipal, State or even Central level.
Withdrawal of Solvent Order-2000 & reduction in Maharashtra Sales Tax on Chemicals last year, are examples of such joint action.
It will not be out of place to mention here that CAMA has successfully developed a Large Warehousing complex for storage of chemicals at Trans Thane Creek area of about 1,80,000 sq.mtrs.
Further, the first phase of our long cherished project of Antop Hill Warehousing Company has been completed and the possession of galas to the concerned galaholders has been given recently.
Our Charitable Trust, The Chemical & Alkali Merchants; Association Relief Fund takes care of social obligations on our part by giving medical & educational assistance to members’ staff as well as to the needy and weaker section of the society. The Trust also distributes free note books to the staff members, hamals and the general public. Annual eye camps have served hundreds of needy people.
The Trust collects donation (exempt under Sec 80G of IT Act) mainly from members and the amounts collected are spent whenever there is a natural calamities in the country, for help & rehabilitation in the affected areas. To cite an example, a school has been constructed by us in Samudral village in Osmanabad district, which was badly affected due to massive earth quake. CAMA had collected sizeable amount of donations for the Kargil cause and very recently CAMA has collected the highest amount of donation for the rehabilitation of victims of the Gujarat Earthquake that struck in Jan'02. The Trust also holds regularly medical camps in the market area for the benefit of staff members, workers, etc.
CAMA has increasingly tried to bring our members closer to one another by promoting Sports Activities regularly. Every year, we organize cricket tournaments between Inter Associations and Inter market Associations and the winner is awarded Trophy. Many elders even beyond the age of 70 regularly take part in these cricket tournaments.
With a view to create better fellowship amongst members, CAMA organises annual pleasure cum study Trips to places of interest. Nearly 150 members and about 100 guests from other Associations have joined such trips.
Thus, the Association with the strong and active co-operation of the members renders services to the trade in general and also does humanitarian and charitable services and looks forward with confidence to do more and more in the years to come.