In a bid to shuffle the association office bearers and the executive committee after a span of over 2 years, IT Association of Tripura (ITAT) has decided to hold the next round of elections on December 8 following the AGM and the review of financial records and the budget.
"It has been quite some time that we have not held any elections. Even the meetings have been irregular as some issue or the other cropped up every time we decided to hold a general meeting. However, it does not mean that we have been inactive all these years," said Biswanath Das, president, ITAT.
Besides, the association has also planned to host a gala evening followed by cocktail and dinner and was successful in raising funds for the election (about Rs 30,000) on the sidelines of The DQ Week Tech Caravan in Agartala, with Symantec donating Rs 1,000 on the spot.
"Whenever any issue related to channel trading arises, members have been very active in unifying under the same banner and face the threat jointly," he added.
Das remarked that the dealers in Tripura stood jointly and unanimously during the Rashi-NECTA fiasco and that ITAT has prevented such occurrence in Agartala.
"We had opposed market encroachment from firms operating across channel tiers in a unified way, preventing the Guwahati kind of situation. Also, once a major distributor from Kolkata came up with a retail outlet in the city but had to give in to our demands," added Das.
Sometime back, a major distributor from Kolkata had opened a retail outlet in the city. Subsequent questioning by ITAT regarding the feasibility of a distributor entering the retail space in a competitive market, led the Kolkata based firm put down its shutters in Agartala.
ITAT has been an invitee in the recent meeting of Confederation of Indian IT Associations (CIITA) in Bhutan where the association has advocated for a uniform ND policy recently adopted by CIITA. However, ITAT has no plans to join CIITA in the near future as the association is happy with its current operations and stand.