THE STRUCTURE :
Shri Mahila Griha Udyog, the makers of the famous Lijjat Papad, is an organisation which symbolises the strength of a woman. All the women members are jointly the owners of the organisation and are fondly referred to as ‘sisters’. There is a central managing committee of 21 members to manage the affairs of the organisation.
The organisation is wide-spread, with it’s Central Office at Mumbai and it’s 60 centers and 40 divisions in different states all over India. The organisation started of with a paltry sum of Rs.80 and has achieved sales of over Rs.300 crores with exports exceeding Rs. 10 crs.
Membership has also expanded from an initial number of 7 sisters from one building to over 40,000 sisters throughout India. The organisation functions on the basis of consensus.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE HISTORY :
It all began on 15th march. 1959 which was a warm summer day with the sun shining brightly in the cloudless sky. A majority of the women inhabitants of an old residential building in Girgaum (a thickly populated area of South Bombay), were busy attending their usual domestic chores.
A few of them, seven to be exact, gathered on the terrace of the building and started a small inconspicuous function. The function ended shortly, the result – production of 4 packets of Papads and a firm resolve to continue production. This pioneer batch of 7 ladies had set the ball rolling.
As the days went by, the additions to this initial group of 7 was ever-increasing. The institution began to grow.
The early days were not easy. The institution has its trials and tribulation. The faith and patience of the members were put to test on several occasion – they had no money and started on a borrowed sum of Rs. 80/-.
Self-reliance was the policy and no monetary help was to be sought (not even voluntarily offered donations). So work started on commercial footing.
The success of the organisation stems from the efforts of it’s member sisters who have withstood several hardships with unshakable belief in ‘the strength of a woman’. The organisation functions on the basis of consensus.
With quality consciousness as the principle that guided production, Lijjat grew to be the flourishing and successful organisation that it is today.
CORE VALUES :
Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad is synthesis of three different concepts, namely
(1) The concept of Business
(2) The concept of family
(3) The concept of Devotion
All these concept are completely and uniformly followed in this institution. As a result of this synthesis, a peculiar Lijjat way of thinking has developed therein.
The institution has adopted the concept of business from the very beginning. All its dealings are carried out on a sound, pragmatic and commercial footing – Production of quality goods and at reasonable prices. It has never and nor will it in the future, accept any charity, donation, gift or grant from any quarter. On the contrary, the member sisters donate collectively for good causes from time to time according to their capacity.
Besides the concept of business, the institution along with all it’s member sisters have adopted the concept of mutual family affection, concern and trust. All affairs of the institution are dealt in a manner similar to that of a family carrying out its own daily household chores.
But the most important concept adopted by the institution is the concept of devotion. For the member sisters, employees and well wishers, the institution is never merely a place to earn one’s livelihood – It is a place of worship to devote one’s energy not for his or her own benefits but for the benefit of all. In this institution work is worship. The institution is open for everybody who has faith in its basis concepts.
Shri Mahila Griha Udyog manufactures various products from Papad, Khakhra, Appalam, Masala, Vadi, Gehu Atta, Bakery Products & Chapati.
It also produces/manufactures SASA Detergent Powder, SASA Detergent Cake (Tikia), SASA Nilam Detergent Powder, SASA Liquid Detergent.
Shri Mahila Griha Udyog has diversified its various activities. Besides it’s world famous papads, it also currently has –
A Flour division at Vashi (Mumbai) where flour is milled from Udad Dal and Moong Dal..
A Masala Division at cotton Green(along with a Quality Control Laboratory) at the same place where different kinds of spice powders like Turmeric, Chillies, Coriander and ready mix masala and like Garam masala, Tea masala, Pav-Bhaji masala, Punjabi Chole Masala etc. are prepared and packed in consumer packs.
A Printing Division also at the same place.
Lijjat Advertising Services at Girgaum (Mumbai).
A Khakra Division at Buhari (Dist-Valod).
An Export division at Wadala.
Chapati divisions at Mumbai.
A Polypropylene set-up at Kashi-Mira Road.
A Vadi producing factory at Valod.
A Bakery division at Valod.
A Detergent Powder and Cakes manufacturing unit at Dahisar and office at Borivali (Bombay).
PRESENT STATISTICS :
President : Smt. Jyoti J. Naik
Vice – President : Smt.Kamal D.Dhandore
Secretary : Smt.Malti M. Pawar
Secretary : Smt. Sunanda R.Belnekar
Treasurer : Smt.Sharda S.Landge
Treasurer : Kum. Pratibha H. Trilotkar
Head Office : 3,Kamal Apartments,149/150
S.V.Road ,Bandra (West)
Mumbai – 400050
Maharashtra , India
Email : [email protected]
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