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  The Indian Paper Industry accounts for about 2.6% of the world's production of paper. The estimated turnover of the industry is INR 50,000 crore approximately and its contribution to the exchequer is around INR 4500 crore. The industry provides employment to more than 0.5 million people directly and 1.5 million people indirectly. Most of the paper mills are in existence for a long time and hence present technologies fall in a wide spectrum ranging from oldest to the most modern. The mills use a variety of raw material viz. wood, bamboo, recycled fibre, bagasse, wheat straw, rice husk, etc.; approximately 31% are based on chemical pulp, 47% on recycled fibre and 22% on agro-residues. The geographical spread of the industry as well as market is mainly responsible for regional balance of production and consumption. The operating capacity of the industry currently stands at 12.75 million tons. During 2013-14, domestic production is estimated to be 11.38 million tons. As per industry guesstimates, over all paper consumption has now touched 13.10 million tons and per capita consumption is pegged at 10 kg. Demand of paper has been hovering around 8% for some time. So far, the growth in paper industry has mirrored the growth in GDP. India is the fastest growing market for paper globally and it presents an exciting scenario; paper consumption is poised for a big leap forward in sync with the economic growth and is estimated to touch 13.95 million tons by 2015-16. The futuristic view is that growth in paper consumption would be in multiples of GDP and hence an increase in consumption by one kg per capita would lead to an increase in demand of 1 million tons.  
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