Our History

The Punjab Dry Cleaners and Dyers Association was founded in 1963 in the holy city “Amritsar” of Punjab state of India. The function was arranged at Central Dry Cleaners, Amritsar.

S. Pardhan Singh was the first President of the Association and he remained in office as the president from 1963-1970.

S. Tarlok Singh was the General Secretary who worked self-less for several years for the welfare of association. But only 2-3 meetings were held which shows that much work was not done for the advancement of the association.

On 20th September 1970 a grand annual function was held at Ludhiana in which delegates from and members from Patiala, Jalandhar, Bhathinda, Sangrur, Amritsar, Dhuri, Khanna, Malerkotla, Rajpura, Sirhind, and many other cities of Punjab were present to attend the function. Every one worked hard to make it a grand success because such a grand function was held after 7 years. In this function S. Harbhajan Singh Chawla of Golden Box Dry Cleaners was elected the President of the association. In its first meeting, at Amritsar he announced the cabinet S. Tarlok Singh as Gen. Secretary, S. Bishan Singh as Sr.Vice President, Sohan Lal Kanojia as Vice President, Manohar Lal as Joint Secretary and S. Inderjeet Singh as Cashier. S Harbhajan Singh Chawla remained in this office as President for five years continouslyafter every election. He worked very hard for the welfare of the association. His policy was to bring all the dry cleaners of Punjab together in order to make the association stronger. He arranged the quota permit of different items for the members in Punjab. He also helped for 33% reservation of M.T.O.(Mineral Turpentine Oil) for the Dry Cleaners. In 1975 S. Gurbachan Singh of A-one Dry Cleaners became the President of the association. In 1976 Sh Manohar Lal Chopra of Friends Dry Cleaners Jalandhar City became the President for two years. In 1978 S. Santokh Singh Ahluwalia of Ludhiana City was elected President He also worked very hard for the betterment of the association. The Haryana Dry Cleaners Association is the gift of Santokh Singh.He remained the President of the association for 4 years (from1978-1982).During this period the association has done several achievements.

OurĀ Annual Function

    • 13th annual function was held at Patiala City, in which there was a huge gathering. Sh. Ram Saroop Sharma president of Patiala unit welcomed the delegates. In this function the chief guest was S. Ajaib Singh Machaki, who helped the Punjab dry cleaners in getting electricity at cheaper cost which was a great achievement.
    • 14th annual function was held on 2-10-1983 at Jalandhar city .S. Vajinder Singh was elected as president for one year.
    • 15th annual function was held on 20-10-1984 in which S. Santokh Singh Ahluwalia was again elected as president.
    • 16th annual function was held at Ambala cantt. City on 6-10-1985. It was a combined function of Punjab and Haryana States. The lucky draw scheme for the delegates participating in the annual function was started which helped in the formation of funds for the union.
    • 17th annual function was held at Ludhiana city on 28-9-1986 under the president ship of S Santokh Singh Ahluwalia.
    • 18th annual function was held at Ludhiana city.Sh. Shiv Raj Chopra of Jalandhar was elected as president. In19th annual function Mr. Chopra was re-elected as president on 17-9-1989.
    • 20th annual function was held on 9-9-1990 at Ludhiana City. The Chief Guest was S. Tara Singh from Delhi. S. Santokh Singh Ahluwalia was re-elected as president after 5 years.
    • 21th annual function was held at Delhi city on 24-9-1991.Delegates from Punjab, Haryana,Delhi , Jammu & Kashmir states attended the function.
    • 22nd annual function was held at Jallandhar City on 13-9-1992 under the president ship of S. Santokh Singh
    • 23rd annual function was held on 10-10-1993 at Ludhiana City.
    • 24th annual function was held on 25-9-1994 at Jalandhar
    • 25th annual function was held at Ludhiana on 17-9-1995which was celebrated as silver jubilee
    • 26th annual function was held at Moga city on25-9-96
    • 27th annual function was held at S.A.S.Nagar (Mohali) on 28-9-1997.This function attracted the delegates from Punjab,Haryana,Himachal,Delhi, UttarPardesh, Rajisthan, Jammu&Kashmir. Leading drycleaning, finishing, laundry ,carpet cleaning machinery, solar water heating systems and other trade related product manufacturers were present with their products in different stalls. This function was really worth to attend.
    • 28th annual function was held at Ludhiana on 24-9-98 and it was also an example of unity.
    • 29th annual function was held at Jalandhar City and different manufacturers of machinery also participated.
    • 30th annual function of association is going to be held on 24-9-2000 at Holy City Amritsar. The association was formed in this city 37 years ago. The inaugural function of this web site and revised edition of directory of dry cleaners will also be released on this day.