At the time of formation of Gujarat State, in May 1960, there were only 3 Government Presses situated at Baroda, Rajkot and Bhavnagar. Two new preses,i.e. Government Central Press (Now at Gandhinagar) and Government Photolitho Press were started at Ahmedabad in June 1960 and 1963 respectively. In three presses at Baroda, Rajkot and Bhavnagar , most of the staff had been absorbed from the former state presses and retaining the old staffing pattern whereas in two new presses new staffing pattern was adopted with the result, at present large number of designations and categories of posts exist in this department. At present total number of different categories of posts are 111 with different 13 pay scales.
In respect of Central Press, Gandhinagar which was started after bifurcation, new staffing pattern was adopted on the basis of Government Central Press, Bombay and based on "Ibcom efficiency Expert Report" and also taking into consideration modernisation, nature of work handled and the machineries installed for handling all important and urgent work which are time bound jobs of Legislative Assembly, Secretariat and other Government departments.
This department is a service department and run on no profit no loss basis.
There are five government presses,four Book Depots and three stationery stores working under the Directorate of Printing and Stationery, Gandhinagar under the control of Industries and Mines Department, Gandhinagar
Government Central Press, Gandhinagar
Government Photo litho Press, Ahmedabad
Government Press and Stationery Depot, Vadodara
Government Printing Press and Stationery Depot, Rajkot