President Kovind intervenes to re-open paper mills in Cachar and Nagaon

The Presidential Secretariat in a letter, responding to a recent memorandum submitted by joint action committee of recognized unions of Cachar paper mills and Nagaon paper mills, both owned by the state-run Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited has asked the secretary to the department of public enterprise to take action immediately so as to ensure the reopening of these paper mills as well as clear the dues of the workers.

Also, according to the memorandum submitted to the President, it stated that the Chachar paper mill has remained closed since October 2015 and the Nagaon paper mill since March 2017 which left at least 2 lakh workers unemployed, leaving the state’s rural economy in ruins.

The memorandum also said that the workers and employees have been deprived of their salaries and statutory dues. It added that despite PM Modi’s commitment to re-open these mills, the matter has remained unresolved owing to the lack of decision making on the part of the union govt.

“The unions hope that since the govt is duty bound to honor the directives of Rashtrapati Bhawan, It will act promptly to save the industries and the affected people who are on the brink of starvation due to non-payment of dues. They have also been compelled to seek permission from the President to commit suicide if the crisis is not resolved’, said Manobendra Chakraborty, president of the INTUC-affiliated Cachar paper mill workers union.

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