Protests and an appeal against the sale of two Assam paper mills are intensifying. Protests and appeals against the sale of two paper mills held by the government-run Hindustan Paper Corporation Ltd (HPCL) have been growing in Assam. Which BJP governs it.
The main Opposition Congress, the Raijor Dal led by imprisoned MLA Akhil Gogoi. The Assam Jatiya Parishad. The Joint Action Committee of Recognized Unions (JACRU), and a number of other organizations and individuals have urged the Centre and Assam governments to halt the sale of the HPCL’s two defunct paper mills.
Ripun Bora, Assam Congress President, stated in separate letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma that a suitable revival package can be prepared to protect the two paper mills and their employees following the Kerala government’s acquisition of Hindustan News Print Ltd, a subsidiary of HPCL.
Bora, a Rajya Sabha member, wrote to the Prime Minister. “I believe it is unnecessary to remind you of your repeated promises during several election campaigning meetings in Assam in 2014, 2016, 2019, and even 2021. That is to resuscitate the two paper mills by special economic packages.”
Cachar Paper Mill (CPM) in Hailakandi district ceased operations on October 20, 2015. While the Nagaon Paper Mill (NPM) in Jagiroad, Morigaon, has been closed since March 13, 2017. Over 2,500 workers at both companies have been without pay for more than four years.
Lurinjyoti Gogoi, president of the AJP (a regional party). Said that the party will begin an internet petition gathering signatures against the sale of the two critical paper mills.
Assam paper Mill
Referring to the Prime Minister’s 2014 commitment to resurrecting the two plants. Gogoi said that the two plants are are pride of Assam. Provide direct and indirect employment to thousands of people, and have emotional importance for the state’s people.
Sushmita Dev, head of the Mahila Congress. Who wrote to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma requesting that he halt the sale of two significant paper mills.
“Kerala government acquired Hindustan Newsprint Ltd’s Kottayam plant. Additionally, your government recently authorized the largest-ever investment of almost Rs 2,000 crore. That is to increase Assam’s shareholding in the Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) in Golaghat from 12.5 to 26 percent.
I hope the Assam government demonstrates the same attitude and rescues the two paper mills and protects the workers’ interests from being sold off for a pittance of Rs 1,100 odd crore “‘ She said.
Dev observed that the CPM at Panchgram is the sole public sector enterprise in Assam’s Barak valley. And Modi has consistently said that these businesses would be restored for the better sake of the state.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other federal ministers and BJP leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to saving the two mills during the last Assembly election, she noted.
Assam Paper Mill
“More importantly, the BJP’s election program included a vow to reopen the NPM. But there was no mention of the CPM,” Dev added.
The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has granted HPCL permission to conduct an electronic auction of the two paper mills on June 30.
The JACRU has been campaigning to resurrect the two paper mills and has been outspoken in its opposition to their sale.
Manobendra Chakraborty, President of the JACRU, said that the combined worth of the two mills will be at least Rs 5,000 crore. Also despite the fact that the reserve price for the e-auction has been set at a pitiful ARs 1,139 crore.
Additionally, the two paper mills own nearly 2000 acres of immovable property.
“The NCLT requested that the HPCL begin operations at the two paper mills. However, the NCLT strangely reversed their ruling “‘He said.
According to the JACRU, 88 impoverished employees at the two mills have died in the last 54 months. Which four of them by suicide.