Guwahati: The Assam Government on Wednesday reached an agreement with the JACRU to resolve the pending salaries issues of the employees and workers of the Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited (HPCL).
The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma at his office which lasted for over four hours.
A Relief Package of around Rs 570 crores shall be disbursed within Two months on approval of Proposal by NCLT submitted by Govt of Assam.
The decision of providing a Rs 570 crores relief package for the paper mill employees came after chief minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sharma and the paper mill employees’ association reached an agreement.
Taking to Twitter CM Sarma wrote, “Finally reached agreement with the workers and employees of Hindustan Paper Corporation to resolve long pending issues of their salaries and dues. Discussion lasted over 4 hours in my office and concluded at 2AM/”
Finally reached agreement with the workers and employees of Hindustan Paper Corporation to resolve long pending issues of their salaries and dues.Discussion lasted over 4 hours in my office and concluded at 2 AM. Back to home now. Will leave for north Assam tour at 8 AM
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) September 28, 2021
Speaking to the media, the Joint Action Committee of Recognised Unions (JACRU) conveyed heartfelt gratitude to the chief minister for extending a relief package of around Rs 570 crores to the workers and employees.
In the agreement it was mentioned that permanent Employments for 100 workers & employees in State Government entities be given through Special Recruitment Drive, over & above All the Doctors, AMN and other paramedical staff will be given employment. The Relief package so offered shall not prejudice the Claims of Workers in legal cases pending at various courts.
It is to be noted that the Assets of HPC will remain with the Government of Assam.
The government has also promised to clear PF, gratuity and pension money of HPC employees once they vacate their official residence as per notice served by the liquidator.
For the last few years, Cachar and Nagaon paper mills have been non-functional.
The employees of the two paper mills are yet to receive salaries for at least 55 months.