Assam govt ready to release Rs. 650 crore for paper mill workers: Pijush Hazarika


Guwahati: Pijush Hazarika, Minister of Information & Public Relation, has asserted today that the government is keen to rescue and establish the employees of two closed paper mills of the Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited (HPCL) in Nagaon and Cachar.

Speaking to the media Minister Pijush Hazarika said, “Several unions associated with the two paper mills have held four meetings with Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in the last 100 days. Employees’ Union comprising of Officers’ Union have demanded Rs. 530 crore from the liquidator along with a few other additional charges which will round up to Rs. 650 crore approximately. The Assam Government is ready to pay that amount within a week. Our only demand is to return the land to the Assam Government”.

“Above that former employees of these two paper mills will be provided with 100 government jobs by the Assam Government, if only they are competent”, Hazarika added.

Hazarika’s clarification came after an eviction notice was served by the liquidator to the Cachar and Nagaon Paper Mill employees to vacate their accommodation/quarters within 15 days or face legal action otherwise.