HPCL paper mills: State cabinet approves additional Rs 126.75 crore as relief to staff

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Earlier, in the month of May 2022, the Assam Cabinet had approved the release of Rs 308.75 crore as part of a relief package to the employees
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Guwahati: Assam cabinet on Saturday approved the release of additional Rs 126.75 crore for the implementation of a relief package for ex-employees and ex-workers of Nagaon Paper Mill and Cachar Paper Mill of Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited (HPCL).

Earlier, in the month of May 2022, the Assam Cabinet had approved the release of Rs 308.75 crore as part of a relief package to the employees of two non-functional paper mills in the state.

Last year, the state government offered a relief package of Rs 570 crore to the two mills, which includes settlement of various outstanding dues of employees and workers of Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited’s assets. The package was then approved by the state Cabinet in September of last year.

However, the payment was not cleared. After a Cabinet meeting in Guwahati earlier this year, minister Pijush Hazarika stated that the state government had allocated an amount of Rs 375 crore for participating in the bidding to take over assets of the Cachar and Nagaon paper mills and a leasehold land of the HPC in Haflong. The minister also said the dues of the mills’ employees would be cleared within three months.

Notably, the state government had on March 28, 2022, taken over the assets of Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited (HPCL) paper mills at Jagiroad and Panchgram.

The Cachar Paper Mill at Panchgram in Hailakandi district and Nagaon Paper Mill at Jagiroad in Morigaon have been non-functional since October 2015 and March 2017 respectively.

Employees of the mills have not been paid salaries for the past 63 months even as 106 workers have so far lost their lives, many of them unable to bear the rising cost of medical treatment.

Also Read: Assam Govt sanctions Rs 375 crore to participate in bidding for taking over assets of HPCL paper mills

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