Guwahati, May 4, 2019
Former three-time Assam Chief Minister and the octogenarian Congress leader Tarun Gogoi on May 4th, 2019 slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government in the state for its failure to draw the attention of the Central government for revival of the Cachar and Nagaon Paper Mill.
Gogoi in his official Twitter handle stated, “It is unfortunate that Sarbanand Sonwal and Himanta Biswa Sarma has miserably failed to impress the Central government for its survival.”
“During our tenure, in spite of all difficulties, we didn’t allow the mills to stop operations. The Advantage Assam which was organised with fanfare was a Jumla,” Gogoi said.
It is unfortunate that @sarbanandsonwal & @himantabiswa has miserably failed to impress the Central Govt for its survival.During our tenure, inspite of all difficulties, we didn't allow the mills to stop operations.The Advantage Assam which was organised with fanfare was a Jumla. https://t.co/UXU5tQ9bqw
— Tarun Gogoi (@tarun_gogoi) May 4, 2019
Slamming the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government over the decision to close down both the paper mills, Gogoi stated in another tweet as: “The decision to close down the two prestigious paper mills of Assam – Cachar and Nagaon Paper Mills has indicated that the Modi government is not interested in the economic development of Assam. He only shed crocodile tears with fake promises of its revival.”
On May 2nd, 2019, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in New Delhi ordered the liquidation of the two paper mills under Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited in Assam, which has been non-functional for the past few years.
It may be mentioned that the Cachar Paper Mill and Nagaon Paper Mill have been non-functional since October 2015 and March 2017 respectively and the workers have not received their salaries for more than two years.
Cachar Paper Mill is located at Panchgram in Hailakandi district while the Nagaon mill is at Jagiroad in Morigaon district.