“Not only the State Government, Central Govt. is also aware of the issue. Our father may not share with us about it but, whenever we see him & his colleagues strive for their pending salary, we emphasize with them.

Only a family whose earning member doesn’t get his salary for 16 months will know the pain they have to bear.”

… Uttering these words inside the Assam Legislative Assembly, a student Parishmita Buragohain, of the prestigious B. Boruah College broken down in front of the CM of Assam. Parishmita’s father was among those workers of Nagaon Paper Mill who is still striving for his pending salary even after his retirement from the Mill.

Eventually the Minister for Assam State Industries Mr. Chandra Mohan Patowary has proposed for clearing the due payment to the victims, alongside the repairment and equipment and shifting of the headquarters from Kolkata.

AASU Chief Advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya, President Dipanka Kumar Nath with general Secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi met Union Heavy Industries Minister Anant Gangaram Geete on opening of Nagaon, Cachar and Ashok Paper mills, in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The Centre today clarified that it is actively considering a proposal to hand over management of the Nagaon and Cachar paper mills to private sector. Union Minister for Heavy Industries Anant Geete. It is only after handing over of the management of the two mills to the privates sector that issues like revival and payment of salaries and wages will be taken up.

The Joint Action Committee of Unions of Cachar and Nagaon Paper Mills of Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited has opposed the Centre’s bid to privatise the two paper mills and threatened to intensify their agitation against the move.The office-bearers of the committee said that they had submitted their objection to the Secretary, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and the Principal Secretary to the PMO, but it was turned down with the Central government initiating the process for privatisation of these two paper mills.
Stating that any move to privatise the Cachar and Nagaon paper mills would be suicidal, they said the interests of the employees would not be protected under the privatisation scheme. They also urged upon all political parties to come forward to save the Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited from such anti-people step for greater interest of Assam.

Now the question is, 1) Why are these workers are opposing the decision of privatisation of Paper Mills?

2) What will be the consequence, if Government privatise these abandoned paper mills?

If the abandoned mills are reopened it will increase the productivity of the papers as well as it will generate a huge revenue for the state’s economy. It is a good side for the state’s economy.

But, the burning question is, If the government privatises these paper mills, they will deduct manual workers, instead they will install modern technology. For that reason the workers will lose their jobs and it will increase the unemployment rate of the state. If the workers are deducted from the paper mills, where will they go with their families? How will they survive? What will the government do for them??

Sources : Assam Tribune, The Hindu Business Line

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