The bankruptcy trustee of the central PSU Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited (HPCL) has issued eviction notices to 900 employees of the two defunct paper mills in Assam, asking them to vacate their official quarters within 15 days from September 3 to allow the sale of the physical assets of the units to facilitate .
The notices to employees of Nagaon Paper Mills and Cachar Paper Mills in the Barak Valley region of the state, who reside in quarters, were issued by HPCL liquidator Kuldeep Verma and made available to the media today.
A prominent mill union leader claimed that the staff have not paid their dues in the past 56 months, 93 of them have died during the period due to lack of proper treatment and the rooms will have to be cleared “over their dead bodies” . “.
All such notices must “vacate the accommodation/rooms they occupied within 15 days by handing over empty, physical and peaceful property to the liquidator through authorized representatives posted thereto, failing which legal action will be taken to recover the vacant possession of the accommodation/rooms.” stay,” the statement read.
Mr Verma states in the report that to facilitate the sale of the paper mills and to realize a maximum value, it is necessary for the liquidator to empty the land offered for sale in liquidation.
The notice was sent to all residents individually and also to all workers’ associations and unions of the defunct paper mills.
Cachar Paper Mill in Panchgram in Hailakandi District and Nagaon Paper Mill in Jagiroad in Morigaon District have been decommissioned since October 2015 and March 2017 respectively.
The chairman of the Joint Action Committee of recognized unions of both Nagaon and Cachar Mills, Manabendra Chakraborty, said the quarters will be cleared “over the corpses of the workers”.
“The workers have not paid their dues for the past 56 months, so far 93 people have died due to lack of proper treatment, including four who died by suicide. Now they are being asked to leave the quarters, which is not only illegal, but also a serious violation of human rights,” he said.
He appealed to Prime Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to do justice to the workers who have suffered immensely for more than four years.
Mr Chakraborty urged both the state and central government to fulfill their obligations and release all legal obligations of the workers and save the lives of the remaining workers.
In the two factories there are about 3,600 workers, 24,000 contract workers and more than two lakh suppliers and contractors, the union leader said.
The BJP government had promised to revive the paper mills since Sarbananda Sonowal became prime minister in 2016, and even during campaigns in this year’s election polls, the party had assured people that steps will be taken to revive the mills. to blow.
The National Company Law Tribunal, after several rounds of meetings between all stakeholders and a number of hearings, had ordered the liquidator on April 26 to sell all assets of the two closed paper mills of the HPCL in accordance with the decision of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) .
Accordingly, the liquidator Kuldeep Verma issued advertisements on June 1, soliciting bids for the e-auction at a minimum price of Rs 1,139 crore, but there were no bidders until the last date on June 15.
Subsequently, on June 22, a new auction notice for the sale of the two mills was issued by the liquidator at a minimum price of Rs 969 crore, Rs 170 crore lower than the previous price.
Opposition parties Congress, AIUDF and Assam Jatiya Parishad had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Secretary of State to intervene and ensure that the paper mills are not auctioned, but steps are taken to revive them.
Assam Pradesh Congress Committee President Bhupen Kumar Bora today established a Hindustan Paper Corporation Employees Redressal Committee (Nagaon and Cachar), led by Nagaon Lok Sabha MP Pradyut Bordoloi, to urgently investigate the “autocratic order” to leave the workers’ residential areas .
The eight-member committee, which also includes MLAs Kamalakhya Dey Purukayastha, Jakir Hussain Sikdar and Sashikanta Das, will also investigate other grievances and issues faced by workers since the factories closed, APCC secretary general and party spokesman Bobbeeta Sharma said.