In a major relief for the Cachar Paper Mill’s workers, the Delhi High Court has ordered the Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited, a Public Sector Enterprise of the Central Government, to release immediately owed money to the workers. It has been alleged that the Cachar Paper Mill workers along with their counterparts of the Nagaon Paper Mill, both are under the HPCL, are yet to receive their dues after the closure of the Mills. As per reports, the Delhi High Court, on Friday, ordered the Paper Mill authority to immediately release the dues to the workers, hearing a petition filed by a retired employee. Mohan Josowa, who filed the petition before the High Court, passed away on Thursday. The HC directed that the 20% of HPCL’s workers’ provident fund (PF) should be released within one week. The High Court also directed the HPCL liquidator and the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation to disburse Rs 160 crore i.e. the remaining PF amount, at the earliest.
The HPCL had closed the Nagaon Paper Mill on March 13, 2017 and the Cachar Paper Mill on October 15, 2015 without serving any notice. While the employees of the Nagaon Paper Mill are yet to receive salary for 37 months, the Cachar Paper Mills workers have not been paid for 39 months.