Corruption in Hindustan Paper Corporation Ltd
GUWAHATI: The Joint Action Committee of Recognized Unions (JACRU) of the Nagaon and Cachar Paper Mills has sought the intervention of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to punish all those involved in the alleged corruption and mismanagement in Hindustan Paper Corporation Ltd.
In the memorandum, JACRU president Manobendra Chakraborty stated that Cachar Paper Mill of the Hindustan Paper Corporation Ltd was the lone heavy paper industry of Barak Valley. Lakhs of families were dependent on the paper mill for their livelihood. But production in Cachar Paper Mill was suspended without any notice on October 20, 2015 and the paper mill is now defunct.
The memorandum further stated that the suspension of production and insolvency proceedings were due to rampant corruption and mismanagement by the authorities involved in Hindustan Paper Corporation Ltd. Manobendra Chakraborty said that JACRU had protested at appropriate forums but no suitable action was taken to protect the paper mill or to punish the corrupt people. The Government of India stopped disbursing wages of the workers and employees since January 2017. As a result of non-payment of wages, as many as 113 workers died and four among them had committed suicide till date.
He said that Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma declared a relief package for the workers on 7.7.2022 but the relief package does not ensure settlement of all claims and cannot reverse irreparable damages already caused. He added that the CBI, Anti-Corruption Bureau lodged an FIR on 4.3.2020 but besides this, no further action has been taken to satisfy the people.
The JACRU urged the Union Home Minister to take stern punishment, including attachment of all movable and immovable properties, of the people involved in the corruption and to compensate damages caused to Hindustan Paper Corporation Ltd. The JACRU also demanded immediate exemplary action against all whose names had been mentioned in the FIR lodged by the CBI.
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