Silchar: Rupam Nandi Purkayastha of All Cachar Karimganj Hailakandi Students’ Association (ACKHSA), has urged upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal to take some concrete steps and remedial measures for revival of Panchgram Paper Mill, affiliated to Hindustan Paper Corporation (HPC). Addressing mediapersons at a press-meet held at the meeting hall of Madhaya Sahar Sanskritik Samiti, here on Wednesday, Rupam Nandi Purkayastha said that lives of the employees of the HPC paper mill as well as their family members are at stake and that the Centre should come forward for extending his helping hands.
“The employees are on the verge of starvation. They have not got salary or any other allowance for the last 25 months. This is unbelievable and unfathomable. How will they survive? Financial crunch and problems should be addressed at the earliest. In spite of repeated assurances both from the centre and the state, nothing positive has been achieved and there seems to be no concrete plan for the revival of these two paper mills. We demand that the ongoing CBI inquiry should not be stopped. No political power or influence or pressure should be exercised to stop the proceedings,” Rupam Nandi added to say.
Rupam Nandi further said, “Scandals and controversies have engulfed the issue. HPC Paper Mill has always been discussed; even protest rallies and movements have also been taken out. But nothing has been done yet in this regard. The way Manobendra Chakraborty of INTUC is keeping mum regarding the various allegations and complaints, people are growing more and more suspicious. Why has he not filed a PIL till now? It is not easy to befool the people of Barak Valley. Moreover, Sanjeev Roy of HPC paper mill revival action committee has been seen speaking on behalf of Manobendra Chakraborty. Why is Manobendra Chakraborty silent?
Rupam Nandi said that ACKHSA is sure that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is soon going to be passed and that there are no more hurdles on its way. “The way people of this state have supported BJP in the recently concluded Panchayat polls, I do not think the passage of the Bill will be a problematic one. AASU, AGP and some others are there who are vehemently speaking against the Bill,” said Rupam Nandi. He also said that ACKHSA would submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the revival of HPC Paper Mill. “ACKHSA is certainly opposing Manobendra Chakraborty’s way and procedure of protest, demonstration and movement,” he added to say.