Silchar: Rupam Nandi Purkayastha of All Cachar Karimganj Hailakandi Students’ Association (ACKHSA), has urged upon all to cast their precious votes in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on April 18. Addressing mediapersons at a press-meet held in Silchar on Sunday, he said, “Voting is our right and we should exercise it. However, there are some issues and concerns which are to be resolved yet. Way back in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured that concrete steps and remedial measures would be taken up for the Panchgram Paper Mill, affiliated to Hindustan Paper Corporation (HPC). Till date, 51 employees of Panchgram and Nagaon paper mills have succumbed to death. Lives of the employees of the HPC paper mill as well as their family members are at stake,” said Rupam Nandi Purkayastha.
Rupam Nandi Purkayastha further said, “The employees are on the verge of starvation. They have not got salary or any other allowance for the last 27 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. A CBI inquiry was also initiated which yielded results. But, all of a sudden, it was stopped. Narendra Modi also promised that around 32000 big and small enterprises would be initiated here. The detention camps are still there. The remaining portion (32 kms) of the Mahasadak is yet to be constructed,” he added to say. Scams and scandals have marred the entire scenario of the political system of this place. I urge upon the aspirants MPs, the would be winners, to say something about the revival of the mills.”
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