Assam Govt Reaches Agreement With HPCL Staff To Resolve Pending Salaries, Dues

GUWAHATI: Assam government on Wednesday reached an agreement with the employees and workers of Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited (HPCL) to resolve the issues of pending salaries and dues, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said after holding a meeting with the employees and workers of HPCL.

The meeting held at chief minister’s office.

“Finally reached agreement with the workers and employees of Hindustan Paper Corporation to resolve long pending issues of their salaries and dues. Discussion lasted over 4 hours in my office and concluded at 2AM,” the chief minister said in a tweet on Wednesday.

The two HPCL paper mills, Cacher Paper Mill at Pachgram in Hailakandi district and Nagaon Paper Mill at Jagiroad in Morigaon district have been non-functional since October 2015 and March 2017 respectively. The employees and workers of the two mills are yet to receive salaries for at least 55 months.

A relief package of around Rs 570 crore will be disbursed within two months on approval of proposal by National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) submitted by the state government.

The Joint Action Committee of Recognised Unions (JACRU) conveyed heartfelt gratitude to the chief minister for extending a relief package of around Rs 570 crore to the workers and employees.

In the agreement it was mentioned that permanent Employments for 100 workers & employees in state government entities be given through special recruitment drive, over & above All the Doctors, AMN and other paramedical staff will be given employment.

The relief package so offered shall not prejudice the Claims of Workers in legal cases pending at various courts.

The assets of HPC will remain with the Assam government.

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