GUWAHATI, May 16 - Supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s call for an �Atmanirbhar Bharat� or self-reliant India, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora has urged the Centre to take steps for reviving the Nagaon and Cachar paper mills and said that such a step will not only boost the State to be self-reliant but also help employees save jobs.
�I strongly support your appeal to the people of India in your address to the nation on May 12 to be self-reliant, to consume and use Indian goods. This has encouraged all of us. Under this backdrop, I want to draw your attention that despite the �Make in India� slogan and your election promise in Assam to revive the two public sector undertaking paper mills, namely, Panchgram Paper Mill (Cachar) and Nagaon Paper Mill, (they) were closed down. Now thousands of employees (and) their families are passing sleepless nights with untold sufferings,� Bora stated in a letter to Modi.
Bora stated that Modi has urged people to become self-reliant and to use and consume Indian products as part of the strategy to revive the country�s economy which has been badly affected on account of the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdown.
�I urge you as a part of your vision to restart the two paper mills of Assam so that we can be self-reliant. We can produce paper locally and at the same time save thousands of employees and their families,� Bora added.