Hailankandi, March 15: Death tally raises upto 101 in the defunct paper mills of Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited in Assam. An employee of Cachar Paper Mill at Panchgram of Hailakandi district, Bazlul Hakim Laskar died on March 13 due to kidney failure. A resident of Hailakandi district, Laskar died at 63 years.
Manobendra Chakraborty, President, JACRU, Nagaon and Cachar Paper Mills, Assam said that Dthe death toll raised to 101 includes 4 committed suicides in HPC Paper Mills of Assam, (16th Death after new government in Assam came to power headed by Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma). A Government of India owned industries has turned to the Valley of Death as like as Holocaust, he lamented. The employees are not getting salaries from the last 62 months after both the mills became non functional and defunct and the government announced the auction of the mills.
On September 28, 2021 an agreement of Relief Package for rescue of workers arrived between Government of Assam and the representatives of workers under the leadership of chief minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, which has not been implement till date, they alleged.