Silchar, Sep 13: At a time when the State Government has announced that it is ready to release approximately Rs 650 crores for remitting the pending dues the employees of the closed paper mills under Hindustan Paper Corporation in the state, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) working president and North Karimganj legislator Kamalakshya Dey Purakayastha has slammed the State Government alleging that the poor policies of the Government led to the fate of the mills in Cachar and Nagon districts.
Addressing workers meeting here at the Rajiv Bhawan on Sunday in the presence of APCC president Bhupen Bora and other leaders, Kamalakshya said, " the BJP led Government showered promises of reviving the mills. Once they said, Rs 600 crore will be needed to reopen the mills, again we were told Rs 700 to Rs 1900 crores will be needed for resuming production in the mills. But now, the Government announced that Rs 650 crore will be released to remit the dues of the employees. This reflects that the Government, both at the centre and in the state is largely inefficient and lacks the vision and policies which is why we lost an invaluable asset which housed lakhs of employees over the years."
Commenting on the status of the Indian economy, the APCC working president alleged, " the country has no capital expenditure now, only revenue expenditure. There is absolutely no step taken for creating jobs for the large pool of unemployed youth. Also, the Government has disappointed the people in terms of creating new industrial avenues. When the BJP leaders claimed that they do not preach or practise the politics of distributing Suta Kombol, (threads and blankets) we thought, there would be efforts to invest for industries in the state. We condemn the stance of the Government and urge the Congress workers to give their best efforts as a cohesive unit in the days ahead."
Interestingly, Kamalakhshya claimed that since the day former Silchar MP Sushmita Dev quit the party, there has been a fresh lease and more people have joined hands with Congress.