JAGIROAD, July 16 � In a press release issued here, the general secretary of the Kagaj Nigam Karmi Union (KNKU), Ananda Bordoloi has informed that the controversial agreement between the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) and the M/S Hills Trade Agencies, Guwahati for extraction and supply of bamboo from the forests of the Karbi Anglong district has been scrapped after a resolution adopted in an executive committee meeting of the district council held on July 3 last.
�The District Council authority had earlier come to such an agreement with the private firm inspite of the smooth running of the 30-year long lease agreement executed between the Government of Assam, Karbi Anglong District Council (renamed as Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council) and Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited (HPCL) which was coming to an end on April, 2012�. Stating this, in the release, the general secretary of the KNKU expressed gratitude and congratulations to all those political and non-political organisations which had extended �their valuable support and co-operation in the KNKU�s agitations for an extension of the earlier agreement with the HPCL authorities on bamboo supply.
In the press release, the KNKU particularly expressed its gratitude to the organisations like AASU, AJYCP, Asom Unnati Sabha, KSA, AATSU, Gubha Deoraja, Aoitihashik Tiwa Raj Darbar, Bamboo Growers Association of Karbi Anglong, people from Karbi Anglong, All Bodo Students� Union of Morigaon, various local organisations and some renowned personalities from different fields.The release also thanked all the people who have came forward spontaneously to build up a democratic movement for extending the earlier bamboo agreement by withdrawing the controversial agreement with a private party.
In the release, the union hoped that with the decision for re-adopting the earlier bamboo deal,the HPC units in Assam could now hope for a fresh lease of life with adequate supply of bamboo from Karbi Anglong to the mills.