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DC meets staff of Cachar Paper Mill

By Correspondent

HAILAKANDI, Oct 5 - The Deputy Commissioner and Police Superintendent of Hailakandi district, Moloy Bora and Pranabjyoti Goswami respectively, held a meeting with agitating employees and workers of Hindustan Paper Corporation�s shut down Cachar Paper Mill at Panchgram on Tuesday and appealed to them to call off their agitational programmes.

In the course of the meeting which lasted for nearly two hours on the paper mill premises with the management, agitating employees� unions and different trade unions, Bora appealed to the employees not to resort to road blockade as it would put the commuters into inconvenience and throw life out of gear.

Bora said that he has been pursuing the matter for revival of the Cachar Paper Mill at different levels and that the Chief Minister has also been taking up the matter vigorously at the highest level.

The Deputy Commissioner also spoke to the CMD of Cachar Paper Mills, Sashi Kant Jain, and urged him to release at least two months� salary to the employees and wages to the contractual workers before the ensuing Durga Puja. Bora also asked the CMD to come down to Panchgram and engage in a meaningful dialogue with the striking employees to break the impasse.

SP Pranabjyoti Goswami also appealed to the agitating employees and workers as well as the trade unions backing them not to resort to NH blockade in the greater interest of the general public. Goswami asked them to exercise restraint and to help the administration in maintaining law and order.

The agitating employees and leaders of different trade unions, while appreciating the gesture of the administration to sort out the matter by holding talks with them, assured the DC and SP that they would not take law into their hands and they would hold peaceful demonstration on Wednesday.

They also urged the DC to ensure the Rs 48-crore transport subsidy to Cachar Paper Mills for reopening of the mill and immediate production. The DC assured them that he would take up the matter at the highest administrative level.

The meeting was also attended by ADC Ruth Lienthang, DGM (U) Mihir Baruah, DGM Jayanta Chakraborty, Senior Manager (HR) Arindam Roy of Cachar Paper Mills, president of CKKTSC (INTUC) Manobendra Chakraborty, general secretary of CKKTSC Motinuddin Barbhuiya and leaders representing CITU, INTUC, BMS, KKTSU, INTC and CKKTSC, among others.

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