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State Govt asked to improve paper mills

By Staff Reporter

JAGIROAD, June 4 � Making a strong pitch for full-capacity utilisation of the two paper manufacturing units of the Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited located at Jagiroad (Nagaon) and Cachar, the Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, A Sai Prathap on Friday urged the State Government to play a proactive role in addressing the shortage of raw materials for the two paper mills.

Both the paper mills have been hit hard by the worsening shortage of bamboo fibre � a major raw material � for several years now. The raw materials comprise 40 per cent bamboo and wood, 30 per cent recycled stuff, and 30 per cent agricultural waste.

�Both the paper mills were once doing well but unfortunately dearth of raw materials has adversely affected both. Both have full-capacity utilization of 1 lakh tonne each but that has not been achieved for quite a while now,� Prathap told the media after he had an inspection of the Nagaon Paper Mill campus at Jagiroad.

Revealing that he had taken up the matter with the State Government, Prathap said that he personally requested Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to provide some wasteland for growing bamboo.

�In addition, I have also requested the Chief Minister to facilitate clearance of a minimum of 10,000 acres of forestland for bamboo plantation to augment the raw material source and meet the shortage,� he added.

Giving an account of the measures on the anvil to improve the functioning of the two paper mills, the minister said that the agenda included import of new machinery for technological upgrade.

�Our thrust is on bringing in the required technological intervention so that there is never any compromise on the qualitative as well as quantitative standards,� Prathap said.

The minister said that during his meeting with the Chief Minister he requested the latter to exempt the mills from entry tax and agricultural cess. He added that for smooth supply of bamboo raw materials, a bamboo corporation was also being mooted.

�The Central ministry will extend allpossible help for proper functioning of the paper mills. We also expect the State Government to play its role in this regard,� Prathap said.

Replying to a query, Prathap said that the ministry had no plan to shift the HPCL headquarters to Assam from its present Kolkata office.

The minister also stressed the need for improving the overall industrial infrastructure including road connectivity, power, etc., in the State for ensuring a conducive atmosphere for rapid industrial development.

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JAGIROAD, June 4 � Making a strong pitch for full-capacity utilisation of the two paper manufacturing units of the Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited located at Jagiroad (Nagaon) and Cachar, the Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, A Sai Prathap on Friday urged the State Government to play a proactive role in addressing the shortage of raw materials for the two paper mills.

Both the paper mills have been hit hard by the worsening shortage of bamboo fibre � a major raw material � for several years now. The raw materials comprise 40 per cent bamboo and wood, 30 per cent recycled stuff, and 30 per cent agricultural waste.

�Both the paper mills were once doing well but unfortunately dearth of raw materials has adversely affected both. Both have full-capacity utilization of 1 lakh tonne each but that has not been achieved for quite a while now,� Prathap told the media after he had an inspection of the Nagaon Paper Mill campus at Jagiroad.

Revealing that he had taken up the matter with the State Government, Prathap said that he personally requested Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to provide some wasteland for growing bamboo.

�In addition, I have also requested the Chief Minister to facilitate clearance of a minimum of 10,000 acres of forestland for bamboo plantation to augment the raw material source and meet the shortage,� he added.

Giving an account of the measures on the anvil to improve the functioning of the two paper mills, the minister said that the agenda included import of new machinery for technological upgrade.

�Our thrust is on bringing in the required technological intervention so that there is never any compromise on the qualitative as well as quantitative standards,� Prathap said.

The minister said that during his meeting with the Chief Minister he requested the latter to exempt the mills from entry tax and agricultural cess. He added that for smooth supply of bamboo raw materials, a bamboo corporation was also being mooted.

�The Central ministry will extend allpossible help for proper functioning of the paper mills. We also expect the State Government to play its role in this regard,� Prathap said.

Replying to a query, Prathap said that the ministry had no plan to shift the HPCL headquarters to Assam from its present Kolkata office.

The minister also stressed the need for improving the overall industrial infrastructure including road connectivity, power, etc., in the State for ensuring a conducive atmosphere for rapid industrial development.

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