Assam paper mill case: NCLT defers hearing date yet again

The Cachar Paper Mill at Panchgram in Hailakandi district and Nagaon Paper Mill at Jagiroad in Morigaon are units of Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited (HPCL) and have been non-functional since October 2015 and March 2017, respectively.
Assam paper mill case: NCLT defers hearing date yet again

GUWAHATI:

The Delhi bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Friday has yet again rescheduled the date of hearing regarding the two non-functional Nagaon and Cachar paper mills in Assam to March 5, 2021.

Manobendra Chakraborty, President of the Joint Action Committee of Recognised Unions (JACRU) of the two paper mills, informed on Friday evening that the NCLT has disregarded the January 22, 2021 order of the Delhi High Court directing the tribunal not to defer the hearing of the paper mills’ case.

“The high court order (paragraph 5, clause {i}) on January 22 clearly stated that the NCLT should process the case and next date of hearing before the concerned bench on February 9, 2021, and the concerned bench is required to take up this matter on that day and pass suitable order. However, two more hearing dates since then, on February 9 and today, have been rescheduled,” Chakraborty said.

The JACRU president slammed the government and the NCLT, lamenting that 81 employees of the two mills have lost their lives, four of them by suicide and the rest after being unable to pay for medical treatment.

“Yet the powers that be are least concerned about the plight of the employees who have not received their salaries for about four years now. No one has come to take stock of our situation… why such apathy for Assam and its assets?” he asked.

The Cachar Paper Mill at Panchgram in Hailakandi district and Nagaon Paper Mill at Jagiroad in Morigaon are units of Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited (HPCL) and have been non-functional since October 2015 and March 2017, respectively.

“We, therefore, plead yet again… save our staff members or else many more will lose their lives,” Chakraborty said.

(Edited by Laxmi Chyrmang)

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