|Revive paper mills, Ripun urges Centre|
NEW DELHI, Sept 15 - Congress Rajya Sabha member Ripun Bora on Tuesday urged the Centre to immediately revive the two paper mills in Assam in keeping with the assurance given by the government.
Making a special mention in Rajya Sabha, Bora said the two paper mills located at Jagiroad and Panchgram were earning profits. However, both the paper mills started incurring losses since 2014 and in 2016, they were closed down.
Since then, both the State government and the Centre have been giving assurance of a special package for revival of the two mills but till date nothing has happened. The employees have not been getting salaries and at least 70 employees have died for want of medicine, while three employees have committed suicide.
Apart from the employees, around two lakh people, who are directly or indirectly engaged in activities of the paper mills, have also been hit hard. On the other hand, bamboo farmers who were dependent on the two mills have also been affected, Bora said.