Popular stand-up comedian Abhineet Mishra and an activist from the Northeastern(NE) state of Meghalaya has announced to lend a helping hand to the families of Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited(HPCL) in Assam which has been lying defunct since October 2015 and March 2017 respectively.
Mishra took to his Twitter handle to inform the same. He wrote that he will be performing in Guwahati this February and all the revenue collected from the show will go to the employees of HPCL.
“…..I will be performing in Guwahati on Feb 23. All proceeds from this show will go to the employees of HPCL. It will be a miniscule amount I know. But I need to do this. My Conscience is a prick. It won’t let me sleep otherwise……” a screengrab of his post read.
Mishra has been a strong advocate against racism faced by people of NE. He delivers some eye-opening comedy stints, posts on Facebook and videos that highlight the despair and prejudices faced by people of NE in the national capital and other states.
It may be mentioned that the Cachar Paper Mill at Panchgram in Hailakandi district and Nagaon Paper Mill at Jagiroad in Morigaon district, have been lying non-functional since October 2015 and March 2017.
Earlier, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries and MP from Dibrugarh Rameswar Teli had announced that the paper mills would start it’s operations very soon. A three-judge bench of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal on May 29th, 2019 had passed an order to make the Nagaon and Cachar paper mills functional.
On January 3rd, 2020 a video of a group of around 10-15 children of the Cachar Paper Mill employees venturing into the streets seeking a donation from shopkeepers, street vendors went viral on the internet.
Meanwhile, the Assam government has announced a one-time financial aid of Rs 1 lakh to the children of employees of two defunct paper mills pursuing medical and engineering courses. The students pursuing graduation will get Rs 50,000 and Rs 75,000 for students pursuing PhD. They can claim the money from January 14th, 2020 onwards through the online website of Assam government.
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