A three-judge bench of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) on May 29th, 2019 ordered to make the Nagaon and Cachar paper mills functional, which have been non-functional since March 2017 and October 2015 respectively.
The order copy is expected to out on May 30th, 2019.
Speaking to TIME8 from New Delhi over telephone, Manobendra Chakraborty, president of Cachar Paper Project Workers’ Union, an Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) affiliated union, said, “The tribunal’s order to make both the paper mills functional has unequivocally brought a ray of hope to the families suffered due to non-functioning of the mills and also to the industrial sector of the state.” Expressing his happiness at the tribunal’s order, he said, “Justice is still alive in India.”
“Altogether 55 employees committed suicide since the mills became non-functional,” Chakraborty said.
Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government in the state and also the previous NDA government at the centre for their delinquency for the revival of the paper mills, he said, “It would be unfortunate to see if the government tries to take credit now.”
He also informed that the tribunal ordered the government not to terminate any employees of the paper mills.
Chakraborty informed TIME8 that the Cachar Paper Project Workers’ Union had filed a petition related to the liquidation of the paper mills on May 27th, 2019.
On April 29th, 2019, Biswajit Mazumdar (55), an employee of Nagaon Paper Mill, was found hanging in his official quarters. Later, police recovered a suicide note, purportedly written by him, which stated as: “I quit. GOI (Government of India) is responsible for my death.”