Nagaon Paper Mill in Jagiroad, Assam Credit: File image

Guwahati: The HPC Paper Mills Revival Action Committee on Wednesday decided to reinforce its agitation against the management of Hindustan Paper Corporation (HPC) over non-payment of salaries, among other issues.

While holding a press conference in Guwahati, anguished workers of the two paper mills located at Cachar and Jagiroad said that the Central government was “torturing the people of Assam”.

“They have not paid the provident fund money, pension amount, gratuity to the authorities. The workers are retiring without getting a single penny for their work. The current government at the Centre as well as the state is squeezing the blood of the working-class people. They are ruling us like an autocratic government,” said Manobendra Chakraborty, convenor of the committee.

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Production at the Cachar and Jagiroad paper mills has been suspended since October 2016 and March 2017, respectively. Over 51 workers have reportedly died after the mills ceased functioning.

Families of staffers have been suffering because of non-payment of salaries. The government, too, taking no initiative to resolve the issue, employees said.

“There is nothing left for survival. Every day, some people are dying. The government is giving false assurances. It’s time to give them a befitting reply to the government,” added Chakraborty.

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