Agartala: Workers and employees of the Tripura Jute Mill organised a sit-in protest demanding wages and pensions as per the Court order.

“There is only one jute mill in the state of Tripura. The jute mill, run by a state-controlled agency, has been running at a loss for years. The allegation is that workers who have been working in the jute mill for many years and retired employees are being paid very little,” the Joint movement committee of Tripura Jute Mill Workers and Pensioners said.

They also said that the mill workers and retired employees have been protesting for a long time.

The state government had approached both the High Court and the Supreme Court on grounds that the state government would not be able to meet workers’ demands. However, both the courts rejected the state government’s application and directed the state to pay their due wages.

However, the Tripura government said their financial resources are not good, so they cannot pay the salary allowance in compliance with the court’s ruling.

The workers have expressed outrage over the state government’s decision. The Joint Movement Committee of Tripura Jute Mill Workers and Pensioners staged a protest in front of the main gate of Agartala Tripura Jute Mill on Saturday, demanding payment of their dues.

They stood in front of the main gate of the jute mill and observed the protest program. The leaders informed that in the coming days, they would place a deputation and hold movements until their demands are accepted by the state government.

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