NH-61 BLOCKADE – Day II: NPPC Ltd workers’ union protest, trucks and goods remain stranded


Blockade to continue until HPC responds to their demands


Morung Express News
Dimapur | August 12


The indefinite blockade of National Highway-61 called by the Nagaland Pulp and Paper Company (NPPC) Ltd workers’ union continued for the second day at Tzudikong jurisdiction, Tuli subdivision under Mokokchung district on Saturday.


With no response coming from the management of the Hindustan Paper Corporation (HPC) or the Nagaland State Government even on Saturday on the demands made by the aggrieved employees, President of NPPC Ltd workers’ union, Noklenlemba informed The Morung Express that the blockade would continue until their demands were meet.


“We were hoping that authorities from the HPC and the Nagaland Government would turn up at least today to discuss/negotiate on our demands, but till now, no one has turned up,” an affronted Noklenlemba stated.


It should be mentioned that employees of the NPPC Ltd are demanding immediate commencement of rehabilitation works of NPPC Ltd; immediate release of salaries of the workers due since November, 2016; immediate release of gratuity and terminal benefits for dead and superannuated employees; and immediate implementation of the 2007 pay scale to the NPPC Ltd employees since the 2007 pay scale is being paid to the officers deputed to NPPC Ltd from other HPC units.


Except for vehicles from the medical, para military, press media and the district administration, no vehicles were allowed to pass as volunteers from the NPPC Ltd workers union blockaded the highway stretch at Tinali junction, just outside the entrance of the NPPC Ltd at Tzudikong.


Source from the Nagaland gate, bordering Assam informed that trucks and other commercial vehicles carrying essential commodities bound for Mokokchung and other districts remained stranded.


There is apprehension that if the indefinite blockade would continue, supply of essential commodities to Mokokchung town and other districts including Longleng and Tuensang would be severely affected since the condition of the other alternate route from Mariani in Assam via Changki is in a deteriorating condition.


“We will continue the indefinite blockade of the NH-61 until the concerned authorities hear our voices and come to the table to negotiate,” the NPPC Ltd workers’ union President informed.