Hundreds of vehicles stranded at Nagaland Gate and Tuli
No words received from HPC or the State Government
Will continue blockade until demands met, says workers union
Morung Express News
Mokokchung | August 11
A workers’ union of the Nagaland Pulp and Paper Company (NPPC) Ltd, Tuli began its indefinite blockade of National Higihway-61 at Tzudikong jurisdiction under Tuli subdivision after the deadline demanding release of their salaries and other issues ended on August 10, 2017.
The NPPC Ltd, Tuli workers’ union 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 Hindustan Paper Corporation units.
On July 28, it had cautioned that they would impose a blockade on the National Highway-61 unless their demands are not met by August 10, 2017.
However, with no response forthcoming from the Hindustan Paper Corporation (HPC) nor the State Government, hundreds of aggrieved employees of NPPC on Friday assembled at Tinali, Tzudikong and blockaded the NH-61 and prevented vehicles coming from Assam towards Mokokchung and vice versa.
Speaking to The Morung Express, NPPC Workers’ Union president Noklenlemba said the blockade was supported other organizations including Tuli Area Joint Council Forum, Tzudikong Adhoc Town Committee, Tuli Town Wards Union and Tzudikong Ao Students’ Union.
Executives of the Ao Students’ Conference (AKM) is also learnt to have had an interaction with the aggrieved workers and extended support to their demands. ADC Tuli, who also met with the executives of the NPPC Workers Union reportedly had expressed that their demands were indeed genuine.
Nevertheless, the ADC appealed the aggrieved NPPC employees to relax the blockade since it was the lifeline of districts including Mokokchung, Longleng and Tuensang and was already affecting hundreds.
Hundreds of vehicles are learnt to be stranded at Nagaland Gate, bordering Assam and at Tuli as a result of the blockade.
At the blockade site, NPPC employees shouted slogans against the apathy of the concerned authorities while students (children of the aggrieved employees) in uniform carried placards some of which read, “No salary, no education,” “Imagine no salary for ten months,” “Please pay my mum’s salary,” etc.
NPPC Workers’ Union president Noklenlemba said the blockade would continue until and unless representatives from the HPC arrive in person and negotiate to their demands. “So far no authority, either the HPC or the State Government have approached us to discuss on the issue,” the president informed.
The employees are agitated and slighted at the same time over the indifferent attitude of the concerned authorities. “We don’t even have any idea if the State Government has taken any initiative to address our grievances with the HPC,” the president informed.
At the time of filing this report, it is learnt that the NPPC Workers Union still stood by their resolve to continue the blockade on the highway until their demands are met. At present there are around 155 employees including officers under the NPPC Ltd, Tzudikong.
NPPC, a Joint Venture between Hindustan Paper Corpn Ltd (HPC) and Government of Nagaland was established in 1971, primarily to exploit the abundant bamboo resources in the state of Nagaland and for regional development.