NPPC Ltd Tuli workers union threaten Highway blockade over unpaid salary



DIMAPUR, JULY 28 (MExN): The Nagaland Pulp and Paper Company (NPPC) Ltd, Tuli Workers’ Union has cautioned that they would impose a blockade on the National Highway-61 unless their demands on unpaid salary are met.


A press note from the union informed that workers of the NPPC Ltd, Tuli have not been paid their salaries since the month of November, 2016. It added that the workers’ union had pleaded verbally as well as through representations to all authorities concerned for release of salaries “but the same has failed to invoke any response.”


It further said that in 2007, Rs 552.44 Cr was sanctioned for the revival of the mill, out of which Rs 54.60 Crore was released in the first phase of the revival scheme.


“But due to diversion of the funds, the rehabilitation works were suspended and finally stopped. Thereafter a new Detailed Project Report of Rs 679 Crore was sanctioned by the Government of India for the revival of the NPPC Ltd in the month of June 2013. Out of the said sanction, Rs 100 Crore was released on September 19, 2013 for speedy revival of the mill. Pursuant thereto, the rehabilitation works commenced in the month of December, 2013 but again the revival work has been suspended since the month of September 2015,” it added.


The union lamented that despite repeated requests for recommencement of the rehabilitation works and for payment of salaries, “the authorities concerned have turned a deaf ear.”


It demanded 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.


Failure to meet these demands by August 10, the union cautioned that it would impose a blockade on NH-61 at Tzudikong (Paper Mill) area from 5:00am on August 11 for an indefinite period.


It meanwhile informed that the Chairman cum Managing Director of the Hindustan Paper Corporation has been “clearly communicated on the aforesaid demands and also the proposed blockade by the worker’s union.”