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MCCI visits Tuli Paper Mill; demands inquiry

A bird’s eye view of the Tuli Paper Mill
Correspondent Tzudikong (Papernagar), Mokokchung, Oct 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Oct. 2009 12:18 AM IST
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Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MCCI) Monday visited Tuli and submitted an appeal addressed to the Minister, Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Govt. of India New Delhi through the ADC Tuli regarding the revival project of Nagaland Pulp and Paper Co. Ltd. In the memorandum, the MCCI stated that physical works such as –land development and structure work (Rs.2.09 crore); repairs and maintenance of existing plant and machinery (Rs.19 lakhs) and repairs and maintenance (Rs. 17 lakhs) which formed the core for revival, were hardly one percent while the rest went towards other expenses such as technical fee (Rs. 11 crore), employee related expenses (Rs.12 crore, outstanding to CISF (Rs.6 crore) etc. The MCCI demanded that the CEO whose tenure ends on October 31,2009 should not be given extension as he was allegedly working only towards extension of his service by submitting a new Draft Project Report(DPR) as delaying tactic.It also demanded an inquiry on why 27 months elapsed and no tangible progress made despite a package of Rs. 552.44 crore. The MCCI also held a public meeting at Tzudikong (Papernagar) attended by Tzudikong Adhoc Town Committee, Tuli Town Council, Joint Tuli Area Council besides public. In his address the President MCCI said the rehabilitation of the mill was for the sustenance of all people and not only for Tuli or Mokokchung. He also expressed the hope that the revival of the NPPC Ltd will succeed through the active support of the people and God’s grace. The MCCI President pointed out that much sentiment was attached with the paper mill as it was an economic package after the September 6,1964 cease fire.

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