Tuesday, August 16, 2022

RPP appeals govt to pay pending salaries of Tuli Paper Mill employees

Rising People’s Party (RPP) has appealed to the UDA government to pay pending salaries of Tuli Paper Mill employees without delay before the employees embark on an agitation on August 12, 2022.
The party in a press release also appealed to the conscience of all the 60 legislators to accord top priority to the plight of the paper mill employees, especially considering the fact that Nagaland was a Christian State.
Since 1992 when the mill closed down, the party said the employees had been living a nightmarish existence.
According to newspaper reports, the employees had not been paid salary since August 2017 and the State government owed the paper mill employees Rs 27.33 crore as in December 2021.
RPP expressed surprise that a government could be so immune to the plight of the employees living like hell on earth for the past 30 years. The party alleged that the UDA government was buying SUVs worth crores of rupees every month and had at its disposal thousands of crores of rupees earned through GST alone.
The party quoted NPCC president K Therie, who alleged that the 21 NPF MLAs who were lured into NDPP were each paid Rs 2.50 crore and the money was apparently diverted from MNREGA fund. And as the ruling coalition was yet to refute the allegation, it said the allegation must be true.
“Perhaps hundreds of crores have been spent by now by the opposition-less government while making countless trips to Delhi/Guwahati for Naga solution. And yet the UDA claims to have no money to pay a measly Rs 27 crore to Tuli Paper Mill employees, which doesn’t make sense,” the release stated. The party asked chief minister Neiphiu Rio to do what was right.
It also suggested the State government to have clear-cut policies regarding the future of Tuli Mill, stressing that if “golden handshake” for the employees was desirable, the government should do it. The UDA should settle the issue once and for all, it added.


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