Assam: Another Cachar Paper Mill worker killed, 106 killed

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Silchar: Assam: Another Cachar Paper Mill worker killed, 106 killed .Despite this, another employee of Cachar Paper Mill died on Monday, bringing to 106 the number of employees who died after the closure of two paper mills in the state.
The two mills – Catcher Paper Mill at Panchgram in Hailakandi District and Nagun Paper Mill at Jagiroad in Morigaon District – have been inactive since October 2015 and March

2017 respectively. Their employees have not received their salaries for the last 64 and 62 months respectively. At least 104 workers have died (including Sunday’s deaths) since industrial units became inactive, mostly due to poverty, trauma and lack of medical treatment, according to mill unions.
The deceased was identified as Gopal Chandra Bhar, 57, of Radharani Colony, Panchgram , Hailakandi district, and was working as a technician (utility) at Catcher Paper Mill. He was suffering from liver and other ailments but could not afford the necessary medical treatment due to the financial crisis. On Monday morning, he was taken to a hospital in Kali Nagar (Helakandi district) after fainting. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. His last rites were performed on Monday night. He is survived by his wife and three sons. Sources said that the post-mortem report of the death is not yet available.
Reacting, Manabendra Chakraborty, president of the Joint Action Committee of Recognized Unions (JACRU) of the two mills, told How many more deaths will wake up the government? He questioned the government’s “indifference” to the payment of dues to mill employees.

He demanded that the financial aid package, which is to be released in September last year in Guwahati to pay the dues of the employees of the mills as per an agreement reached between the Assam government and the mills unions, be released as soon as possible. Go He sought the intervention of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in this regard.

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