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Nagaon Paper Mill (File image)

The Delhi High Court has extended the stay on vacation of employees’ quarters of the Nagaon and Cachar paper mills in Assam till March 25.

Paper mill employees union general secretary Ananda Bordoloi said the liquidator has submitted a written reply to the court confirming that attempt will be taken to revive the industries as “going concern”.

The case of Cachar Paper Project Workers Union versus Union of India came up for hearing on Tuesday, when the liquidator submitted a written reply confirming that the process for revival of Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited (HPC) paper mills of Assam as “going concern” will commence by next few weeks as per orders of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), delivered on May 29, 2019 and February 18, this year, Assam Tribune reported.

He said since the process for revival of the industries will resume and notification would be announced for expression of interest under the Companies Act 2013, the question of vacation of quarters by employees does not arise “in our view”.

They added that the Union of India and the Central Provident Fund Commissioner have not yet submitted their reply and have sought time to submit by the next date of hearing.

Earlier, the liquidator attempted to liquidate assets of the HPC paper mills on piecemeal basis and issued an order to vacate quarters forcefully, including termination of employment of all workers and employees in contravention of the NCLAT order of May 29, 2019.

“The actual process of revival of the industries will now commence as per law,” Bordoloi said.

“The government cannot deny their responsibilities and will discharge its duty to save the industries and employment of two lakh youths in industrially backward state of Assam,” he said.

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