Rising People’s Party (RPP), Nagaland, has also appealed to the UDA coalition government to pay the salaries of Tuli Paper Mill employees without delay before the employees take to agitation on August 12, 2022.
By Imna Longchar, TFM Nagaland
Rising People’s Party (RPP), Nagaland, on Sunday has asked the UDA coalition government in Nagaland to pay the long pending salaries of Tuli paper mill employees.
RPP in a press release with regard to the plight of the Tuli paper mill employees, the RPP has appealed to the conscience of all the 60 legislators, that the plight of the poor and the hapless people should be the first and foremost priority of any government, particularly for a Christian state like ours.
It said that since 1992, when the mill closed down, its employees have been living a “nightmarish existence”. According to media reports, employees haven’t been paid salary since August 2017 and as of December 2021 the state government owes the paper mill employees Rs 27. 33 Crore. It staggers belief that any government can be so immune to the plight of these employees who have been living hell on earth for the last 30 years.
The RPP has also appealed to the UDA coalition government to pay the salaries of Tuli Paper Mill employees without delay before the employees take to agitation on August 12, 2022. “The UDA Coalition government is buying Crores worth of top SUVs every month. It has at its disposal thousands of Crores earned through GST alone, RPP maintained.
According to NPPC president, K Therie, the 21 NPF MLAs who were allegedly lured into the NDPP were each paid Rs 2.50 Crore, money which was apparently diverted from MNREGA fund and that the UDA Coalition was yet to refute this allegation, and therefore RPP believed that the allegation must be true.
Stating that perhaps hundreds of Crores have been spent by now by the “oppositionless government”, making countless trips to Delhi/Guwahati for “Naga solution”, RPP said yet the UDA coalition doesn’t have the money to pay a measly 27 Crore for Tuli employees doesn’t make sense.
“The Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio must do what is right”, said RPP while adding that the state government should have clear-cut policies regarding the future of Tuli Mill.
“If Golden Handshake for the employees is desirable, the government should do it. The UDA coalition should settle this issue once and for all”, RPP further added.