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Delay of funds to Tuli Paper Mill irks MLA



A view of the Paper Mill at Tuli which remains in a paralyzed state due to ‘non-allocation’ of funds from the central government. (Morung Photo)
 
Member of Legislative Assembly and Advisor of Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency, L. Temjen Jamir last week, visited the Milak Water Plant and aired his concern for the Tuli Paper Mill which remains defunct.
The legislator said that the Hindu Paper Corporation (HPC) is the main agency and that the corporation submitted a Detail Project Report (DPR) earlier in 2005. However the HPC received the sanctioned amount only in the year 2007. By that time the market rate had already increased and could not precede the work with the funds released by the central government after a delay of 3 years.
Jamir expressed displeasure over the delay of fund allocation submitted which again submitted another DPR by the HPC in 2010 as the report is still waiting adding that Government of Nagaland has also appealed for its restoration in 2004.
Nevertheless, the MLA was positive that once the paper mill starts to function, ‘employment avenues for Naga youths will be wider.’ Where there is even a small scope of ‘living industry’ in the state, he said, the centre should not deprive the state and show sincerity in taking up projects.
The fate of the paper mill remains uncertain as the DPR submitted in 2010 still awaits approval and perhaps the situation may remain the same with the continuous increase in market prices.
The Paper Mill at Tuli under Mokokchung district was established in 1971. It was established with the objective to promote, establish, execute and run industries, projects or enterprises for manufacturing, selling or export of pulp, paper, newsprint and various products from pulp and paper. However, the lone paper industry in the state has remained paralyzed since 1992 due to ‘non-allocation’ of funds from the central government.

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