AASU stages hunger strike over construction of 4th unit of fertiliser plant


The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) staged a 24-hour hunger strike at the Brahmaputra Valley Fertiliser Corporation Limited (BVFCL), Namrup in Dibrugarh district, seeking expeditious construction of the proposed fourth unit of the fertiliser plant.

The AASU members, holding placards and banners, sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Mansukh Mandaviya, and Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in the matter.

“BVFCL is the country’s oldest gas-based fertiliser industry. We urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to revive the plant. If the fourth unit is set up soon, the fertiliser plant will soon be forced to shut down and it will a severe blow to the state’s economy of the state. It will also spell doom for 600 permanent and 1,000 temporary employees of BVFCL,” Rupjyoti Borthakur, an AASU leader said. The AASU leader also demanded strict action against hoarders and black marketeers of urea in the state.

On June 26, 2006, former union fertiliser minister late Ram Vilas Paswan, had announced the setting up of the fourth unit during his visit to Namrup.

(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)

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