The Citizen Forum, Namrup on Friday sent a memorandum to President of India Ram Nath Kovind for his intervention regarding the setting up of BVFCL 4th plant.
Tileswar Borah, general secretary of Citizen Forum, Namrup said, “We have sent a memorandum to the President of India appealing him to intervene regarding the matter of setting of BVFCL 4th unit. The government has been giving assurance in setting up of the 4th unit but till date, nothing has happened,”.
The memorandum stated, “We are extremely happy to note that apart from other key issues, you are also stressing the need of placing the North Eastern Region states at par with the industrially developed states of the country so that more jobs could be created for the unemployed youth of the industrially backward region. We draw your kind attention towards BVFCL 3 units namely Namrup 1 plant in 1969 Namrup II in 1976 and Namrup III in 1987. It has been not only occupying an important position in terms of economic, employment generation, infrastructure development, meeting the demands of urea of the backward North Eastern region but also supplying urea to other states and occasionally supplying also to Nepal,”.
“But the only urea producing unit within region has been facing certain serious problems and posing a great threat to the existence of the BVFCL, Namrup due to huge deterioration of the plant and machinery used in the 3 old units. Now the production performance of Namrup unit is very low and adversely effecting the economic position of the company,” it stated.
It further stated, “Considering the over ageing of plant and machinery, the department of fertilizer, Government of India had announced to set up a ‘Brown Field Project in the name of Namrup- 4 plant during the visit of the Union Minister of Fertilizer and chemicals during his visit to Namrup on 26-6-2006 which could create high hope and aspirations in the minds of the people of Assam. But we are very much sorry to note it that 16 years have already been passed, no outcome emerged till now for setting up of the new plant yet. In this connection, the government of India told in a report in 2011, that these old units could run only 4/5 years of time beyond it would be unviable and uneconomical,”.
“Now, as per the government indication, it is starting to make huge losses and accumulated to Rs. 330 crore Up to 2020-2021 financing year as declared by the Union Finance Minister on the floor of Parliament. Presently, it is seen that there are no alternatives but to set the long-awaited Namrup- 4 plant under government nomination system at the earliest,” it stated.
It further stated, “It is also worth mentioning that the government of India had decided to revive few closed fertilizer units like Ramakundam of Telengana; Talchar of Orissa, Sindri of Bihar maintaining the nomination systems of certain sound public sectors enterprises for investment in this closed plants and after completion of construction works of these plants and the production have already started, but in case of Namrup 4th Plant the proposal is still under paper works,”.
“In light of the above, may we request your honour for your kind intervention on the issue to save the fertilizer unit which is on the verge of natural death. We extremely hope that your positive mind and good wishes towards the people of Assam will pave the way for the revival of the only fertilizer plant within the region and fulfill the long-cherished desire and aspirations of the people of Assam,” the memorandum stated.