Save one of the oldest Paper Mill of India. Help us save NEPA Limited

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Nepanagar is an industrial township in Burhanpur district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Nepanagar is famous for its newsprint paper mill, Nepa Mills Limited (earlier known as The National News Print Ltd). 

NEPA pioneered manufacturing of newsprint in the country. It was founded in 1948 and start its commenced production from April, 1956 with an installed capacity of 30,000 TPA. the main raw materials were Salai wood and Bamboo which were available in abundance in the forests around Nepanagar.

The mill embarked upon major expansion programmes in 1967 and subsequently in 1978 and 1989 to increase its installed capacity to 88,000 TPA. Presently, the Company has switched to Waste paper as basic raw material from original forest based and has thus been able to reduce cost of production. The in-house modifications/alterations to the pulping plants have also helped in processing various quality of waste paper to manufacture Newsprint. Mills is meeting its 100% requirement from Captive Power generation.

NEPA has also recently initiated the manufacture of Economy newsprint by using old newspaper and overissue newspaper to cater to the requirement of the lowest segments of the market at minimal of cost, yet maintaining all other parameters of quality though in lower brightness.The factor that is responsible for this paper industry is river Tapti. Nepa mills is the major source of income of nepanagar and nearby area. 

Nepa mills struggle started when globalization stucks the country. Globalization was good for everyone but not for this paper mills. New companies came to existence with new machineries and new equipment providing paper ewit better quality and low cost. And here starts the deviation of Asia's oldest paper mills, Nepa mills.

To compete with other companies and for their survivor's sake Nepa mills took a decision for their renewal and purchased new equipments from Japan in 2015. The government here gave a revival package to the plant for upgradation of machines , power house and installation of deinking plant. Deinking plant enables the factory to manufacture writting paper along with the news print paper. This project was estimated of 285 cr for which the government sanctioned 157 cr to plant from central government and rest has to be taken in the form of loan. So the production of paper stopped and installation of new equipments started but in the middle of the renewal process NEPA Mills suffered lack of funds and renewal process was stopped immediately. NEPA mills is struggling for its existence since a couple of years.  It has no fund to produce paper and no funds to complete the installation of new equipments too. The paper produced by nepa mills is the one on which our daily newspapers are printed. Paper produced in Nepa mill was exported all over india. Due to lack of fund this paper mill is unable to produce paper and the workers are not getting paid properly. Due to lack of fund Workers are getting only 15-20% of their actual salary and sometimes they don't recieve their salaries for a period of 3-4 months, which is not enough to fulfill the basic needs of their families. Please sign this petition to help the oldest paper mill of India. Your one sign can make a big difference.

Our demands:

1. Fund for the revival of the nepa Mills to start the production of paper

2. Workers of NEPA Mills should get their due salaries

3. Government should take actions for the development of the nepanagar inviting private sector companies to invest on the place. Government should release some land in pepananep for private sector companies and entrepreneurs to establish their industry in nepanagar

4. New , trustworthy and skilled administration should be appointed for the successfull direction of the NEPA Mills.

5. New workers should be appointed to tackle the workload of current employees of NEPA Mills

6. Fund should be provided by the government for the settlement of vrs scheme for the employees of NEPA Mills.

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