Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal formally inaugurated Hindustan Unilever Limited’s (HUL) new personal products factory unit-4 at Doomdooma in Tinsukia district on September 6, 2017. Named as Rhino project, the new unit is a part of Hindustan Unilever’s over 3000 crore value products which are being produced in the state. The unit has been constructed in a record time of 300 days.
HUL which is India’s largest fast moving consumer goods company also presented a cheque of Rs 1 crore to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the flood affected people of Assam on the occasion.
Sonowal termed the occasion as a historic day for the industrial sector of Assam saying it would open new vistas for industrial growth. Advocating synergy between the government and the industries, Sonowal said that if the role of one complements the other the development of both industry and community will register a greater impetus. Stating that industrial environment in Assam is very conducive and the government is coming up with promising industrial policy by easing out all procedures including providing land for industrial units, the chief minister requested Hindustan Unilever to increase its footprints in Lower Assam and Barak Valley in the State.
He added that the government would set up more skill development centres in association with private players to provide quality manpower to the industrial units. He asked Hindustan Unilever to take advantage of the potential of organic sector in Assam and come up with latest technology to produce new products in a bid to materialise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of making Assam and North East an organic hub of the country.
Highlighting close ties that Assam shares with South East Asian Nations and the access that Assam could provide to the markets of South East Asian countries, Sonowal said that government is working to make Assam as the gateway to South East Asia by implementing the Act East Policy of the Centre.
He also sought Hindustan Unilever’s support in drawing investors for the proposed Global Business Summit in Guwahati in February 2018 and also generate goodwill about Assam.
Paul Polman, the Global Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, who was also present at the inaugural ceremony appreciated the state government’s support in completing the 4th unit of Hindustan Unilever in record time. Stating that Doomdooma unit is an example of simultaneous growth of the company in sync with the community, Polman assured that Hindustan Unilever will continue to be a worthy partner in economic growth of Assam. He also expressed hope that the new Rhino Unit would set a new bench mark in terms of sustainability, equality and productivity.
Sanjiv Mehta the Chief Executive Officer of Hindustan Unilever in his welcome speech said that Hindustan Unilever will soon set up a Skill Development Centre in Tinsukia. He added that the company was working with NGOs and local authorities to set up the necessary infrastructure that will help impart employable skills to the local youth and enhance livelihoods of local people.
HUL has had a long-standing manufacturing presence in Doomdooma since 2001. Already it had three manufacturing units that manufacture personal care products such as shampoos, skin creams, lotions and toothpaste.
Rameshwar Teli, MP Dibrugarh, Pradan Baruah, MP Lakhimpur, Suren Phukan, MLA Digboi, Sanjay Kishan, MLA Tinsukia and Bolin Chetia, MLA Sadiya were present.