Hindustan Newsprint


Hindustan Newsprint Ltd. (HNL) is a government company in the Indian Central Public Sector. HNL was incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956, on 7 June 1983, in Kottayam district, Kerala. HNL is a former fully owned subsidiary of Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited (HPC) which is a fully owned Government of India Enterprise now owned by Government of Kerala. This industrial unit is rechristened as Kerala Paper Products Limited. Shri. APM Mohammed Hanish, IAS, Principal Secretary, Industries Department, Government of Kerala is the Chairman and Shri. Prasad Balakrishnan Nair, former CEO, Makers Village is the Special officer of Kerala Paper Products Limited. Revival works have started on 01.01.2022

Entrance Road Of Hindustan Newsprint Limited, Kottayam

Origin of HNL as Kerala News print ProjectEdit

This Project was conceived, as early as, 1968 when the first Feasibility Report was prepared and on the basis of that Report the Government of India took a decision in May, 1970 to approve this Project in principle and desired that the HPC or HNL, on being established, should prepare a Detailed Project Report for approval of Government.

Agreement between Government of Kerala and HPCEdit

The Government of Kerala, in pursuance of its policy of industrial development of the State, readily expressed its willingness to promote and encourage the establishment of the Newsprint Factory Project in kerala and granted various concessions, rights, privileges and benefits to HPC as incorporated in the agreement dated 7 October 1974 between the Government of Kerala and HPC. The concessions, rights, benefits, etc. included among other things, adequate and sustained supply of various forest raw materials to the Newsprint Project from the State Government's forest resources.

Incorporation of KNP as HNLEdit

In 1983, the year in which the Kerala Newsprint Project commenced commercial operations, the Indian government, as a matter of policy, directed HPC, in public interest, to promote and incorporate as a government company under the Companies Act, 1956, to take over and operate the said Newsprint Mill and to acquire all the properties and assets as well as all the debts and liabilities belonging to the Newsprint Mill. Accordingly, HPC promoted and incorporated Hindustan Newsprint Limited (HNL) as its fully owned Subsidiary. On incorporation of HNL, transfer of assets and properties, etc. was concluded under a Tripartite Agreement dated 14 January 1985 among Hindustan Paper Corporation (HPC), HNL and the Indian government. Under this agreement, HNL is entitled to the benefits and it is liable to discharge the obligations, under all contracts, agreements, engagements, assurances, licenses and permits in relation to the said Kerala Newsprint Mill. Shri. K Gopalaswamy Ayyar assumed charge as its first managing director. Mr. Rama Krishna Pillay designed and commissioned the mill in 1983 and assumed charge as the works manager.

On 28 October 2017, the Government of India announced the privatization of Hindustan Newsprint.[1]


  1. ^ Dheeraj Tiwari; Deepshikha Sikarwar (28 October 2016). "Decks cleared for strategic sale! Government okays plan to exit sick PSUs, subsidiaries". The Economic Times. Retrieved 11 September 2019.


  • Hindustan Newsprint Limited

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