From our Correspondent
JORHAT, Nov 25: “Due to the lack of modernization in education system of Assam, the Assamese youths become hopeless and out of work. This outmoded education system makes superfluous youth year after another and increase the figure of the educated unemployed. In fact, a new odd section of people called educated unemployed has been created by this education system”, said Homen Borgohain, editor of an Assamese daily and a prominent litterateur of the State while participating as chief guest at a farmers’ meet titled– ‘Farmers to farmers dissemination programme’, held at Boloma Moran Gaon, under Teok Revenue Circle of Jorhat district today. Borgohain said that, India is a country of unemployed youth and the situation of Assam is too poor among the other States of the country. But the people of Assam as well as the Government is yet to understand the very fact that they should pay attention on the development of agriculture for the greater interest of economic growth of the country. Pointing out a comment of Sumerset Mom, a foreign litterateur, regarding the cultivation system of India, Borgohain said that, despite 80 per cent people of India has been depending on cultivation but the people has been adopting the old methods of agriculture in the last 5,000 years.
Drawing a comparison between the Western countries and India Borgohain claimed that, due to the short-sightedness of Indians, the development is at a snail’s pace in the last many decades. He also vehemently criticized the existing Governments of both Centre and State for their false promises in case of providing basic amenities to the people. He said, “Despite the tall claims of the Government as the ‘Sanitation for all by 2012’, Borgohain said that, after completion of 62 years of India becoming independent, the people are still crying for health, potable water, sanitation, etc. for some worthless practices of the Government. He mentioned that, out of one crore people of the country, more than 66 lakh are yet to get proper sanitation till date. But in China, only three lakh people still lacks sanitation on date. He said, only a good health can help to become a Nation stronger, wealthier and wiser to be dedicated to a good job. Therefore, he also laid emphasis on good health of the people and to provide basic health care facilities to the people of the State.
Appreciating the good efforts of the farmers of Boloma Moran Gaon to create a green revolution in the area, the prominent journalist of the State said that, the effort should be rewarded of the educated farmers of the village. He said, “Only one man can make a big difference”. He further said, “The more educated youth come to agriculture, the more development will be witnessed”.
Presiding over the programme, Jorhat Deputy Commissioner LS Changsan informed that, the projects of Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) have been taken up in the district since 2005, and many developments have been witnessed in the district so far. Terming ATMA as a successful agency in Jorhat the DC however said that, it happened for the good response of the farmers. She said, “Gradually the mind set of the farmers have been changed”. Admitting the very fact that, the lack of irrigation system hits the cultivation in the district the DC assured that, the process are going on and it would be completed soon.
In the meeting, chief guest Homen Borgohain also released a souvenir titled– Krisok Bikshan, published on the occasion.
Earlier, the programme was started with the demonstration of crop field of Boloma Moran Gaon where the invitees from various parts of the State have witnessed a success story of a group of farmers– ‘Seuj Sangha Krishi Sewa Group’, followed by an interaction programme with the farmers. Eight successful farmers participated the ‘Farmers to farmers dissemination programme’, while Dr Imran Hussain of ATMA and Dr Dilip Gogoi of Assam Agriculture University and Jorhat ZPC chairman Putul Buragohain attended the programme as invited guests of the meeting. THE SENTINEL