JAGIROAD, April 17 � The Jagiroad Anchalik Students� Union has demanded of the State Government to make Jagiroad a new civil subdivision in Morigaon district. A memorandum, calling for the fulfilment of the public demand, signed by Jitumoni Pathak and Bharat Gour, president and general secretary respectively of the students� body, and submitted to the Chief Minister through the Deputy Commissioner, Morigaon stated that it has been a dream of the people of the mouzas around Jagiroad town to have a civil subdivision of their own within the administrative set-up of Morigaon district, adding that it is a rational and judicious demand of the people.
The mouzas concerned namely, Pokoria, Monoha, Niz-Ghagua and Uttar-Khola are situated in the interior parts of the district and witness to the havoc of flood and erosion. The contribution made by the people of these areas to the economic development of the district is praiseworthy. The eastern area of the district comprising Pokoria, Mayong, Monoha, etc., is known as the granary of the district as these places are mainly inhabitated by cultivators and fishing communities. Also, the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, known to have a dense population of the one-horned rhino, is situated under the Mayong mouza, added the memorandum.
Besides agriculture and pisciculture, a few other notable revenue sources of the proposed subdivision are the Nagaon Paper Mill of the HPC Ltd, various trade and commercial activities in and around Jagiroad town, the Jagiroad rural electrical subdivision, dairy farming, dry fish market, reserve forests including the Sonaikuchi Hill Reserve and Kholahat Reserve Forest and numerous beels in the riverine areas.
Another notable aspect of the proposed area of the subdivision is the Jagiroad Railway Station which alone draws a revenue collection worth about Rs 12 crore annually. The memorandum further stated that the areas under these mouzas are inhabited mostly by various ethnic tribes such as Tiwas, Bodos, Kacharis and other communities living in close harmony with Bengali, Bihari, Sikh, Nepali, Marwari, etc., people. The land in the villages is alluvial and there are numerous flora and fauna which have added to the ecological balance of the areas concerned. The river Brahmaputra is on the western side of Pokoria and Mayong mouzas and its tributaries such as Killing, Kopili and Kolong crisscross all these mouzas. In spite of such potential and resources, the people are generally economically and socilly disadvantaged and the adoption of a policy by the Government for creation of a subdivision for them would therefore benefit all sections of people by bringing about an accelerated growth.
Keeping in mind all these factors like potential, resources and other factors, the students� body and other organisations have demanded of the State Government to select industrial town Jagiroad as a new civil subdivision of Morigaon district.