DOOMDOOMA, May 16 - Nabaneeta Neog Baruah, a resident of Dirak Bormesai Simaluguri village of Kakopathar in Tinsukia district, has become an inspiration for hundreds of women who live by the motto of self-reliance.
Nabaneeta has been selling chicken and ducks as her livelihood, in order to feed her family of four members and help bring up her two children. �For the last nine years, I have been buying local chicken and ducks from my locality and selling them at Kakopothar, Rupai Siding, Doomdooma and Tinsukia town,� Nabaneeta said.
�When I had started my business in 2011, I used to carry the chicken and ducks on a bicycle. Recently, I bought a scooty with money that I had saved from my business,� she said.
Nabaneeta is an example of empowerment of rural women in Assam. With her enthusiasm and dedication, she is progressing in her business and has set an example for others.
�Each type of work has its own dignity. We should not ashamed of doing a work, thinking of it as of an inferior category. If we have goodwill and are dedicated towards any work, we will certainly be successful,� Nabaneeta said.
The story of Rinku Chourasia, a resident of Nepali Basti at Azad Road here in Tinsukia district, is, however, completely different.
Rinku, a 30-year-old kidney patient, has sought help from the Government of Assam for his treatment.
Rinku was admitted at the Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh in January this year after complaining of severe stomach pain and was treated for nine days. Specialist doctors diagnosed him with disease in both kidneys, and suggested that he should go to Hyderabad for better treatment.
His father Gopal Prasad (56) and mother Lalita Devi (52) said they have spent everything for their son�s treatment and now they were helpless. Rinku needs to be taken to AMCH on a regular basis for dialysis.
Earlier, Rinku used to drive goods-carrying vehicles to the weekly markets, while his father used to sell daily-use commodities in the weekly markets to earn for the family. But due to his ailment, Rinku is now unable to drive and his father�s work has also stopped due to the lockdown.
Rinku is married to Sony Devi (28) and they have two children, one of whom is still a toddler.