BONGAIGAON, July 7 - Patanjali�s Panchagavya Gaveshana Kendra has still not got the total land allotted to it by the BTC administration at Khagrabari in Chirang district. More than half of the allotted land has been encroached, said Shyam Shankar Roy, the Northeast in-charge of Patanjali Yogpeeth.
The Kendra has continued its work to develop a goshala (cow farm), herbal garden besides running an Acharyakulam (school) in its campus. Of the total 3,828 bighas of land, allotted by the BTC administration, the Kendra has obtained only 1,179 bighas of land, the rest 2,649 bighas have been under encroachment, Roy said.
Already around 60 locally-bred cows have been kept here with Indian breed bulls (like Sahewal species) in natural atmosphere so as to get pure breed offspring. The capacity of the goshala here would be increased to house 10,000 cattle in the future.
Research-based manure, pesticides and medicines would be developed by cow dung and urine here to promote organic farming at the Kendra and in villages around it. The farmers of the surrounding villages will grow medicinal plants besides crops using organic manure and pesticides and their produce would be bought back by the Kendra. Thus the farmers of this area would be self-dependent economically, Roy added.
The Acharyakulam is currently imparting free and complete education, under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), to a hundred students from standard-I to IV through the Vedic tradition.
The Patanjali Peeth has taken steps to develop a yoga training centre, for the NE region, at Mirza in Kamrup district. A free training centre for farmers at Bokakhat in Golaghat would be functional soon.
Meanwhile, some organisations had protested the allotment of lands to this Kendra and slammed the BTC administration for not being able to grant lands for those who have been displaced after the clash and violence in the region.
But the local residents of Khagrabari and Roumari area have a different view. According to them, the backward area needed such project, what Patanjali has started, for socio-economic development. So, they are supporting this project.
�For a better future and comprehensive education, I have admitted my child here in this Achrayakulam,� said Mitali Kalita, mother of Prince, a student of Class-I. She is a resident of Bongaigaon. According to Pulak Chandra Dey, a resident of Palangshuguri, around 2 km from the Kendra, only the Acharyakulam can give all-round quality education to his son Priyangshu, who is studying in Class-IV.
The institution has benefited the common people, who are basically economically weak, to give their wards better education compared to the Government schools, he added.