RAHA, March 4 - A sub-plan programme for the socio-economic development of the Scheduled Caste people of Thekeraguri village, bordering Nagaon and Morigaon district, through scientific fish farming and fish-based eco-tourism intervention was inaugurated on Monday. The programme, jointly implemented by the College of Fisheries, AAU, Raha and Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand, is likely to benefit the villagers to a large extent.
Dr KK Tamuli, Dean, College of Fisheries and Dr Debajit Sarma, Director, Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand attended the inaugural ceremony. The day-long programme commenced with the release of fish seed at a community fish pond of the village, followed by inauguration of the project activities. The inauguration workshop was held at the naamghar premises of the village.
Dr SK Bhagabati, chairman of the Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan programme welcomed the dignitaries and stakeholders. Explaining the purpose of the meeting, Dr Rajdeep Dutta, Assistant Professor, College of Fisheries, informed the stakeholders about different interventions to be implemented for achieving the targets of the programme. Dr Deepjyoti Baruah, senior scientist, Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research, Bhimtal-cum-nodal officer, Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan programme briefed the participants about different aspects of the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Debajit Sarma urged the villagers to extract maximum benefit from the programme and utilise the know-how for their socio-economic development. Dr Tamuli also addressed the gathering and assured that the college will extend every possible help and cooperation for successful implementation of the programme.
Synchronising with the programme, an information brochure was also released. Senior professors of the college, including Dr S Borthakur, Dr A Ali and Dr PC Bhuyan also addressed the farmers during the programme. Nearly 900 Scheduled Caste beneficiaries belonging to 160 households will be covered under the project.
Nibha Bharali Bora, president, Ahatguri Gaon Panchyat also attended the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Jibeswar Das, president, 48 No. Thekeraguri Fishery Cooperative Society. The programme was hosted by Dr Utpal Kumar Das, Assistant Professor, College of Fisheries, Raha. The programme concluded with vote of thanks by K Mili, Assistant Professor of the college.