| Jayanti Rabha |
Borjhar, Dec. 4: The seven women candidates who came up trumps in the just concluded elections to the maiden Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council, have declared that they would stay true to their pre-poll promises by addressing the basic needs of all people living in the council area.
Of the seven elected women, three — Jyotima Rabha (Doda), Alaka Rabha (Salpara), Clarinda G. Sangma (Jinari) — are from Goalpara district and the rest — Jayanti Rabha (Rani), Rashmi Rabha (Silputa), Dipti Boro (North Bongaon) and Panchami Rabha (Jarihat) — are from Kamrup.
While Rani constituency was open to all, Salpara and North Bongaon were reserved for women.
The rest were reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates. All the winners were backed by the Rabha Hasong Joint Movement Committee.
A believer in egalitarianism, Jayanti Rabha, 44, is down to earth.
A graduate in Assamese from Pandu Collage, Guwahati, Jayanti wants to develop sports infrastructure so that potential sportspersons can excel at the national level.
“A mini-stadium is a long-felt need in Rani that could serve as a springboard for sportspersons.”
Jayanti’s dream of completing her MA after successfully appearing for a previous paper at Gauhati University in Assamese came to an end following her marriage.
After graduation, Jayanti cycled and hawked newspapers from 1990 to 2007.
“I am well acquainted with the needs of the down-trodden,” Jayanti said.
A post-graduate in Assamese, Jyotima Rabha, 35, who won from Doda, wants to boost the agriculture sector.
She said farmers were unable to take up rubber cultivation because of poverty.
Dipti Boro of North Bongaon constituency wants development to seep down into all sections of society.
Dipti said unity is the tool with which to fight those who are against development and communal harmony.
The victorious women also want to improve the weavers’ plight.
“Every tribal woman is a weaver but they are poverty-stricken. We want to go beyond the distribution of yarn and loom to develop it into an industry as ethnic-wear has a huge market,” Jayanti said.