Jorhat, June 16: Jorhat Lok Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa asked the business class, mostly belonging to the Marwari community, to make further efforts for deeper integration into the greater Assamese society and also promote indigenous goods.
Addressing a meeting of the All India Marwari Sanmilan, Jorhat branch, at the Chamber Bhawan of the Upper Assam Chamber of Commerce here last night, Tasa said the community could feel more secure if it strengthened ties with its Assamese counterparts instead of remaining aloof.
“None of you will be returning to Rajasthan because you have settled here and got used to the climate. The best course to follow would be to integrate and build strong relations with the people of the region so that you do not suffer from a sense of alienation,” he said.
Tasa said he himself belonged to the tea tribe community but this did not mean that he did not identify himself as an Assamese first.
The MP further appealed to the women of the community to promote the use of pat and muga silks, indigenous to this region, so that these could be presented to the world outside.
“The wife of Arjun Munda, former chief minister of Jharkhand, had donned a pat mekhela sador at the oath-taking ceremony in New Delhi recently and most of the women went up to ask her from where she had got this garment. The pat and muga of Assam are beautiful and can be promoted outside the region if you all take to wearing them,” he said.
Tasa also asked members of the community to go to the rural areas and esta- blish small-scale industries there and help in skill development.
“The rural areas should be as developed as the urban ones so that there is no disparity in the income levels of the two areas. Skill development is the USP of the BJP government and we hope that industrialists will make forays into rural and semi-urban areas in order to reverse the skewered balance of development,” he said.
Tasa said investors were wary of coming to the region because different organisations are seeking heavy donations. As a result, the economic growth is being hampered.
“Taking or seeking donations is wrong and the BJP government will come down heavily on individuals or organisations who seek donations,” he said.
MLA visit: Jorhat MLA Rana Goswami today visited areas under Jorhat municipal wards 1, 2 and 5 and interacted with the residents to know about their problems.