Surrendered ULFA cadres help fellow Assamese

January 16th, 2009 - 11:12 pm ICT by ANI  

Dibrugarh (Assam), Jan.16 (ANI): A group of former United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) cadres have formed Asom Vikas Mancha (AVM) to render free services to the poor and downtrodden people of the region.
Asom Vikas Mancha has established two villages, Barbari Nabojyoti Gaon and Nijchabua Notun Gaon with the support of village elders. These two villages house 160 families with a total population of nearly 800 persons.
Ever since its inception, the Asom Vikas Mancha (AVM) has rendered free services to the poor and downtrodden villagers living in flood prone Romoria Liting Gaon (village), situated in the riverbank of Brahmaputra of Assam.
“When I was in Romoria Liting Gaon I struggled to survive. Then I came across Asom Vikas Mancha (AVM) and contacted them and they helped me a lot. They came to sow the plot of land and discussed about. They also provide us with a roof for shelter, water, electricity and many more. We got a lot of help from them,” said Rajen Gogoi, a villager.
“The AVM helped us. They”ve given me threads for weaving as I weave to earn my living. Some people engage in farming, growing vegetables, poultry, pigry, and many more to support their family and it is all helped and supported by the AVM,” said a woman beneficiary.
Besides land and houses, the organisation has provided community farming as well as financial assistance to run small time business units like poultry, piggery, fishery, weaving and many more for income generation.
The initiative by such former cadres of ULFA who have given life a fresh started after surrendering, is today an inspiration for all other militants. It is hoped it would definitely pave way for peace and development in the state. (ANI)

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