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Students’ body demands hassle-free loans for youths to cope with pandemic crisis
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, July 13 - Asking the State government to take immediate measures to strengthen the rural economy in State in view of the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the All Assam Chutia Students’ Union on Monday demanded special schemes for facilitating hassle-free loans to the unemployed youths of the State.

 The students’ organisation, while expressing its concern over the job loss of a significant number of youths, who came back to Assam from different parts of India due to the pandemic, has written to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, seeking his immediate intervention for providing sustainable livelihood to jobless youths of the State.

“Needless to mention that the situation of unemployment has worsened in present crisis situation and there is no immediate solution in sight. While economic crisis in the entire nation is a reality, for a State like Assam, which has been facing unemployment problems for decades, the situation is all the more critical, with a large number of our population returning back to their native villages. Only a timely action in the direction of sustainable livelihood can save the State from an imminent grave crisis,” Mahen Bora, general secretary of the union, stated.

The students’ body has demanded the State government to introduce a new scheme for easy processing of bank loans, without the riders of movable or immovable property mortgage or without the provisions of lengthy paperwork.

“Other than bank loans, government aid should also be provided for poultry and livestock farming in State. The government must also assist the local youths in effective market linkage, scientific farming procedures of poultry and livestock farming,” the memorandum stated.

The students’ organisation also sought government assistance for modern method of fish farming, providing good quality fish seedlings, government assistance for starting small and medium agriculture and horticulture enterprises, etc.

Further, it asked the government to take measures to assist mushroom production, eri and muga silkworm rearing and extensive assistance for overall weaving industry of the State, which is facing crisis due to a sharp fall in demand, due to the pandemic.

“In order to attract more youths towards dairy farming and beekeeping in Assam, necessary handholding should be done by the government in the initial phase of such ventures. Similarly, options of engaging more and more youths in other sustainable endeavours like pickle making, organic manure production, etc., are also required,” it further added.

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