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Potters of Gauripur in dire straits
AMBUNATH SHARMA
 GAURIPUR, Oct 25 - Potters of Gauripur Ward No. 4 make a living by making various kinds of pottery items like pots of various sizes, dhoop stands, cups, vessels of different sizes, plates etc., during the year but their business is not at all encouraging. They are finding it difficult to continue their business.

Due to availability of plastic/steel utensils, the demands for their products have drastically reduced. As a result they have been compelled to reduce their production. Still, some of them like Arjun Kumhar, Ratan Kumhar, Mukhlal Kumhar, Biki Kumhar, Rajen Kumhar, Lakshmi Kumhar, Rohit Kumhar have toiled day and night to produce nearly one lakh earthen lamps in order for sale during Dipawali not only in the market of Gauripur but also at Dhubri and Golokganj.

In order to produce these, they have to purchase necessary adhesive clay at Rs 2000 or more for a tractor load and a particular sand at Rs 900. After getting the clay ready, the potters move the wheel with hands and shape the utensils accordingly. The wheel can be moved by electricity also but they cannot afford that and as a result they have to limit their production.

The potters of Gauripur area are a very depressed lot as they have not yet received any financial help from the government. The Industry Department of the Government of Assam is located near the residences of the potters, but the department has paid no heed at all to their problems. Their children are not at all interested in their paternal profession as it cannot provide them any sustainable means of livelihood. Only the aged potters and their wives are seen toiling day and night to meet the demand of the earthen lamps. In this context, the people have urged the government to provide them financial aid, so that these potters can survive in the days to come.

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