Assam minister of state for health Pijush Hazarika has appealed to the youths to overtake the agro-economy of the state from illegal immigrants.
He made this appeal while distributing financial aides to various self-help groups of the Lakhimpur district under Swami Vivekananda Assam Youth Empowerment Yojana (SVAYEM) scheme in North Lakhimpur on Friday.
Pijush Hazarika said, “Illegal immigrants from Bangladesh have already taken over the agriculture economy as a large percentage of them are engaged in cultivation and pisciculture in Barpeta and Dalgaon.’
“The youths who have received financial assistance under SVAYEM should engage in agriculture, animal husbandry, pig farming and pisciculture in a bid to become self-reliant,” said Hazarika.
The minister also asked the beneficiaries not to spend the scheme amount on buying apparels, mobile phones or two-wheelers.
More than seven hundred beneficiaries have been selected so far under the SAVAYEM scheme in Lakhimpur district.
Hazarika also highlighted other welfare schemes undertaken by the state government for the people.
The Assam government had introduced SVAYEM in 2017, which provides financial support to the youth of the state for taking up income-generating activities in the manufacturing, trading and the service sector.
The beneficiaries can take up income-generating activities like manufacturing, trading, processing, transport services such as auto-rickshaws and e-rickshaws, service sector, tourism, shops, repairing centres, handicraft and cottage industries.
The function was attended by Lakhimpur MP Pradan Baruah, Bihpuria MLA Debananda Hazarika and social worker Manab Deka.