Asomiya Samaj – A New Socio-Economic Movement for the People of Assam

By Dr Dhruba Hojai,
Guwahati, India

The Asomiya Samaj emblem
​The Asomiya Samaj emblem
A new "God-centred" socio-economic movement in the name and style of Asomiya Samaj for the progress and prosperity of Assam, India, will be floated very soon. The Asomiya Samaj is one of the 266 samajas of this planet and 48 samajas of Bharat Varsha (India) respectively as propounded by Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, otherwise known as Shrii Shrii Anandamurti by His disciples. The Manifesto is being drafted in pure Assamese and will be published after registration with the Election Commission of India.

Salient features of Asomiya Samaj

  • The definition of Asomiyas will be settled as "those people who have assimilated or merged into the Asomiya Society; culturally, traditionally, socially, linguistically  and economically (viz, the profits earned in Assam must be reinvested in Assam for the economic progress of the state viz-a-viz,the profits earned in Assam shall not be taken elsewhere to develop other states).
  • The minimum requirements of life and increasing purchasing power must be guaranteed to all, the power to make all economic decisions must be placed in the hands of the local people, and outsiders must be strictly prevented from interfering in the local economy — all this for the universal well being of all, including plants and animals.
  • All cultural expressions, traditions and languages of the various ethnic groups of Assam will be preserved and developed in a separate Cultural University to be set up in Assam.
  • The economic planning (State Budget) will start from Block Level – District Level – State Level and presented to the National Level (for approval).
  • The Cooperative Model of Economic Decentralisation to be implemented in every sector and every scheme in order to involve every person in the society. This model will solve the unemployment problem and bring in economic self sufficiency in the state.
  • 100% job guarantee for all.
  • Capitalists invariably produce at the lowest costs and sell at the highest profits. They prefer centralized production, which leads to regional economic disparity and imbalances in the distribution of the population. On the other hand, in the decentralized economy of PROUT, production is for consumption, and the minimum requirements of life will be guaranteed to all. All regions will get ample scope to develop their economic potentiality, so the problems of a floating population or over-crowding in urban centers will not arise.
  • Unless a country attains optimum development in industry and other sectors of the economy, it is impossible for it to be highly developed. If more than 30% to 45% of a country’s population is engaged in agriculture, there will be excessive pressure on the land. Such a country cannot become highly developed, nor can there be balanced, decentralized development in all sectors of the economy. India is a classic example of this. About 75% of India’s population is dependent on agriculture for its livelihood.

Here are two of the promises in the Manifesto which will throw some light into the intentions of the "Asomiya Samaj":

  • Permanent solution for floods in Assam which has a large number of rivers:
    – Dredging rivers and throwing rich soil on riverbanks in order to deepen the river beds.
    – Growing expensive plants like teak and fruit trees on the shore of the rivers for controlling soil erosion.
    – Further away from the river grow cheap trees for firewood, construction, etc., in order to regenerate the forests (afforestation) and ecological balance.
    This will generate jobs and solve the problem of flooding. No place has implemented Sarkar's Prout programme but Assam needs this most as it has the largest rivers.
  • The problem of Sick Tea Gardens will be taken up by the Asomiya Samaj by alternative farming such as rubber plantation which is an upcoming and prospective farming in Assam in order to save the tea garden tribals. The tea garden tribals will be given the right to own the rubber plantation in a cooperative way.

The Union Budget had nothing for tackling the flood and erosion problem of Assam. “Though Assam has been plagued with this alarming erosion problem and it has so far permanently lost 4.27 lakh hectare of land due to river-bank erosion, the central government has announced nothing for the state,” Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi inister said. The Budget had not fully restored the earlier funding pattern to 90:10 despite strong protests from the Northeastern states, the CM added. – See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/business/budget/jaitleys-budget-great-disappointment-for-assam-ne-tarun-gogoi/#sthash.k541M4od.dpuf

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