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WM group funds social schemes in Assam

Our Bureau

CALCUTTA, March 9

THE Williamson Magor group, which has a strong presence in the tea industry in Assam, has stepped up participation in socio-economic development schemes in the State.

In association with a NGO, Bureau of Integrated Rural Development, the Williamson Magor group involved itself with multiple cropping schemes in Bisnauth, Balipara and Pabhoi areas, where cultivators are now able to raise 18 mounds of paddy per bigha, aga inst eight mounds earlier. In this project, farmers have been provided technical know-how free-of-cost and supplied seeds and fertilisers at 50 per cent of the cost.

This information was given by Mr. G.P. Barua, Vice-President of the Williamson Magor group, on the occasion of the 10th Assam Valley Literary Award function held in Guwahati recently. The Assam Branch Indian Tea Association has taken up the multi-croppin g scheme in a big way throughout the State, Mr. Barua said.

Coinciding with the Golden Jubilee of the Guwahati University, the Williamson Magor Education Trust has associated itself with the construction of the law faculty building on the university.

The trust, which runs the Assam Valley School (patterned on Doon) at Harchurah near Tezpur, operates the Magor scholarship scheme for engineering and business management students. It has set up an auditorium at Vivekananda Kendra in Guwahati and is now p romoting a cultural centre at Machkhowa.

Under a new scheme to project Assamese literature to world famous literary forums, the trust has decided to organise publications, translations and donation of books to renowned universities.

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