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very helpful for the illiterate villagers like him and informed us about the happenings in the outer world. They discuss various matters in the religious institution (Namghar) with the religious leaders when pujas and festivals are held. Political and educated elites of their villages informed them news either in terms of gossip or discussion.
Case Study 6.2           
       
Name-Shri Bidya Paw. Age-29 years. He subscribes a newspaper and owns a radio set. Shri Paw, a villager of Mohmora, is of the opinion that since the introduction of railways in the year 1964-65, they have been getting better communication facilities. The entire atmosphere of Jonai area has changed due to the arrival of the immigrants. They get benefit in communicating themselves with the Hindi and Bengali speaking people.
 
       There is a radio in his family. He told that radio listening has become his habit. His most popular items are the local news, Mishing programmes, other light programmes on songs and drama. The languages of the programmes are mainly Assamese and Hindi.His co-villagers use to visit his residence for listening to radio.(Table 6.2)
Case Study 6.3
        Name-Lakheswar Kardong.Age-32 years.He subscribes one Assamese daily and owns a transistor set. Keeping in view the importance of mass media,he started a cinema hall in Dhemaji in 1969.According to him, though it was a business,yet his aim was to educate the local villagers by showing few good pictures. The news and knowledge gathered from radio and newspaper  are usually explained by him to the illiterate villagers. Accordingly, he tries to inform to the villagers reading the events in other areas. He says that radio and news papers , now-a-days, are easily available in the market. Shri Kardong is of the opinion that if transport communication and mass media are used properly by his co-villagers, It will help in their socio-economic and political-development.
        
On the basis of our field observation, primary data and case studies we can derive the following conclusions regarding the differential level of communication in the three villages under study:
            (1) According to table 6.2, it has been found that in gross terms, there are radio sets   in the villages Barpamua but if we try to analyse the radio then the position is much better in Duhutimukh where there is one radio set for 2.8  respondents.
            (2) As regards the subscription of newspapers, the position is again much better  in Duhutimukh where one news-paper is subscribed for a group of 22.5  respondents.

                                                         References
     1. Sources : Stastical Hand book of Assam,1971, 1976.
     2. The situation of the villagers have been discussed in ChapterIII of this dissertation. In this  Chapter  slight repetation is made for the determination of communication facilities of the  villagers.
   3. See:'Indian railways : Rates and regulations' by N.B. Mehta,1927, P.S. King and son Ltd.,   London; and 'Indian Railways' by A.Prasad, 1960, Asia publishing house, Bombay.
   4. Source : Stastical Handbook of Assam,1976.
   5. Source: Note book of survey and construction organisation of an N.F.Railway ,which    is  obtained from Maligaon, Guwahati , Headquarter at Kurseng in the district of  Darjeeling , West  Bengal.


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