Born : 1889. Fourth son of Late Rai Bahadur Betharam Saikia of Naobaisa village in Jorhat. Late. Kashinath Saikia from Calcutta university in 1913. The government of India then awarded scholarship to study industrial chemistry abroad. But the outbreak of World War-I in 1914 ruled out studies abroad. Took up a job in Bengal Paper Mill. having worked there for sometime, joined a Japanese firm and went to Japan and received training in the manufacture of paper. He then joined in Rangoon to a Burmese paper manufacturing concern . As its chief chemist. he was promoted as works manager. While in Burma he invented a new process for the manufacture of cardboard. He patented the process in India and Germany and earned Rs. 65,000/- in royalties. The patent also won him the fellowship of the chemical society of London. Returned to Assam in 1921 to setup a paper mill but did not succeed. so in 1923 he setup the Jorhat Electric Supply Company. he was the first man to introduce electricity supply to Assam. Kashinath Saikia was twice nominated to the Assam Legislative council. the first he defeated an Englishman to win a seat in 1926 next spell from 1931 to 1937. Kashinath Saikia always made a mark, a man of excellent taste, and also a well dressed legislator. He was decades ahead of his times in his thinking rocked by ill health he passed away on 8th may 1962.
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