NAGAON, June 28 - Eminent litterateur Upendra Barkataki, a former sub-editor of Dainik Asam, was felicitated by the Assam Tribune Employees� Union (ATEU) at his residence here yesterday.
On behalf of the ATEU, president Santanava Hazarika and general secretary Dugdha Ram Kalita offered Barkataki a phulam gamosa and a citation, while Partha Pratim Hazarika, vice president, ATEU and Bhaskar Das, executive member offered him a souvenir and a memento. The ATEU also felicitated his wife Bharati Barkataki.
Speaking on the occasion, Dugdha Ram Kalita, general secretary, ATEU said that as a part of its diamond jubilee celebration, the union has undertaken the step to felicitate eminent persons from various fields who have contributed immensely towards the development of the State in general and society in particular.
Speaking on the occasion, Barkataki recalled his association with the Tribune group and said it was one of the most prestigious organisations in the country. Its dedication towards the State and the Assamese nationality is unquestionable.
Social worker Mukut Bhuyan, Madhab Saikia, AIR Nagaon official Chidananda Devagoswami, Manisha Goswami Barkataki and others were present at the function conducted by Dainik Asam Assistant Editor Atulya Madhab Goswami.
Meanwhile, the representatives of the ATEU met the principal of Nowgong College, Dr Sarat Barkataki at the college premises and presented him with the souvenir and a memento of the golden jubilee celebrations of the union. Professor Dr Chintamani Sarma, president of Assam College Teachers� Union Biswajit Bhuyan, president of Student Unity Sabha Bitu Sarkar were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, principal Dr Sarat Barkataki said that he was overwhelmed by the ATEU�s gesture and added that it won�t be an exaggeration to say that all publications of the Tribune group are lifelines of the State. Whenever the Assamese nationality has faced any threat, the Tribune group has stood besides the people and expressed its views strongly. He praised the ATEU for its stand on all issues concerning the State.