GUWAHATI, June 9 - Governor Banwarilal Purohit today felicitated Green Oscar-winning environmentalist Purnima Devi Barman and ace mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa at a function held at the Raj Bhavan here.
Purnima�s pioneering efforts for conservation of the greater adjutant stork in the villages of Dadara, Posoria and Singimari of Kamrup district for the past one decade with active involvement of the local communities have succeeded in providing a secure habitat for the bird. It was in recognition to her conservation initiative that she was recently honoured with the Whitely Awards, also known as Green Oscars.
Hailing the efforts of Purnima, the Governor said, �Her unflappable work for conservation augurs well for creating a congenial ambience and a friendly and sensible pool of human forces for conservation of the greater adjutant stork.�
He added that Purnima�s actions were a source of encouragement for others to take conservation activities for the greater adjutant stork in full throttle and rendered a fresh lease of life to the endangered species and its habitat.
Eighty per cent of the present global population of the greater adjutant stork is found in the Brahmaputra Valley, with Kamrup district accounting for 50 per cent of those. The three villages of Dadara, Posoria and Singimari shelter a healthy concentration of some 300 birds.
Anshu Jamsenpa: Felicitating ace mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa who has climbed up to the peak of Mount Everest twice in five days, � a world record feat � the Governor said, �The nation in general and the North East in particular are proud of the enviable record of Anshu Jamsenpa who unfurled the Tricolour at the peak of Mount Everest. Climbing Mount Everest, the world�s tallest peak is indeed an extraordinary endeavour, climbing it twice in five days is something only the great can do. My commendation is to the grit and dedication of Anshu Jamsenpa on becoming the first woman to scale the peak for the fourth time. Not only Arunachal Pradesh, the country as a whole is proud of Anshu Jamsenpa.�