DIGBOI, Feb 18 � Representatives of various organizations, institutions and public bodies gathered at the Luit Silpi Samaj auditorium here on February 14 to accord farewell felicitation to Dr Prabin Kumar Saikia, retired DGM and Medical (I/C) of IOCL-AOD Hospital at Digboi.
The event was organized by Dr PK Saikia Public Farewell Felicitation Committee headed by Prabin Borah as president and Abu Hussain and Pallab Sarmah as joint secretaries. It began with the rendering of a borgeet by Chayarani Saikia with the accompaniment of Anandaram Saikia on the khol and Dipa Tamuli on the taal.
Poet-writer Punya Saikia was the chairperson.
Earlier, Pallab Sarmah gave an outline of the life and achievements of Dr Saikia who was born on January 1, 1955 in the Dichiyal village of Sivasagar district. After doing his MD in 1980 from Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh, Dr Saikia joined the IOCL-AOD Hospital as Deputy CMO in 1982. He retired on January 31, 2015.
Gopal Das, Mahendra Bharali Baruah, Joy Kanta Gandhiya, Hitendra Nath Sarma, Dr Ajoy Dowerah, Dipak Gupta, Dandeswar Gogoi, Chayarani Saikia, Sudeshna Saikia and Ranu Baruwa also spoke on the multifaceted qualities of Dr Saikia.
The farewell address highlighting the qualities and achievements of Dr Saikia and his contributions to the society was read out by Pallab Sarmah and presented to Dr Saikia by Punya Saikia. The Lions Club of Digboi, the Sishu Kalyan Parishad of Digboi, the Lekhika Sangstha, Digboi Branch, the local unit of the AASU, Digboi Sahitya Seva Samiti, AASTHA, Digboi Yuva Sangstha, Samanvay Sangha, Digboi Press Club, Digboi Rongali Bihu Palan Samiti, Sodou Digboi Mahila Samiti and several other organizations offered hearty felicitations to Dr Saikia and Dr R Saikia. A souvenir published belatedly on the Platinum Jubilee of IOCL-AOD Hospital was released by Dr PK Saikia and the other dignitaries on the dais.
In his address Dr Saikia elaborated on the ideology that prompted him to give a service orientation to his life. He said, �Empathy is always full in my heart� for the sick and the poor. He believed it to be ordained by God and said that he drew self satisfaction from doing service to the needy.