TEZPUR, Oct 4 - Local socio-cultural organisation Prayash conferred the Karmaratna Award on Sootea MLA Padma Hazarika at a special function organised at the Baan Theatre on Sunday.
It may be mentioned here that the frontline social organisation which was established in 2015 has been working in and around the historic Tezpur city with prime focus on environmental conservation, promotion of creative works, study and research on different cultural components and awareness generation on various social issues.
Besides representing his constituency for three consecutive terms as a member of legislative Assembly, Padma Hazarika is also instrumental in developing the Kanyaka Agricultural Farm on the bank of Bharali river in Jamuguri area for employment generation of youths of the greater Jamuguri area.
Even on a cursory glance, over 100 youths are busy pursuing their livelihood in the said farm. He has also engaged many educated unemployed youths of his constituency by opening weaving centres, dairy farms, fishery etc.
After receiving the award, Padma Hazarika said that without hard work and firm determination, no one can gain anything worthwhile.
Referring how Gandhiji envisaged villages as self-sufficient republics and how he realised that India lived in her villages, following which he stressed on the growth of the rural economy by khadi, handloom, handicraft and sericulture, he urged the people to get involved in growing their economic standard by utilising the naturally available resources in the rural areas.
�We have a lot of potentiality in our various rural ventures. If we can devote ourselves single-mindedly and with honesty, we need not go outside for our livelihood,� he observed.
Hazarika lauded the organisers for arranging such an inspirational event to motivate the young generation to get involved in various works for their livelihood. He also inaugurated a play titled Asin Kathor Thura which was staged by members of Prayash.
Two other individuals of the town, namely Putul Bora, who established himself through the laundry business, and Panchali Das, who earns her livelihood by plying an e-rickshaw in the town, were similarly awarded by the organisation.
Besides other dignitaries, the programme was conducted by senior journalist of Dainik Janambhumi Pankaj Barua and graced by, among others, social worker Dr Birendra Kumar Nath.