Padmashree,Dr. Jadav Payeng.
Photo credit: Chitradhar Deoru
ONGC Himalayan Association (ONGCHA), Assam Chapter felicitates Forest Man of India, Padmashree, Dr.Jadav Payeng while the Association organised a trekking expedition cum environmental awareness campaign to the ‘Molai Forest’ (‘Molai Kathoni’ in Assamese) – the only man made forest in the world on 16th May, 2015.

ONGCHA, Assam Chapter Team
Travelling a stretching distance about 80 kms from the starting point, the ONGCHA team comprising 22 members had a fruitful interaction about forest conservation with the Forest Man at his Molai Kathoni, Kokilamukh, Jorhat district, Assam, India. In a short felicitation programme ONGCHA members presented him a folding chair and Trekking Hat. He acknowledged and appreciated the ONGCHA team for their unique tour on the mother earth in the eve of the forthcoming World Environment Day.

Nitya Dutta with Dr. Payeng
He stressed on tree plantation, the only way to protect human civilization. He also briefly told about invitation from United States of America with regard to forest conservation in due course.For arresting soil erosion on the banks of the river Brahmaputra in Assam, Dr. Jadav Payeng suggests for planting Coconut trees on both the banks from Sadiya to Dhubri of Assam. He stressed that tree plantation is mandatory during the months of May, June and July and while planting a sapling taking responsibility for the tree by a particular person is indispensable. According to him, big conferences should be organised not inside a conference hall, but at an open field to avoid taking carbon dioxide in respiration that produced for big gathering of people inside the hall.

The ONGCHA, Assam Chapter members visited the ‘Molai Forest’, crossed a part of the mighty Brahmaputra river. The team was led by the Chapter Working President, Shri P. R. Mili and the programme was executed by the Chapter Coordinator, Shri Nitya Dutta. The Coordinator stated that such kind of activities conducted by the ONGCHA, Assam Chapter is helping ONGC operations maintaining social correlation in the operational areas of ONGC, Assam Asset. He further, acknowledged the guidance and wholehearted support from the Management of ONGC, Assam Asset ascribing the name of Shri Budhin Deuri, ED-Asset Manager.

forest man of india, padmashree, Dr. Jadav Payeng
A part of Molai Kathoni
Shri Jadav Payeng has been honoured with Padmashree, the fourth highest civilian award given by the President of India in the year 2015.
He has been conferred with Honorary Ph. D. by Gauhati University during its 25th Convocation held on 30th March, 2015 in recognition of his work on environment. With single-handed efforts, dedication and commitment, Shri Jadav Payeng developed a sandbar of river Brahmaputra spread over an area of 550 hectares into forest by planting and nurturing trees.
Indian Institute of Forest Management honoured him in the month of October 2013 during annual event Coalescence.
Prof. Sudhir Kumar Sopory, Vice Chancellor of Jawaharla Nehru University, New Delhi named JadavPayeng as ‘Forest Man of India’ while he was honoured by the School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on 22 April 2012 for remarkable achievement.
He started foresting in the year 1979 on the sandbar of the river Brahmaputra at the location Kokilamukh, Baligaon, No.5 Spar, Jorhat, Assam.At present there are thousands of trees in his forest including bamboos. He is also known as Molai and on his name the forest is known as ‘Molai Forest’ (‘Molai Kathoni’ in Assamese).  Now his forest houses Bengal tigers, Indian rhinoceros, elephants, deer and rabbits. Molai forest is also home to apes and several varieties of birds including vultures.

A father of three children, Shri Payeng lives with his wife in a hut in the forest. He manages a farm of cattle and buffaloes and sells milk for his livelihood. He is always ready to manage the forest in a better way and his aim is to spread the forest to another sandbar inside the river Brahmaputra.
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