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Contributions of Ramesh Chandra Saharia recalled 

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TANGLA, Feb 8: Commemorating the 32nd death anniversary of Ramesh Chandra Saharia, a memorial lecture was held on Wednesday at RC Saharia Teachers’Training College, Tangla.  Ramesh Chandra Saharia had been a well known philantrophist, educationist and politician from undivided Darrang district. He served the Tangla High School as its Headmaster for 14 long years till his entry into the State Legislative Assembly as an MLA from Panery LAC  in 1972. During this period, he devoted much of his time to the spread of education and provided social service in the educatiolly backward tribal areas of Tangla. He also served as Home Minister of Assam.  The memorial lecture ceremony was iugurated by Anupam Chowdhury, ADC Udalguri. In his keynote speech, Chowdhury offered tribute to Sahariah for his philanthropic activities. Earlier, the programme initiated with floral tributes to the portrait of RC Saharia. The programme was organized by Ramesh Chandra Saharia Memorial Committee and Education Trust. Attending the memorial lecture as appointed speaker, Dr Abani Kumar Bhagawati spoke on the topic ‘Environmental Problems of Assam: Status and probable solution’. Bhagawati  remarked, “The major countries of the world have united for protecting mother ture.” He further stated that rapid decline population of endemic species such as Pygmy Hog, Greater Adjutant Stork and one-horned Rhinoceros were indicators of degrading environment and a threat to the survival of mankind. Bhagawati further added, “Today’s generation scores good marks but lacks ethical knowledge.  Students have only bookish knowledge but they need to get enriched in all ares.” Bhagawati also observed that rivers were important indicators of environmental problems. He said that Congo River of South Africa was regarded as the world’s cleanest as the river and its tributaries flow through the Congo Rainforest and remains untouched by human habitation. Mississippi of USA is the most tainted coastal ecosystem in the world and one of the most polluted rivers in the world.  Former MLA and former chairperson of Woman Commission of Assam,  Mridula Saharia in her  speech recalled the contribution of her husband and his vision of building educatiol institutions  while explaining the present activities of Ramesh Saharia Memorial Education Trust. Other distinguished guests included Kamala Kanta Saharia, Professor of Assam Agricultural University and Binoy Kr. Medhi, former Professor of Tangla College. The memorial function was also addressed by Dr Dipankar Saharia, Director, TERI University, Guwahati campus, who offered the vote of thanks.

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