SILCHAR, Feb 5: Saraswati Smarak Samiti of Silchar has decided to confer honour on Usha Rani Barman for her commendable role and brave spirit in all adversities to encourage and inspire the 20 women of Chekarcham village under Soi police station located in Bhuvan hills, 45 km from here, who became widows following the killing of their men folk in the worst ethnic clashes which took place on March 31, 2003. Usha Rani Barman herself became a widow. But, she did not lose her spirit. With indomitable mind and heart, she dedicated herself to stand by the helpless widows of her village and made them self-reliant with the formation of self-help groups.
These widows not only regained their self-confidence but also overcame their shock and grief. For her dedicated services, the Samiti has decided to honour her with ‘Hiranmoyee th Choudhury memorial award’. In a press-meet held in the office of the Samiti, Krish Bhattacharjee and Rama Chakraborty said Samiti under Rashtra Sevika Samiti Trust has been working for the socio-economic development and also involved in various social services. It has been working for the spread and development of education among women, besides making them self-dependent through vocatiol courses and training.
For female students, particular stress is laid on free classes on embroidery as well as to impart education in general. Along with that, legal awareness is also being generated among them and are offered necessary legal advice where needed. It has been also pointed out that every year a woman for her distinguished services is honoured by Saraswati Smarak Samiti. It has also been disclosed that this year Usha Rani Barman will be honoured at a function to be held on February 8 in the premises of ‘Bhaktidham’ in Ambicapatty. It will be graced by Sunita Haldekar, all India functiory of Rashtra Sevika Samiti, as chief-guest.