MANGALDAI: Nam Kamakhya Lower Primary School at Silghat in Kaliabor subdivision of Nagaon district is situated amidst scenic beauty, surrounded by a tea garden near the elephant corridor. But the students and teachers of this school have been passing their days in fear as herds of wild pachyderms frequently damage the school building even during broad daylight. The cause of the attraction of these wild jumbos is believed to be the stored rice under the Mid-day Meal (MDM) scheme.
An inquisitive, young and smart cadre of Assam Civil Service, Barbie Hazarika joined the Kaliabor Subdivisional administration as an Assistant Commissioner and was also entrusted with the additional charge of the Block Elementary Education Officer. On being informed of this major problem, Barbie Hazarika talked to wildlife activist ‘Green Heritage Hero’ Bibhuti
Prasad Lahkar of Aaranayk- a premier non-government organization on nature and wildlife. Bibhuti Lahkar took conservationists Rob Amnet and Tony of the Centre for Large Landscape Conservation of Montana University in the USA to the school during their visit to the area. Both the conservationists, after their return to USA, arranged an amount of one thousand US dollars from their relatives and friends and sent the amount for construction of a solar power fencing in the school campus.
On completion of the construction of the fencing, Additional Deputy Commissioner-cum-Subdivisional Officer (Civil) of Kaliabor Subdivision, Bitopan Neog ceremonially dedicated it for the students and the teachers at a well-attended function organized in the school on Friday.
“We the people of Kaliabor subdivision area are highly thankful to the benevolence of eminent conservationists Rob Amnet and Tory. The power fencing is expected to protect the lives of the students and teachers but it will do no harm to the visiting pachyderms,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner Bitopan Neog in his inaugural speech.
He also appreciated the initiative of Aaranyak. Dr. Bibhuti Prasad Lahkar, wildlife activist, media person Bhargab Kumar Das and Honorary Wildlife Warden of Golaghat, Uttam Saikia addressed the function in presence of media persons Ganesh Dutta, Hitesh Hazarika and Gautam. Assistant Commissioner Minakshee Permey read out the letter of citation to be offered with love and gratitude to Rob Amnet and Tory.
Earlier, Sangita Pujari of Block Elementary Education Office explained the objectives of the function while Head Mistress of the school, Bobby Hazarika accorded a rousing welcome to all the guests.