Jadav Payeng Honoured by Queen Elizabeth, Wins '128th Commonwealth Points of Light Award'
GUWAHATI: Environmental activist from Assam Jadav Payeng, better known as the 'Forest Man of India', was named as the 128th Commonwealth Points of Light Award winner.
According to a spokesperson of the British Deputy High Commission, Queen Elizabeth II has honoured Payeng for his exceptional voluntary service to environmental conservation.
The British Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata Nick Low would felicitate Payeng on March 11.
Earlier, Padma Shri Jadav Payeng was conferred with the prestigious Swami Vivekananda Karmayogi Award on February 29 in New Delhi.
Padma Shri Jadav 'Molai' Payeng is an environment activist and forest worker from Jorhat. Over the course of past several years, he planted and tended trees on a sandbar of the river Brahmaputra turning it into a forest reserve.
It is to be mentioned here that the Points of Light Award recognises people across the 53 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond.