After serving in the State Bank of India for nearly four decades, Janardhan Hajowary retired from service recently. But unlike most other colleagues of his, he did not sit tight at home. He started a music school at Nowagaon in an interior area of Garchuk on the outskirts of Guwahati. The speciality of this school is that its students come from economically backward families and lessons are imparted to them free of cost.
Hajowary was a popular bhajan singer in his youth although his contact with the world of music was interrupted for a while after he became a branch manager in SBI. He shared his heart-warming story with his fellow colleagues at the monthly meeting of the SBI Pensioners Association (SBIPA) held at State Bank Learning Centre Guwahati on Saturday. Inspired by his example, other officers of SBI who were having musical instruments lying idle in their houses decided to boost Hajowary’s efforts by donating those instruments to his school named “Nowagaon Sangeet Vidyalaya.”
Earlier, at the outset of the meeting, Bhupen Kalita, general secretary of SBIPA, apprised the members about the latest developments in the provision of medical treatment facilities and medical insurance coverage to the members of SBIPA. Utpal Barua, former AGM SBI, proposed that printed copies of proceedings of monthly meetings be circulated to all members of SBIPA which was accepted by the house.
Three newly inducted members of the Association viz Dilip Kr Bhattacharya, Subash Ch Dutta, and Pulin Ch Phukan were introduced to the audience and they deliberated to share their experiences.
JP Saikia, former CGM Of SBI North Eastern Circle, requested the pensioners to be happy with the facilities that are available with them instead of lamenting over things that are elusive and not in hand. He said, “Pensioners of SBI are very lucky to have a forum like SBIPA that provides them a platform to meet and share ideas regularly besides involving in activities that helps the society.”
Among others who addressing the members were Ananda Buragohain, Abdul Ali, and PK Mahan. RK Sarma recited a self-composed poem titled “Mahimadanya Hobdo Moi.” Chakradhar Haloi shared his interesting story of establishing and running a “Laughing Club” in Guwahati which is rapidly growing in size.