Wildlife activist Purnima Devi Barman has been chosen for the Yamin Hazarika Woman of Substance Award-2018 for her exemplary contribution to the conservation of the greater adjutant stork or hargila. Barman has been working at Dadara, Pachariya and Singimari villages in Kamrup district to save the endangered hargila for years. Her conservation efforts have been recognised globally.
The award commemorating the life of iconic police officer from Assam, late Yamin Hazarika, honours women who have done notable work in different fields, and contributed to the larger good of society and inspired young girls. The award, in its fourth year now, will be presented at a function to be held at 4 pm on August 11 at Maria’s Public School, Birkuchi here. The earlier recipients of the award include author and journalist Indrani Raimedhi, athlete Tayabun Nisha and actor Moloya Goswami. A panel discussion on ‘Is social media dividing society rather than uniting it?’ will also be held on the occasion.
Yamin Hazarika was born in Guwahati to Sirajul Hussain Hazarika and Shameem Hazarika. She was a 1977-batch DANIPS (NCT of Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service) officer. She was a recipient of Nirman and Mahila Shiromani awards. As Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime against Women), Delhi Police, she was known for her impeccable track record in the force, including a three-month stint in Bosnia. She died on July 24, 1999 at the young age of 43.