Recognizing her unrelenting efforts towards conservation of the greater adjutant storks, Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi felicitated environmentalist Purnima Devi Barman popularly known as “Hargila Lady” at a function held at Raj Bhavan on Monday.
Hailing the efforts of Purnima, Mukhi said, “Her unstinted efforts augur well for creating a congenial ambience and a friendly and sensible pool of human forces for conservation of greater adjutant storks”.
The governor said that Purnima’s mission is a source of encouragement for others to take conservation efforts for the greater adjutant storks altogether to a new height. He also said that the conservation efforts by Purnima and her team also rendered a fresh lease of life to adjutant stork which is an important constituent of environment.
Purnima submitted an action plan to the governor for endangered greater adjutant stork conservation in Assam. She proposed that the greater adjutant stork could be used symbolically for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Assam for the species’ potential to clean the environment.
Recently, in recognition to her works for conservation of greater adjutant stork, Purnima was awarded with “Nari Shakti Puraskar”, by President Ram Nath Kovind. Earlier, Purnima has also won the prestigious Whitely Awards which is also known as Green Oscars.
Purnima Devi Barman and her team are working towards safeguarding the endangered greater adjutant stork from extinction since the last 10 years, in villages like Dadara, Pachariya and Singimari in Kamrup district. Assam is the only stronghold of this species at present, with more than 75% of global population.