Environmental activist from Assam Jadav Payeng, popularly called the ‘Forest Man’, was named as the 128th Commonwealth Points of Light Award winner.

Queen Elizabeth II has honoured Payeng for his exceptional voluntary service to environmental conservation, a spokesperson of the British Deputy High Commission said.

Based in Assam’s Jorhat district, 57-year-old Payeng has transformed a treeless sandbar along the Brahmaputra river into a 1,360-acre vibrant wildlife haven.

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.

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