Ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi
A view of the programme.

Ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi attended a Covid relief programme in Dibrugarh organised to mark the 88th birth anniversary of late Shanti Gogoi, founder president of Socio-Educational Welfare Association (SEWA) and mother of the former CJI.

The programme was organised by Socio-Educational Welfare Association (SEWA) in a hotel at Dibrugarh.

Multi-purpose financial assistance of Rs 3,000 was provided to 80 Covid affected families of Dibrugarh Urban on the occasion.

The Covid affected families were selected following a due diligence process with the help of the state health department.

Further, another 80 poor and vulnerable families were provided dry food, ration and hygiene kits.

Earlier, during the same programme, a total of 4,000 beneficiaries were served cooked food at Assam Medical College Hospital.

The ceremonial relief distribution programme was chaired by Dibrugarh district development commissioner Partha Pratim Boiragi.

Among other dignitaries present, the function was also graced by ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi, his wife Rupanjali
Gogoi, former Asom Sahitya Sabha president Dr Nagen Saikia and SEWA president Nandita Hazarika.

On the occasion of the 88th birth anniversary of late Shanti Gogoi, the founder president of SEWA, eminent citizens of Dibrugarh including Dr Raji Konwar, ex-Principal of DHSK College, Dr Nazrana Ahmed, senior advocate and chairperson of ATPA, were present.

Assistant Professor at DHSK College, Dr Partha Ganguly,  recalled Shanti Gogoi’s excellent leadership qualities and the numerous initiatives taken under her guidance for a better future of the marginalised sections of the society.

Her contributions towards the upliftment of society were fondly remembered.

Partha Pratim Boriagi in his speech as the chief guest paid glowing tributes to Shanti Gogoi and recalled her sterling qualities of head and heart.

He termed her as a visionary, who in 2000 formed the Socio-Educational Welfare Association (SEWA) and worked towards the upliftment of poor and vulnerable communities in order to make this world a better place to live in.

He also appreciated the initiatives taken by SEWA during the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic.

Dr Nagen Saika spoke on the social activities initiated by Shanti Gogoi and her contributions to the literary field.

She authored a total of four books.

Her work for empowering women through the organisation SEWA was also recalled as well as her home-maker qualities which brought her the Labanya Hazarika Adarsha Matri Award in 2013.

During the meeting, SEWA also announced its Covid Emergency Response programme where SEWA will provide Rs 7500 as financial assistance to 52 poor and marginalized farmers to revive their farm activity during the upcoming Rabi season.

A total of 270 poor and marginalized women farmers will also be provided financial assistance to overcome the adverse economic impact caused by the pandemic.

Apart from this, 30 women will be trained for babysitters service.

SEWA also targets to provide psychosocial support to 4,000 Covid19-impacted tea plantation workers in Assam.

The SEWA COVID Emergency Response Programme is supported by Give2Asia USA.

In connection with the birth anniversary day of founder, SEWA announced the launching of SEWA WASH project which will construct 400 toilets and 87 water points for the tea estate workers in Assam with support from TWININGS.

Arfan Hussain, vice president of SEWA, hosted the meeting and offered thanks to Give2Asia for supporting SEWA in Covid Emergency Relief Programme and also offered thanks to Dibrugarh district administration for providing support in SEWA COVID Emergency Response work.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com