| Dr Pannalal Oswal Memorial Committee secretary Bimal Oswal speaks at the meeting in Dhubri on Wednesday. Telegraph picture |
Dhubri, Nov. 14: The celebration of Children’s Day has come as a welcome relief for Dhubri following the July riots.
The riots began in BTAD districts and spilled over to neighbouring districts in lower Assam, including Dhubri.
However, many local organisations, including Dr Pannalal Oswal Memorial Committee, Dhubri Moina Parijat and Biswanabin Bharat Sangha, today held programmes to celebrate Children’s Day in Dhubri where social welfare activities have come to halt in the town following tension that has been prevailing for quite some time.
Dr Pannalal Oswal Memorial Committee celebrated the day with children from economically backward section.
The committee has been doing this since 2000 as Children’s Day coincides with the birthday of renowned physician and social worker Pannalal Oswal.
Speaking at the meeting organised jointly by the memorial committee and Biswanabin Bharat Sangha at E&D office ground here, the president of the Sangha, Dipak Kumar Saha, recalled the contributions made by Oswal. “Pannalal Oswal had been always stood by the weaker section of society and apart from his vast field of social work.”
The memorial meeting was presided over by retired lecturer of Bholanath College, Devendra Nath Sarma.
Ashok Dewan, a retired income tax officer who helped Oswal with his social work, said though Oswal was no more, his son Bimal and his grandson Hemant were following in Oswal’s footsteps and carrying on his work.
The committee distributed educational kits, biscuits and soap among 100 children from Balurchar and students of primary classes of Sishu Pathsala LP School.
Earlier, a host of people paid floral tribute to Pannalal Oswal at Dhubri Lion’s Club auditorium.
In a separate programme organised by Dhubri district unit of the BJP today, the party members paid tribute to Oswal.Dhubri Moina Parijat also celebrated Children’s Day on its office premises with a programme, including an art competition and a cultural procession in the town.