Forest Man of India Jadhav Payeng, a resident of Assam also a forest department worker has been misinterpreted in the school textbooks of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary Education.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has taken up the matter seriously and raised his strong objection of such false information about a person who does not only work in the forest department but the pride of Assam as well.
Jadhav dedicated his life for the forest conservation and had been planting trees on a sandbar of the Brahmaputra River, and turned it into a forest over the years with his hard work and dedication.
Payeng became the ‘Forest Man of India’ after his extensive effort in forest conservation and a well-known face in the state and worldwide.
Payeng belongs to the missing tribe and certainly not from the Nomadic tribe as mentioned in the Maharashtra textbooks.
A group of ethnic Missing Community representative met with the Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal and urged him to take a strong step toward such erroneous description of ‘Forest Man’.
Assam Chief Minister Sonowal has assured the group leader of writing immediately to the Maharashtra Government and seek for the necessary correction at the earliest in the textbooks.