Jadav Payeng: the Forest Man of India

Jadav Payeng the Forest Man of India

His name is Jadav Molai Payeng, the forest man of India. He earned this title by planting trees over 30 years of his life. He started planting trees at the age of 16. By now he has created 1360+ acres of a man-made forest.

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He spent 36 years of his life creating a forest on the Majuli Island in the district Assam, India without becoming famous. His forest is now a home of 100-110 elephants, 4-6 Royal Bengal Tigers, one Horned Rhino and other species.

The government came to know about his efforts in 2008. Later they honor Jadav Molai Payeng with Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award in India. Not only that also named the forest as the “Molai” forest after his creator.

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Shri Jadav Payeng, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 08, 2015.
The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Shri Jadav Payeng, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 08, 2015. Image credit: President’s Secretariat 

In addition, I want to put some light on his personal life too. He belongs to a missing tribe in Assam and he has a family of 4 members. They all live together in a small hunt in the forest.

After all this maybe you are thinking about what he does for a living?

He sells milk and has a little farm near his home. These are the only source of there family income.

Above all, what I like most about Jadav Molai Payeng is that he never complains. He too lost cows and buffaloes in the forest, even wild elephants crashed his house many times but he never stopped. He keeps fighting with climate change and deforestation.

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