Lego conveys gratitude to PM Modi for recognizing her lifelong dedication

  • Guv congratulates on winning Padma Shri

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Apr 23: Arunachal herbalist Yanung Jamoh Lego was bestowed with Padma Shri, fourth-highest civilian award of India, by President Droupadi Murmu in Rastrpati Bhawan on Monday in “recognition for lifelong dedication.

After being conferred with the prestigious award, Lego, while talking to media persons, conveyed her gratitude and said that she has finally received recognition for her lifelong dedication to traditional healing practices.

“I am happy that I received it. I have reached here by working hard. I have been working in traditional healing system since 1995. I have dedicated my whole life in achieving this feat.

She thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for acknowledging her efforts in the field and said that she is grateful to achieve Padma Shri through years of hard work.

“I am very happy with the Govt led by PM Modi because of whom I received this recognition today. I do not have any political backing. I achieved it through hard work. I am very happy.

It may be recalled here that she has provided medical care to about 10,000 patients, educated about one lakh people on medicinal herbs and trained many self help groups in their use.

She usually plants around 5,000 medicinal herbs annually and promoted setting up of herbal kitchen gardens in every household across East Siang district. Despite financial constraints and personal challenges, she dedicated her life for revival of the lost age-old traditional healing system in Arunachal Pradesh, of her Adi tribe in particular.  She has been instrumental in keeping the traditional knowledge of herbal medicines alive.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. General (Retd) KT Parnaik, while congratulated her on Tuesday, said that it is a proud moment for all Arunachalees.

This prestigious award conferred on her is an honour to state’s indigenous herbal medicine experts, whose healing practices are safe, effective and ethically practiced. The award will go a long way in revival of traditional herbal treatment practices, which have been passed down by our forebears. (PRO)

Hailing from the Adi tribe in East Siang, Lego is an herbal medicine expert who, despite challenges, has devoted her life to the revival of the lost traditional healing system of our state.  Lego said that profit-making has never been her motive as she gets pleasure by helping patients at the herbal clinic she operates near here.

“Padma Shri award is not only a recognition of her undying effort, but with it comes a greater responsibility to do more for patients across the state and the country including patients from abroad”, said Lego. Addressing media at Pasighat, She also spoke about timely need to revive the traditional healing practices by using herbs and other naturally and traditionally available medicinal items which are available in the green forest of Himalayan mountains and valleys. She revived the traditional system of treatment in the state, particularly in the Siang belt.

Lego given warm reception

Our Correspondent adds: Lego was was given warm reception at her home by Adi Baane Kebang of East Siang district unit along with Anggong society, Lego Erang Kebang and Lego Welfare Society members at Pasighat on Tuesday.

Hailing from East Siang district, 58-year-old woman is a former deputy director of agriculture department who has been treating patients for last 30 years.

On being conferred with the Padma Shri, Lego expressed her gratefulness to the Govts of India and Arunachal Pradesh and her community people Adi Baane Kebang East Siang district unit, Adi Baane Ane Kebang East Siang district unit, Lego Welfare Society, Anggong society and youth of Sika Tode village for giving her warm reception.

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