Guwahati: The LB Group celebrated its 50th anniversary with a ‘plantation day’ to spread awareness about environmental issues in Guwahati, Assam on Saturday.
The group distributed around 400 plants to students, nearby villagers and people attending the programme to show their support.
Founded in 1969 as a small proprietorial firm, the LB group of companies has emerged as a successful, diversified business house under local Assamese ownership. Dipok Kumar Barthakur, the founder chairman of the group, instead of choosing a government job or foreign shores, opted to serve his local community by starting a business in pharmaceuticals from his backyard.
Padma Shri Jadav ‘Molai’ Payeng, popularly known as the “forest man of India”, and Poornima Devi Barman, who is known as the “Hargila Lady”, were the chief guests in the event.
Speaking to EastMojo, Barman said, “I am really honoured to be here today. Its plantation day is a new approach and I really love this. I wish them success in their future.”
“Today, they organised this event to spread awareness among people on saving the environment. All I want to say is that we should be more action-oriented towards mother nature and we should team up together and try to save our nature and its endangered species,” added Barman.
The LB Group also hosted an art competition where the special invitees were children from Hafiznagar Slum Development Initiative under UTSAH. They also honoured the meritorious students who secured a rank in their educational institutions.
LB Group chief executive officer (CEO) Dr Nivedita Barthakur Sondhi said: “Today is a very special day for LB Group. It is one of the few indigenous groups in Assam which has its roots very much in the soil of Assam and NorthEast and we are very proud and conscious of it.”
“2019 is very special for us. The inauguration programme was in January, which was held at ITA, Machkhowa. Since then, we have tried to do a meaningful programme every month which sensitises society to certain perennial issues,” Barthakur said, adding: “We believe that if we take the community along with us, we will certainly create some sort of sensitisation among them. Overall, it is a very momentous and very special day for us.”
The LB Group had a vision to work to the strength of this region’s bountiful natural resources and leverage these to create a value-added portfolio of industries and services. In all of these, LB Group has always strived to provide honest and best quality services to its customers and principals, while contributing to the local economy with steadfast zeal and courage despite challenging local conditions.
LB Group chairperson Dr Indira Barthakur added: “We had many ups and down since Dipak Kumar Barthakur started this group. We established this factory with the sole purpose to serve society and today we have completed 50 glorious years. So, here we are celebrating with different programmes with a goal to increase tree plantation so that the earth remains green forever.”