Mail News Service
Jamshedpur: Chakulia resident and Padma Shri Awardee Jamuna Tudu, the lady with a determined mission to save trees and forests, was today honoured by East Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar who presented her with an anga vastram and memento.
Jamuna Tudu is a resident of Bedadih village in the Chakulia forest range. She formed a Mahila Samiti that took the responsibility of protecting the forests and took up cudgels against wood mafias.
Her bravery has earned her the nick name, �Lady Tarzan.� Noticing her dedicated drive to save forests, the central government awarded her the prestigious Padma Shri.
Jamuna Tudu revealed that she had inherited the lover for jungles from her father. �Actually I was reared in the jungle and the love for the trees and plants grew naturally within me. I love every tree as my own child,� she said.
She also mentioned that on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan she makes it a point to tie the sacred Rakhi to plants. �This I do to reaffirm my commitment to protect the jungles,� Jamuna stated.
Jamuna and her Mahila Samiti team continue to protect 50 hectares of forest land in and around their area.
Jamuna Tudu who had started the movement to save forests 17 years ago, is the perfect example of a hero who does not fight and injure the enemy but is dedicated to saving life � saving forests.