The Balipara Foundation Lifetime Service Award – B.M. Khaitan
B.M. Khaitan, the doyen of the tea industry is known throughout the country for his ethical and moral values and philanthropic way of life. His ingenious move of acquiring tea companies in Assam when several of the big players diluted their interest in plantations, ensured that the tea estates were in safe hands, before those with short-term ulterior motives could lay their hands on them. He has always given special importance to the preservation of natural habitats in and around the tea estates and has been involved in various programmes and initiatives to conserve biodiversity of the surrounding areas. He has helped carry out several much-needed soil conservation programmes. His invaluable support extended to the Assam Valley WildLife Society helped the Pygmy Hog and White Wood Duck conservation programmes that saw the revival of the almost disappearing populations of these species. Even today, at the age of 89 years, he shows incredible vision, zeal and enthusiasm to his work towards industry, environment, society and humanitarian issues. For B.M. Khaitan’s lifetime of magnanimous efforts towards conservation, he was conferred with The Balipara Lifetime Service award.