Meghalaya’s First Padmashree Awardee passes away at 103

Kong Silverine Swer (12 November,1910- 1 February, 2014)

Kong Silverine Swer (12 November,1910- 1 February, 2014)

Shillong, February 2, R M Warjri: Smti. Silverine Swer (103) also fondly known as Kong Sil, a Padmashri awardee,  passed away peacefully on 1st February 2013 at her home in  Shillong. Incidentally she was acknowledged as the oldest voter of the state. In 2010 she was felicitated by the then Governor of Meghalaya Shri Ranjit Mooshahary at Raj Bhawan when she turned 100.

Born to a Christian tribal family in November 12, 1910, Kong Sil Swer was a graduate (BA. BT) from Calcutta University and started her career from 1932. In various capacities, she had served both under government and non-government organization.

In her illustrious career she held positions such as, Assistant Controller of Rationing from 1944-1945 during the World War – II period under Assam government, served in Arunachal Pradesh under erstwhile NEFA government from 1953 -1969 for 15 years as Chief Social Education Organizer, Assistant Education Officer, Pioneering Principal of the Teacher Training Insitute at Changlang Tirap district and retired from service in 1968.

Even after retirement Kong Sil was passionately involved with various women voluntary social welfare organizations and governing bodies of schools, colleges and co-operative societies.

For her long years of committed service, in 1990 she received the Padmashree Award from the then President of India V Venkataraman.

Other awards included, tan award from RG Buruah Smriti Rakhya Samiti, Guwahati, Assam, awarded to eminent persons of North East who have rendered invaluable service to the North East on October 17, 1994; the Patogan Sangma Award for social service (1990), the Silver Elephant Medal of the Bharat Scout & Guides Award presented by Late Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed – president of India and the Kaisar- I – Hind Medal for handling the difficult problems of rationing system with ability and integrity and for many years of service to the Girl Guide Movement, Assam.