Indira Gandhi NSS awards for 2006-07 announced

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New Delhi, Jan 10 (UNI) The Indira Gandhi National Service Scheme Awards (IGNSS Awards) for 2006-07 will be distributed to 15 people for their exemplary service to the community on January 16.

The awards will be given by the Governor of Tamil Nadu during the closing ceremony of the 13th National Youth Festival being held at Chennai.

This year, the highest award has gone to Mr Krishna Dutta Rao Shinde, Programme Coordinator Directorate of Vocational Education and Training, Mumbai. He will receive Rs one lakh in cash, a shield and scroll.

For the first time, an award is being presented posthumously to Jagdish, a volunteer from National Pre-University College, Barko, Karnataka, who died during a special NSS camp in Karnataka. He died while trying to plug a breach in a river, which was inundated during flood. The award will be received by his 75-year-old father Vittal Markal.

Instituted by the Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry in 1993-94, the awards are given to NSS volunteers, Programme Officers and Programme Coordinators for services rendered while they were studying in schools and colleges.

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