The award carrying Rs 51 lakhs was presented by the director of Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM).
Speaking at the award ceremony, Dr. MK Choudhury stated that Sharmila is one of the unique and bravest women in the country who stands for the society. He described her as a symbol of peace, courage and sacrifice.
Social activist, Sharmila said, the cash would be donated for the Womens' Welafare and children who have been the victims of child trafficking in the state.
Sharmila began her fast after the Assam Rifles killed 10 people at Malom village in Imphal valley.