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International Women's Day: President confers Nari Shakti Puraskars on 29 women

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New Delhi, Mar 08: On International Women's Day on Tuesday, President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Nari Shakti Puraskars on 29 outstanding individuals for 2020 and 2021.

International Womens Day: President Kovind to confer Nari Shakti Puraskars, PM Modi interacts with awardees

Twenty-eight awards -- 14 each for 2020 and 2021 -- were given to the women in recognition of their exceptional work towards women empowerment, especially the vulnerable and marginalised.

The Nari Shakti Puraskar is a Women and Child Development Ministry initiative to acknowledge exceptional contribution made by individuals and institutions, and to celebrate women as game-changers and catalysts of positive change in society.

Its recipients are from fields such as entrepreneurship, agriculture, innovation, social work, education and literature, linguistics, arts and crafts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), disability rights, merchant navy and wildlife conservation.

The latest awardees include social entrepreneur Anita Gupta, organic farmer and tribal activist Ushaben Dineshbhai Vasava, innovator Nasira Akhter, Intel-India head Nivruti Rai, down syndrome affected Kathak Dancer Saylee Nandkishor Agavane, first woman snake rescuer Vanita Jagdeo Borade and mathematician Neena Gupta.

On the eve of Women's Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the winners of Nari Shakti Puraskar on the eve of International Women's Day.

During the interaction, the prime minister praised the awardees for their work, adding they are contributing to society as well as the country.

He said while their work has a spirit of service, what is also clearly visible in their work is innovation. There is no sector now where women have not made their mark and made the country proud, Modi remarked.

The prime minister said the government is committed to working towards realizing the potential of women and is framing policies through which such potential can be identified.

It is important to ensure that all women become part of decision making at a family level which will follow as a result of their economic empowerment, he mentioned.
Modi talked about his government's focus on 'sabka prayas' during the celebration of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

He also said that the success of the efforts of the government, like vocal for local, is dependent on the contribution of women.

The awardees thanked the prime minister for giving them such a platform where they are being heard by the top leadership of the country.

They added that getting an opportunity to meet the prime minister and to interact with him was a dream come true for them and also praised the initiatives of the government.

The awardees include Merchant Navy captain Radhika Menon, social entrepreneur Anita Gupta, organic farmer and tribal activist Ushaben Dineshbhai Vasava, innovator Nasira Akhter, Intel-India head Nivruti Rai, down syndrome affected Kathak Dancer Saylee Nandkishor Agavane, first woman snake rescuer Vanita Jagdeo Borade and mathematician Neena Gupta.

The Nari Shakti Puraskar is an initiative of the Women and Child Development Ministry to acknowledge the exceptional contribution made by individuals and institutions and to celebrate women as game-changers and catalysts of positive change in society.

The recipients are from fields such as entrepreneurship, agriculture, innovation, social work, education and literature, linguistics, arts and crafts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), disability rights, merchant navy and wildlife conservation.

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