Lovlina, Covid warriors and agri-entrepreneurs among Assam’s biggest civilian winners
Tokyo Olympics medalist Lovlina Borgohain, Covid-19 warriors and agri-entrepreneurs were among 17 distinguished personalities who received Assam’s highest civilian honor on Monday.
Governor Jagdish Mukhi presented the awards at a ceremony held at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati. This is the first time that the government of Assam has introduced a new set of civilian awards modeled after the Padma awards.
Industrialist Ratan Tata, who was nominated for the highest honor – Assam Baibhav – and distinguished management guru Dipak Chand Jain, (named after Assam Saurav – the second highest honor) who could not attending the event would receive their prizes later.
“Today is a great day. The state’s highest civilian honors will be awarded to individuals, primarily from the grassroots and selected through a citizen-centered process, for their distinguished service to society. I hope this recognition will inspire others to the cause of building a new Assam,” Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted.
It’s a big day today. The state’s highest civilian honors will be awarded to individuals, primarily from the grassroots and selected through a citizen-centered process, for their distinguished service to society.
I hope the recognition will inspire others to the cause of building a new Assam. pic.twitter.com/UwfEZj6vXr
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) January 24, 2022
Besides Lovlina and Jain, eminent pedagogue and scientist Kamalendu Deb Krori, bureaucrat Dr S Lakshmanan and renowned artist Neel Pawan Baruah received the Assam Saurav awards.
Apart from a citation and a medal, the awards – Assam Baibhav, Assam Saurav and Assam Gaurav – have a cash component of Rs 5 lakh, Rs 4 lakh and Rs 3 lakh respectively.
Those who received the Assam Gaurav awards were Munindra Nath Ngatey, Dr Basanta Hazarika, Akash Jyoti Gogoi, Manoj Basumatary, Khorsing Terang, Boby Hazarika, Hemoprabha Chutia, Namita Kalita, Barmita Momin, Dharanidhar Boro, Kaushik Boruah, Kalpana Boro and Dr Asif Iqbal.
The first round of awards honored several of the state’s Covid-19 warriors. They included Dr Lakshmanan and Ngatey, bureaucrats who played a key role in carrying out Covid-19 measures and mass vaccination, and Dr Hazarika, who played a key role in preparing and carrying out the Covid-19 protocols and managed nearly 3,000 critical Covid-19 patients at Guwahati Medical College. Hospital.
Namita Kalita, an Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) who administered nearly 100,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine, and Barmita Momin, an Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) who provided 100% vaccination against Covid -19 in a village that had previously forced her to pay a fine as punishment for taking the vaccine were other Covid-19 warriors who were honoured.
Manoj Bausmatary, who established an ecosystem for pig farming as an industry in Assam, Kaushik Baruah, who is responsible for starting the export of fruits and vegetables produced in the state to Dubai and European markets, and Akash Jyoti Gogoi, who established one of the largest egg production unit in the North East was the Assam Gaurav award-winning agro-entrepreneurs.
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