Nari Shakti Puraskar

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Nari Shakti Puraskar
Civilian award for Women's activism
Sponsored by Government of India
Reward(s) 300,000
First awarded Instituted in 1991

Nari Shakti Puraskar (formally Stree Shakti Puraskar) (Women Power Award) is a series of India's national honours conferred on individual women for their exceptional achievement. The award is given in six categories, by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. It recognises the spirit of courage of a woman in difficult circumstances, who has established this spirit of courage in her personal or professional life. The award also recognises the pioneering contribution of an individual in empowering women and raising women's issues.[1]

Instituted in 1991, the award is conferred by the President on the occasion of International Women's Day, 8 March every year at New Delhi. The award carries a cash prize of rupees one lakh (Rs. 100,000) and a certificate.[2]

President of India Pranab Mukherjee bestowing the 2012 Rani Lakshmibai Stree Shakti Puraskar posthumously on Delhi gang rape victim Nirbhaya.[3]

For the year 2012, the award was posthumously bestowed on the 2012 Delhi gang rape victim Nirbhaya.[4]

Awards[edit]

President of India Pranab Mukherjee bestowing the 2013 Rani Lakshmibai Stree Shakti Puraskar on Manasi Pradhan at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on 8 March 2014.[5]
Gargi Gupta & other awardees of Nari Shakti Puraskar 2017 [6] with Minister Ms. Maneka Gandhi

The award is named after eminent women in Indian history, and is given in the following categories:[1][7]

  • Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Award: named after Ahilyabai Holkar, 18th-century ruler of Malwa kingdom
  • Kannagi Award: named after Kannagi, a legendary Tamil woman
  • Mata Jijabai Award: named after Mata Jijabai, mother of Shivaji, who founded the Maratha Empire in the 17th century
  • Rani Gaidinliu Zeliang Award: named after Rani Gaidinliu, a 20th-century Naga spiritual and political leader
  • Rani Lakshmi Bai Award: named after Rani Lakshmi Bai, the Queen of Jhansi
  • Rani Rudramma Devi Award (for both men and women): named after Rudrama Devi, a 13th-century ruler of Deccan Plateau

History[edit]

To recognise exemplary achievement in individual women, the Government of India in 1991 instituted the Stree Shakti Puraskar.[8]

1999 recipients[edit]

Madurai Chinna Pillai was awared Nari shakti Puraskar award for her intent efforts towards initiating, spreading microcredit movement and changing the lives of thousands of women living under poverty. Then-Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee bowed down in respect and touched her feet while presenting her with the award.

2013 recipients[edit]

Manasi Pradhan, Dr. M. Venkaiah, Bina Sheth Lashkari, T. Radha, K. Prashanti, Dr. Vartika Nanda, Dr. Seema Sakhare.

2015 recipients[edit]

Sr. Lucy Kurien, Dr. (Smt) Saurabh Suman, Basanti Devi, Suparna Baksi Ganguly, Meena Sharma, Preeti Patkar, Uttara Padwar, Polumati Vijaya Nirmala, Vasu Primalni,Sujata Sahu, Jyoti Mhapsekar, Sumita Ghosh, Anjali Sharma, Krishna Yadav, Shakuntala Majumdar.

2016 recipients[edit]

2017 recipients[6][edit]

  • Ms. Gargi Gupta
  • Dr. Sindhutai Sapkal Sundaresan
  • Ms. Gauri Maulekhi
  • Navika Sagar ParikramaINSV Tarini Team - Combined Award to Lt. Cdr Vartika Joshi, Lt. Cdr Pratibha Jamwal, Lt. Cdr Patarpalli Swathi, Lt. Aishwarya Bodapatti, Lt. SH Vijaya Devi and Lt. Payal Gupta.
  • Dr. Malvika Iyer
  • R Umadevi Nagaraj
  • Ms Thinlas Chorol
  • Dr. S. Siva Sathya
  • Beti Zindabad Bakery
  • Ms. Mittal Patel
  • Ms. Sabarmatee
  • Ms. Jayamma Bandari
  • Ms. K. Syamalakumari
  • Vanastree
  • Dr. Lizymol Philipose Pamadykandathil
  • Ms. Chirom Indira
  • Ms. Urmila Balawant Apte
  • Ms. Deepika Kundaji
  • Ms. Purnima Barman
  • Dr. Anita Bharadwa
  • Ms. Ambica Beri
  • Ms. Pushpa Girimaji
  • AVANI Organization
  • Shrujan
  • Dr. C.K. Durga
  • Ms. Rekha Mishra
  • Ms. Mehvish Mushtaq
  • Karuna Society for Animals and Nature
  • One Stop Centre, Raipur
  • Millet Network of India
  • State of Punjab
  • Ms. Madhu Jain
  • Ms. Jetsun Pema
  • Dr. M.S. Sunil
  • Ms. Sheela Balaji
  • Anuradha Krishnamoorthy and Ms.Namrata
  • Justice Gita Mittal

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stree Shakti Puraskar" (PDF). Ministry of Women and Child Development. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  2. ^ "Press Information Bureau". Government of India. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
  3. ^ "Stree Shakti Award for Nirbhaya". Daily News and Analysis. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  4. ^ "President gives Stree Shakti awards on International Women's Day". Yahoo News India. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  5. ^ "laws alone cant come to women's rescue". The Hindu. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Nari Shakti Puraskar". TOI. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Women's Award". Ministry of Women and Child Development. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  8. ^ "Worthy women, please stand up". The Telegraph (Calcutta). 14 February 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2014.

External Links[edit]

"Nari Shakti Puraskars- National Award for Women-Guidelines"