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Celebrating International Women’s Day Nari Shakti Puraskaar 2020 and 2021 Announced

On International Women’s Day, The Honourable President Will Confer Prestigious Nari Shakti Puraskars To 29 Outstanding Individuals For The Years 2020 and 2021

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As part of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the week-long celebrations of International Women’s Day started on 1st March, 2022 in New Delhi. The culmination of week-long events will witness conferment of Nari Shakti Puruskar for the years 2020 and 2021 by the Honourable President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind at a special ceremony to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on 8th March, 2022. The award ceremony for the year 2020 could not be held in 2021 due to prevalent situation created by COVID-19 pandemic.

The Honourable Prime Minister of India will also be having an interactive session with the Awardees to applaud their efforts and to inspire the masses to work for and excel in areas relating to women empowerment.

In all, 28 awards (14 each for the year 2020 and 2021) will be presented to 29 individuals in recognition of their exceptional work in rendering distinguished services towards empowerment of women, especially vulnerable and marginalized women.

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

These achievers have not allowed age, geographical barriers or access to resources to come in the way of fulfilling their dreams. Their indomitable spirit will inspire the society at large and the young Indian minds in particular to break gender stereotypes, and stand up against gender inequality and discrimination. These awards are an effort to recognize women as equal partners in the advancement of society.

The winners of the Nari Shakti Puraskar for the year 2020 are from fields as diverse as entrepreneurship, agriculture, innovation, social work, arts and crafts, STEMM, and wildlife conservation, etc. The winners of the Nari Shakti Puraskar for the year 2021 are from the fields of linguistics, entrepreneurship, agriculture, social work, arts and crafts, Merchant Navy, STEMM, education and literature, disability rights, etc.

The list of awardees is below:

Nari Shakti Puruskar 2020

Sl. NoNameState/ UTDomain
Anita GuptaBiharSocial Entrepreneur
Ushaben Dineshbhai VasavaGujaratOrganic farmer & Tribal Activist
Nasira AkhterJammu & KashmirInnovator – Environmental Conservation
Sandhya DharJammu & KashmirSocial Worker
Nivruti RaiKarnatakaCountry Head, Intel India
Tiffany BrarKeralaSocial Worker – Working for Blind people
Padma YangchanLadakhRevived the lost cuisine & clothing in Leh region
Jodhaiya Bai BaigaMadhya PradeshTribal Baiga Art Painter
Saylee Nandkishor AgavaneMaharashtraDown syndrome affected Kathak Dancer
Vanita Jagdeo BoradeMaharashtraFirst Women Snake Rescuer
Meera ThakurPunjabSikki Grass Artist
Jaya Muthu, Tejamma  (Jointly)Tamil NaduArtisans – Toda embroidery
Ela Lodh (Posthumous)TripuraObstetrician & Gynecologist
Arti RanaUttar PradeshHandloom Weaver & Teacher

Nari Shakti Puruskar 2021


Sathupati Prasanna SreeAndhra PradeshLinguist – preserving minority tribal languages
Tage Rita TakheArunachal PradeshEntrepreneur
Madhulika RamtekeChhattisgarhSocial Worker
Niranjanaben Mukulbhai KalarthiGujaratAuthor & Educationist
Pooja SharmaHaryanaFarmer & Entrepreneur
Anshul MalhotraHimachal PradeshWeaver
Shobha GastiKarnatakaSocial Activist – Working for ending Devadasi system
Radhika MenonKeralaCaptain Merchant Navy – First woman to receive award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea from IMO
Kamal KumbharMaharashtraSocial Entrepreneur
Sruti MohapatraOdishaDisability Rights Activist
Batool BegamRajasthanMaand & Bhajan Folk Singer
Thara RangaswamyTamil NaduPsychiatrist & Researcher
Neerja MadhavUttar PradeshHindi Author – working for rights for transgenders and Tibetan refugees
Neena GuptaWest BengalMathematician

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