Yashadamini Award conferred on 8 women
08 Jul 2009 12:00am IST
PANJIM, JULY 7 Minister for Women and Child Development, Ravi Naik presented the prestigious 'Yashadamini Puraskar 2009? to eight women instituted by the Directorate of Women and Child Development in recognition of their outstanding contribution in the field of art and culture, sports, social work/ cooperative movement,
PANJIM, JULY 7
Minister for Women and Child Development, Ravi Naik presented the prestigious 'Yashadamini Puraskar 2009” to eight women instituted by the Directorate of Women and Child Development in recognition of their outstanding contribution in the field of art and culture, sports, social work/ cooperative movement, women empowerment and literature at a function held at Rajiv Gandhi Kala Mandir, Ponda on Tuesday.
The recipient of the awards were Vimal Dinanath Dabholkar and Anita Kundatkar (art and culture), Monica Lobo Dourado and Claudia S Vaz (sports), Manisha J Naik and Amol Krishna Morajkar (social work/ cooperative movement), Nelly Rodrigues (women empowerment) and Dr Jayanti Naik (literature). The award carries a cash prize of Rs 10,000 each and a silver salvar. Sheela Kavlekar, a retired Mukha Sevika was also presented a special award on the occasion for the services rendered by her.
Shailendra Shinkre, chairperson of Ponda Municipal Council, A K Wasnik, Secretary Women and Child Development, Dr Pramod Salgaonkar, chairperson of Goa State Women Commission and Samira Kaji, chairperson of Goa State Commission for protection of Child Rights were present.
Addressing a large number of women, Ravi Naik said that government started presenting the 'Yashadamini Puraskar' from the year 2001 for eminent Goan women who have excelled in diverse field. In the past, 56 women have been presented this puraskars, he said.
Speaking further, Naik said women constitute 50 per cent of the population of the country and if a woman gets educated than it helps for the development of a family, village, state and the country. Besides acquiring educational knowledge, women should also be socially educated to serve the society and earn a name and fame in social field, he said.
Naik referred to the budget presented by the Union Government and touched upon the areas to be accorded thrust by the Government like infrastructure and social sector.
He complimented the recipients of Yashadamini Puraskar and asked them to continue their services in future.
A K Wasnik, Dr Pramod Salgaonkar and Sameera Kaji who spoke on the occasion said that women can do wonders with their capabilities and at the same time they lauded the exemplary work done by the awardees of Yashadamini puraskar.
Manisha Naik, Amol Morajkar, Nelly Rodrigues, Dr Jayanti Nayak and Sheela Kavlekar thanked the government for honouring them. They said that this puraskar will inspire them to do better in their respective fields in future.
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