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President Ram Nath Kovind honoured 15 Women with ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’ for 2019- “National award for women”

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On March 8, 2020 President Ram Nath Kovind honoured 15 women with ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’(Women Shakti Award) for 2019 at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi. The award is conferred annually to eminent women and institutions in recognition of their service towards the cause of women empowerment & social welfare.Nari Shakti Puraskar for 2019i.This award is an initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Development(MWCD) to acknowledge the achievements of women for the nation & recognize their contributions towards society.

ii.The winners are from diverse fields namely; agriculture, sports, handicrafts, afforestation and wildlife conservation, Armed Forces and education.

iii.Awardee Bhageerathi Amma appointed a person on her behalf to receive the award due to her health issues.

iv.Those who received awards have contributed in safeguarding women’s rights & also pushed the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.

Awardees List


S.noNameKey AccomplishmentState
1Bina Devi or ‘Mushroom Mahila’Popularizing mushroom cultivationMunger , Bihar
2Padala BhudeviWorking for development of Tribal People Through a  CAVS (Chinnai Adhivasi Vikas Society), established in 1996 & also helped women to develop entrepreneurship..Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh
3Arifa JanRestored the culture and heritage of Jammu and Kashmir- Founder of Numdha HandicraftsSrinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
4Chami Murmu or ‘Lady Tarzan’ of JharkhandPlanted trees & protected local wildlifeRajnagar, SaraikelaKharsawan, Jharkhand
5Nilza WangmoFirst one to serve Ladakh cuisines in her Alchi Kitchen Restaurant &  represented Ladakhi recipes in 5-star hotels in IndiaLeh ,Ladakh
6Rashmi UrdhwardesheDevelopment of automobile technologiesPune, Maharashtra
7Sardarni Mann Kaur or ‘Miracle from Chandigarh'(103)Achievements in athleticsPatiala, Punjab
8Kalavati Devi- ‘lady mason’Built over 4000 toilets & & created awareness regarding the ills of open defecationKanpur,  Uttar Pradesh
9Tashi & Nungshi MalikFirst female twins to scale Mount Everest in 2013 & also are founders of Nungshi Tashi Foundation which aims to develop mountaineering as sport & to empower girls.Dehradun, Uttarakhand
10Kaushiki ChakrobortyKhayal and Thumri exponent.Kolkata, West Bengal
11Bhageerathi Amma(105) & Karthyayini Amma (96)Cleared the fourth standard equivalency examination & became the oldest equivalency course student of Kerala.


topped “Akshara Laksham”

in 2018 scoring 98/100 marks

Kollam, Alappuzha, Kerala
12AvaniChaturvedi,Bhawna Kanth & Mohana Singh Jitarwal (Indian Air Force)First Indian Women Pilots to take a solo flight in MIG-21 in 2018Rewa, Madhya Pradesh

Darbhanga, Bihar

Agra, Uttar Pradesh


About ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’:
It was established in 1991 by MWCD & 1st awarded in 1999. Every year on the occasion of  International Women’s Day the award is conferred by the President of India. It is considered as the National Award for Women.