Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptullah honoured 25 traditional artisans from Manipur by conferring the Rashtriya Swayamsiddh Samman on them. All of the honoured artisans were above 65 years of age. Among the 25 artisans, 6 were women.
The Rashtriya Swayamsiddh Samman awards are organized by steel major Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) Foundation to recognize individuals and organizations that are leading the social change on ground, from across various social sectors. The award consists of a citation, shawl and a cash award.
The objective behind constituting the award is to identify, reward and recognize, grass-roots leaders and social innovators in India across the broad areas such as rural development, health, education, women empowerment, public service/ social service, entrepreneurship, art and craft, innovation & technology, livelihood/vocational, and environment skills through a robust process of jury meetings at regional and national levels.
It is expected that the award will further motivate other individuals and organizations to contribute towards improving lives through sustainable interventions at grass roots levels.
Speaking on the occasion, the newly appointed Governor said she acknowledged the contribution made by Manipuri artisans in the fields of art, culture and sports. Thanking the President and the Prime Minister for appointing her as the governor of the state, Dr. Heptulla commended the effort of the steel major in promoting Indian tradition across the globe.
Dr. Heptulla further remarked she had deep respect for the contribution of the true “gurus” who preserved the ancient Indian tradition of “teacher-student relationships” since the days of British rule and prior to the advancement in technology. Meanwhile, Shallu Jindal, President of the Foundation stated she specially organised “Swayamsiddh Samman” at Imphal after learning the dedication by traditional artisans.