Bachaspatimayum Chaoba Sharma, talented bow maker from Manipur was presented with the first Governor’s Innovation Award by Najma Heptulla at the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan in Imphal. The award carries a citation, a trophy and Rs 50,000. Chaoba, a resident of Brahmapur Nahabam in Imphal East district, specializes in manufacturing archery equipments. He was once a junior engineer in the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, which was recently renamed as Water Resource Department.
Governor Heptulla praised Chaoba’s work and said that the wood and bamboo bows made by him will be accessible to most archers as they are very affordable. Moreover, the quality will serve the purpose of practice for national and international events. Very light compared to the steel bows and arrows, their prices are within the affordable range of between Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000. It needs to be mentioned that the imported steel bows used by archers in international and national competitions cost above Rs 2 lakh.
The award aim to help bring out many entrepreneurs in the State. The ‘Governor’s Innovation Award’ will not be limited to any field. The award, which is from Governor’s discretionary fund, will be given annually.