Last year on September 3rd, we lost one of Northeast India noted social worker’s Binny Yanga. Known for her work for the welfare of weaker sections of society, the noted social worker died at a Guwahati hospital after prolonged illness.
Apart from being a social worker, Yanga also served National Planning Commission of India. She also founded the Oju Welfare Association, a society working for the welfare of the weaker sections of the society and campaigning against social illness such as child marriage, forced marriage and dowry.
In this article we look into the life of one of the greatest social workers from the Northeastern region.
Binny Yanga was born in 7th July 1958 to Binni Jaipu and Binni Yanya. She did her education at Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan and started her career as a teacher. During this period, she set up an adult education and nursery centre in 1979. This centre would later go on to become a shelter home for destitute girls.
In 1987, Yanga joined Arunachal Police Force. She was among the first batch of women officers were inducted. However only after a year in service, she resigned to enter social service full-time.
After making the switch to social service, Yanga registered the adult education and nursery centre she started as a society in 1988. Thus the Oju Welfare Association (OWA) was born. The OWA in order to disseminate free education maintains a school in Seppa. The school has a head count of 100 boys and girls. They also have a home for orphaned children named ‘Shishu Greh’. Not only that, the society also has a temporary place of residence with a capacity to house 45 destitute girls or women named ‘Short Stay Home’. They also run a CBSE-affiliated girls school in Tawang district.
In addition to that, Yanga organized social awareness campaigns and seminars on health and other issues and is also involved with the promotion of traditional crafts of India for which she has founded ‘Himgiri Multi-purpose Co-operative Society’, a marketing agency for the rural artisans.
Awards and Recognitions
Binny Yanga, a former member of National Planning Commission of India, was also an executive member of National Literacy Mission Authority and Khadi and Village Industries Commission. During her lifetime, she also served Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED), Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship and many more.
Yanga was a decorated social worker. For her efforts to rid the society of various social evils, she was a recipient of several awards. Notable among them were Dr. Durga Bai Deshmukh Award in 2000 followed by the COSIA Entrepreneur Award in 2009-10 from the Chamber of Small Industry Associations. Among them, the cherry on the cake being Padma Shri, which was conferred upon her in 2012 by the Government of India.