The Nari Shakti Puraskar is a yearly award conferred to individual women or institutions for their outstanding contribution to women's empowerment. It is the initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.
The President of India presents the Nari Shakti Puraskar on International Women's Day (8th March) each year at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. The award is the country's highest civilian honour for women.
Facts About Nari Shakti Puraskar
The Nari Shakti Puraskar is awarded in six institutional and two individual categories, carrying a cash prize of two lakh and one lakh rupees respectively.
Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Award
Best private or public organization in promoting women's welfare.
Kannagi Devi Award
Best state at improving Child Sex Ratio (CSR)
Mata Jijabai Award
Best urban local body providing services and facilities to women
Rani Gaidinliu Zeliang Award
Civil society organizations (CSO) for their outstanding work toward women's well-being and welfare.
Rani Lakshmi Bai Award
Best institution for research and development in women empowerment.
Rani Rudramma Devi Awards
Two District Panchayats and two Gram Panchayats for their work related to Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana, and other women's welfare schemes.
- Award for courage and bravery
- Awards for outstanding contributions to women's endeavour and empowerment, community work, or making a difference.
Nari Shakti Puraskar History
The Nari Shakti Puraskar was first instituted in 1999 with the name Stree Shakti Puraskar. They carried a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a citation. They were presented under the same categories as Nari Shakti Award.
The first awards were presented to five women on 4th January 2001 by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. The recipients were:
- V. Rabiya of Malappuram district, Kerala
- Chinna Pillai of Madurai, Tamil Nadu
- Brahmacharini Kamala Bai of Nagaur district, Rajasthan
- Kinkri Devi of Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh
- Kumari Lalita Pradkar of Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh
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Nari Shakti Puraskar 2022
President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Nari Shakti Puraskar on 8th March 2022 for the years 2020 and 2021 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. The award ceremony was not held in 2021 due to the Covid-19 situation.
A total of 28 awards were given to 29 women, 14 each for 2020 and 2021. Below is the list of awardees:
Nari Shakti Puruskar 2020
Ushaben Dineshbhai Vasava
Organic farmer and Tribal Activist
Jammu & Kashmir
Innovator - Environmental Conservation
Jammu & Kashmir
Country Head, Intel India
Social Worker – Working for Blind people
Revived the lost cuisine & clothing in Leh region
Jodhaiya Bai Baiga
Tribal Baiga Art Painter
Saylee Nandkishor Agavane
Down syndrome affected Kathak Dancer
Vanita Jagdeo Borade
First Women Snake Rescuer
Sikki Grass Artist
Jaya Muthu, Tejamma (Jointly)
Artisans - Toda embroidery
Ela Lodh (Posthumous)
Obstetrician & Gynecologist
Handloom Weaver & Teacher
Nari Shakti Puraskar 2021
Sathupati Prasanna Sree
Linguist – preserving minority tribal languages
Tage Rita Takhe
Niranjanaben Mukulbhai Kalarthi
Author & Educationist
Farmer & Entrepreneur
Social Activist – Working to end the Devadasi system
Captain Merchant Navy – First woman to receive the award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea from IMO
Disability Rights Activist
Maand & Bhajan Folk Singer
Psychiatrist & Researcher
Hindi Author – working for rights for transgender people and Tibetan refugees
FAQs on Nari Shakti Puraskar
Q.1. What is the Nari Shakti Puraskar?
The Nari Shakti Puraskar is a yearly award conferred to individual women or institutions for their outstanding contribution to women's empowerment.
Q.2. When is the Nari Shakti Puraskar awarded?
The president of India presents the Nari Shakti Puraskar on International Women's Day (8th March) each year at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
Q.3. In how many categories is the Nari Shakti Puraskar awarded?
The Nari Shakti Puraskar is awarded in six institutional and two individual categories carrying a cash prize of two lakh and one lakh rupees respectively.
Q.4. When was the first Nari Shakti Puraskar awarded?
The first awards were presented to five women on 4th January 2001 under the title Nari Shakti Puraskar.
Q.5. How many women received the Nari Shakti Puraskar in 2022?
A total of 28 Nari Shakti Puraskar were awarded to 29 women in 2022, 14 each for 2020 and 2021.