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Lovlina, Covid warriors, agri-entrepreneurs among Assam’s highest civilian award winners

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Tokyo Olympics medallist Lovlina Borgohain, Covid-19 warriors and agri-entrepreneurs were among the 17 distinguished personalities presented with Assam’s highest civilian honour on Monday.

Governor Jagdish Mukhi handed over the awards at a ceremony held at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati. This is the first time the Assam government has introduced a new set of civilian awards on the lines of the Padma awards.

Industrialist Ratan Tata, who was named for the highest honour- Assam Baibhav-and distinguished management guru Dipak Chand Jain, (named for Assam Saurav-the second highest honour) who couldn’t attend the event would be conferred their awards later.

“It’s a big day today. The state’s highest civilian awards will be bestowed on individuals, mostly from grassroots and selected through citizen-centric process, for their distinguished service to society. I hope the recognition inspires others to the cause of building a New Assam,” Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted.

Governor Jagdish Mukhi handed over the awards at a ceremony held at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati. This is the first time the Assam government has introduced a new set of civilian awards on the lines of the Padma awards.

Industrialist Ratan Tata, who was named for the highest honour- Assam Baibhav-and distinguished management guru Dipak Chand Jain, (named for Assam Saurav-the second highest honour) who couldn’t attend the event would be conferred their awards later.

“It’s a big day today. The state’s highest civilian awards will be bestowed on individuals, mostly from grassroots and selected through citizen-centric process, for their distinguished service to society. I hope the recognition inspires others to the cause of building a New Assam,” Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted.

Namita Kalita, an auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) who has administered nearly 100,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses and Barmita Momin, an accredited social health activist (ASHA) who ensured 100% Covid-19 vaccination in a village that had earlier forced her to pay a fine as punishment for taking the vaccine were other Covid-19 warriors who were honoured.

Manoj Bausmatary, who set up an eco-system for piggery as an industry in Assam, Kaushik Baruah, who is responsible for starting export of fruits and vegetables produced in the state to Dubai and European markets and Akash Jyoti Gogoi, who established one of Northeast’s biggest egg production unit were the agri-entrepreneurs conferred with the Assam Gaurav award.Lovlina, Covid warriors, agri-entrepreneurs among Assam’s highest civilian award winners

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