The Gandhi Seva Puraskar was on Saturday awarded to Jharna Dhara Chowdhury, Secretary of the Gandhi Ashram Trust of Noakhali, Bangladesh, by West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan, at the Raj Bhavan in New Delhi.
The function was organised by Gandhi Birth Anniversary Celebration Committee to mark the 141st birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation.
Chowdhury recounted the harrowing days at Noakhali and the insurmountable obstacles the Gandhians and the Noakhali Gandhi Ashram faced due to oppression in then East Pakistan.
She said properties donated for Gandhian activities were converted into enemy properties and several Gandhians became 'martyrs' at that time.
"But the present situation is of genuine fraternity there where people have peaceful coexistence," she said, appealing for the setting up of a Gandhi memorial at Noakhali.
The Governor paid glowing tributes to the Noakhali Gandhi Memorial Trust and Gandhians and urged the present generation to emulate Gandhian philosophy.
Meanwhile, West Bengal joined the rest of the nation in paying rich tributes to Gandhi. The main function was held at the Barrackpore Gandhighat in North 24 Parganas district where the Governor attended an all-faith prayer.