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National youth award conferred on 32

The ministry of youth affairs and sports conferred the National Youth Award, 2012-13, on 32 youths from across the nation. These awards are given for their contribution to society in various fields. Most of the award winners have done work on awareness on HIV, environment, education and social uplift.

punjab Updated: Jan 14, 2014 21:40 IST
Vandana Singh

The ministry of youth affairs and sports conferred the National Youth Award, 2012-13, on 32 youths from across the nation.

These awards are given for their contribution to society in various fields. Most of the award winners have done work on awareness on HIV, environment, education and social uplift.

The maximum four prizes were bagged by Haryana. Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan youths bagged three awards each. The youngest awardee Chinta Mohith Nager Krishna from Andhra Pradesh is 15. There was no representation in the awardees from the states of Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland.

Deputy director of the union department of youth affairs Thanglemlian said the candidates for the award were selected through a rigorous process. In the first step, states nominated names; and then a selection committee finally selected the names on the basis of work.

Besides the individual contributors, three organisations were also awarded. Kalyankari Manav Vikas Sansha, Ghagra from Jharkahnd got the first prize, District Paa Sagol Kangjei Association from Manipur got the second prize and Youth Development Society of Sikkim got the third prize.

The national youth award winners are Pankaj Sharma, Deepak Kumar, Mamu Ram and Manju Sharma from Haryana; Gurkaran Singh from Punjab; Eshan Akhtar from Himachal Pradesh; Pinku Kumar from Jammu and Kashmir; Chinta Mohith Nager Krishna, B Hari Venkata Raman and Thagarapu Sathaiah from Andhra Pradesh; Prakash Chandra Jena from Odisha; Anuj Williams, Prakash Chandra Khatik, Shabana Mansoori and Shankarlal Gadri from Rajasthan; Kush Kalra from Uttar Pradesh; PR Hema from Kerala; Kruti Subhash Parekh

and Manish Saroj Vasant Deshmukh from Maharashtra; Vijay Kumar and Devendra Kumar Gupta from Delhi; Ranjan Kumar Baruah and Sumi Roy from Assam; Anuradha Kumari from Bihar; Ishwarappa Gangappa Arali from Karnataka; Atanu Sankar Raj from West Bengal; J Somu from Tamil Nadu; Gotimayum Sarjubala Devi from Manipur; Debasish Chakraborty from Tripura; Santosh Sangam Divakar from Goa; Hari Nepal from Sikkim and Lalramchuanzela from Mizoram.

Profiles of award winners

Gurkaran Singh, social activist, Punjab

A teacher in a private school, Gurkaran has a mission to help the needy and create awareness. Gurkaran, who hails from Faridkot district, is into social work from 1996. National Service Scheme (NSS) inspired him to get into social work. He has donated blood for 35 times and worked extensively for the pulse polio campaign. An NSS coordinator at school, he had earlier received the Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh State Youth Award.

Pinku Kumar, social worker, Jammu and Kashmir

Pinku Kumar from Doda district has been working with the theme unity and youth. Pinku feels that the united youth could solve problems of society. He says the youth in J&K need employment and skilled education is the best option for that. He is also working for environmental awareness, health and hygiene, rehabilitation and formation of self-help groups.