New Delhi : President Ram Nath Kovind will present the Nari Shakti Puraskar, the highest civilian honour for women in India, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on today.
The awards for 2018 will be presented by the president at a special ceremony on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development confers the Nari Shakti Puraskar on women and institutions to recognise their relentless service towards the cause of women empowerment and social welfare.
This year, around 1,000 nominations were received by the ministry and 44 were selected for the award, according to an official statement.
Scientists, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, social workers, farmers, artists, masons, a woman marine pilot, a woman commando trainer, journalists and film-makers are among the recipients of the award, it said.
“No field has been left untouched, where women have not left their indelible mark, making women the leading force of our development trajectory.
“I thank all concerned for sending nominations and letting us know about the remarkable work of women of our country,” Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said.