GUWAHATI: On Tuesday 25 January the government of India made the announcement for the list of Padma Awards this year. Two from the northeastern state of Assam have successfully made the place in the list of Padma Shri Awards.
It is a moment of pride for Assam that two eminent personalities from the state will be receiving the most prestigious Padma Shri Award 2022.
According to the Padma Award list released by the Centre on Tuesday, Shakuntala Choudhary from Assam has been selected for her contribution to social work for the welfare of society.
Notably, Shakuntala Choudhary was earlier honored by the government of India with the National Awards for Senior Citizens - Vayoshestha Samman in the year 2021.
Miss Shakuntala works as the supervisor at the Kasturba Ashram located in Guwahati city of Assam and is recognized as a well-known social worker of the state. She has immense contribution to the well-being and empowerment of women across the country.
Another eminent personality to receive the Padma Shri Award 2022 is Dhaneswar Engti from Karbi Anglong district of Assam. Dhaneswar Engti is a well-known lyricist and a writer who is widely recognized for his contribution to the field of Karbi music and Karbi literature.
Dhaneswar Engti has been selected for the most prestigious award in the field of Literature and Education. Notably, the renowned writer has earlier received the prestigious award of Kristinandan Literary in the year 2017.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma took to Twitter to express his delight over the achievements of the two eminent personalities and to congratulate them on being selected for the most prestigious award.
The chief minister in a tweet wrote that the contribution of Dhaneswar Engti in Karbi music and literature will be cherished forever even by the upcoming generations.
On writing about the selection of Shakuntala Choudhary for the Padma Shri Award, he stated that Shakuntala Choudhary has devoted her entire life to the service of mankind and the Padma award is a fitting tribute to her contribution to society.
It may be mentioned a total of six esteemed personalities from the Northeast will be receiving the fourth highest civilian award, Padma Shri for the year 2022.