GUWAHATI: To honour the unsung heroes in diverse sectors of the State, the Assam Government on Monday gave away the State's highest civilian awards to an array of personalities at a solemn function held at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra. Governor Jagdish Mukhi handed over the awards in the presence of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. This is the first time that the Assam government has introduced a set of civilian awards.
Philanthropist and industrialist Ratan Naval Tata, who was named for the highest honour- Assam Baibhav-and management guru Dipak Chand Jain, who was named for Assam Saurav, the second-highest honour, could not attend the event.
The Assam Saurav Award was given to educationist Professor Kamalendu Deb Krori, Dr Lakhsmanan S in the field of Public Service, Lovlina Borgohain for Sports and Neel Pawan Baruah in Art and Culture. The Assam Gaurav Award was bestowed upon Munindra Nath Ngatey in the field of Public Service and Vaccination, Dr. Basanta Hazarika for Health and COVID Management, Akash Jyoti Gogoi in Poultry Farming, Manoj Kr. Basumatary in Piggery Farming, Khorsing Terang in Sports and Mountaineering, Boby Hazarika for Woman Entrepreneurship, Hemoprabha Chutia for Weaving, Namita Kalita in Health and Public Services, Bornita Momin in Public Service, Dharanidhar Boro for Wildlife Conservation, Kaushik Baruah for Agro Exporter and Entrepreneur, Kalpana Boro in Public Service and Dr Asif Iqbal in Health and Medicine.
The Assam Baibhav award carries Rs 5 lakh and a citation, the Assam Saurav award carries Rs 4 lakh and a citation, and the Assam Gaurav award carries cash Rs 3 lakh and a citation.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that from the next year, the government will launch a portal where people can propose the names of personalities for the civilian awards and also vote online. He also said that the Assam Baibhav would be handed over to Ratan Tata later in Mumbai.