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Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s scholar and conservationist Sabarmatee Tiki was conferred with ‘Nari Shakti Award’ yesterday on the occasion of International Women Day.
Tiki, who is the founder of Sambhav, an NGO that runs organic and training farms near the city, was conferred with the prestigious award by President of India Ramnath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
Apart from Sabarmatee Tiki, 38 other women and institutions were felicitated with the award by the Ministry of Women and Child Development of Indian government. They were given the award for their efforts towards the cause of women empowerment.
“Women are strong, bold and patient at the same time,” said Tiki while addressing at the award ceremony. “We restored 90 acres of wasteland and converted it into a forest. We have organic farms, where a method called System of Rice Intensification is adapted to make it easier for women working in farmlands,” she added.
Her NGO has been successful in conserving and producing 452 indigenous varieties of rice.
The Nari Shakti Award, India’s highest civilian honour for women, was initiated in 2015. Women and institutions are selected for the award for their contribution in the fields of science, sport, art, social work, conservation, agriculture, education, security, handicrafts, defence.
The Nari Shakti Awardees receive a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh.