First National Award for Senior Citizens conferred today

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The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the First National Award For Senior Citizens – Vayoshreshtha Samman, 2013 on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons at a function in New Delhi today.

List of Awardees:

National Award for Centenarian Senior Citizen  — Ms. Narasamma,Karnataka. National Award for Senior Citizens

Ninety-two-year-old midwife Narasamma was given the award for carrying out 1,500 deliveries in remote areas. Despite being illiterate, she has made a huge contribution to the sector of women’s health by carrying out such a large number of deliveries among poor families in remote rural areas.

National Award for Iconic Mother  — Smt. Sindhutai Shrihari Sapkal, Maharashtra.

National Award for Senior Citizens

65 year old Sindhutai Sapkal, also known as Mother of Orphans,  is  known particularly for her work for raising orphan children. She was abandoned by her husband when she was 9 months pregnant. After the birth of her daughter, she started begging in railway stations. Soon she realized that there were many children who were abandoned by their parents. She decided to become a mother to anyone and everyone who came across to her as an orphan. She started begging more vigorously to feed her children. Till date  she has nurtured over 1050 orphaned children.

National Award for Lifetime Achievement  — Shri Vinodbhai Vrajlal Valia, Mumbai

National Award for Creative Art. – Ms. Nalini Vinay Mehta,Maharashtra.

nalini mehta

88 year old Nalini Mehta has achieved excellence in most of the applied arts like painting, batik and sculpture. She learnt Acrylic carving while in U.S.A. way back in 1946.On  returning to India she pursued her interest with the encouragement of her husband Dr. Vinay Mehta. After the death of Dr. Mehta in 1970, she put her work aside to manage their factory. From 1982, with the help of her children, she had the opportunity to devote her time to the art again.

National Award for Sports & Adventure Award (Male) – Dr. G. S. Randhawa, New Delhi

National Award for Sports and Adventure (Female) – Mrs. Damayanti, New Delhi

National Award for Best Institution for Providing services to senior citizens and Awareness Generation  —  Vrudha Sevashram,  Maharashtra.

National Award for Best State in implementing the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (MWPSC) Act, 2007, & providing services and facilities to senior citizens. — Department of Social Justice, Government of Madhya Pradesh

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