Padma Venkataraman bestowed(प्रदान करना) with Avvaiyar award
Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday honoured(सम्मानित) social worker Padma Venkataraman with the state’s “Avvaiyar Award” for 2017. Padma, daughter of former President of India, the late R Venkataraman, was honoured for her efforts in the areas of women’s welfare and rehabilitation (पुनर्वास) of leprosy-affected persons for the past 30 years, an official release said in Chennai. Chief Minister K Palaniswami gave away the award to Venkataraman, the release said, adding, it carried a cheque for Rs one lakh, a gold medal weighing 8 gm, and a certificate. The “Avvaiyar Award” was constituted by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in 2012 to honour women actively working in the areas of social reform, women’s development, culture, media, inter-faith harmony, and administration, among others.
Venkataraman, Chairperson of Women’s Indian Association (WIA), called the award a “great honour.” “This only reflects(दर्शाता है) on Chief Minister and the Government of Tamil Nadu’s involvement in advancement of women, children, the differently-abled and the leprosy affected people,” she was quoted as saying. The award will “only strengthen our resolve” to serve the society as best as possible, she added.