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Last updated: 30 Aug, 2017  

Irani.9.Thmb.jpg NITI Aayog awards 12 women for 'transforming India'

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Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smriti Irani addressing at the presentation ceremony of the ‘Women Transforming India Awards 2017’, organised by the NITI Aayog, in New Delhi on August 29, 2017.
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Rituparna Kakati | 30 Aug, 2017
The Niti Aayog on Tuesday awarded 12 women to recognize the transformational impact of work undertaken by women across India's villages, towns and cities.

Union minister Smriti Irani and Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya presented the awards at the event.

The campaign this year, to promote equal opportunity of women, has received an overwhelming 3000 entries from across the country.

An eminent jury comprising Nirupama Rao, Former Foreign Secretary and Ambassador, P.T. Usha, Indian Olympian, Pooja Thakur, Wing Commander, Indian Air Force, Dr. Arvind Panagariya, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman, Amitabh Kant, NITI Aayog CEO and Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator undertook a rigorous process to shortlist 12 top awardees from awe-inspiring stories of women change makers across India.  

Speaking at the event, Irani said, "It is a great opportunity for me to be here among these wonderful women who have such inspiring stories."

"You don't hear such stories everyday. These stories need to be told. We are going to do something so as to bring across these stories of change to the whole nation," she added.

"You don't hear such stories everyday. These stories need to be told. We are going to do something so as to bring across these stories of change to the whole nation," she added.

She further said that the stories from previous year's awards will be combined along with this year's and reached to the people through some medium.

The list of winners included Kanika Tekriwal, a  self-made  aviation entrepreneur and cancer survivor from Bhupal, Madhya Pradesh; Harshini Kanhekar,  India's first woman firefighter, from Nagpur; Kamal Kumbhar from Osmanabad, Maharashtra  who broke free  from the shackles of  poverty and a suffocating  marriage to create a micro-enterprise  network.

Women Transforming India Awards was launched by NITI Aayog, in partnership with the UN in India  and  MyGov.
 
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