The Nari Shakti Puraskar, which is the highest civilian honour for women in India, was given at a special ceremony in New Delhi on March 8 to 44 women as well as institutions.
They were recognised for their relentless service towards the cause of women empowerment and social welfare.
Sujatha Mohan, executive medical director of the Rajan Eye Care Hospital was recognised for her efforts in raising awareness about the importance of eye donations as well as several projects she has initiated to ensure that quality eye care is accessible to all sections of society.
Mini Vasudevan, co-founder of Humane Animal Society from Coimbatore was honoured for her involvement in animal welfare as well as sensitising the public to it.
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Among the institutions, the Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme Department of the Tamil Nadu government was recognised for performing well with regard to the implementation of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) campaign.
The campaign is a flagship programme of the Central government to address declining child sex ratio in the country.