The
President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented the “National Award for Empowerment
of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan)-2017” at a function organized by
Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) under the
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on the occasion of International Day
of Persons with Disabilities here today. On this occasion, Minister for Social
Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister of States for
Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar and Shri Ramdas
Athawale also graced the occasion.

On
International Day of Persons with Disabilities i.e. 3rd December,
 the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan),
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment presents National Awards to
Individuals, Institutions, Organisations, State/District etc for their
outstanding achievements and work done towards empowerment of Persons with
Disabilities. The National Awards were presented in 14 main categories. Within
stipulated date, out of these 14 categories, 984 applications were received
from 13 categories. Four Scrutiny Committees constituted by the Department as
per the rules had scrutinized the nominations and their recommendations were considered
by the National Selection Committee. The National Selection Committee met on 10th
and 16th November and recommended 52 persons / institutions for the
awards.

Addressing
the gathering, the President said that the future of the country depends on ensuring
all citizens have the capacity to realise their full potential. To achieve this
goal, we have to create a sensitive and harmonious society, where every person
feels empowered – and a society of empathy, where one person feels the pain of
another.

He said
that our Constitution guarantees equality, freedom, justice and dignity to all
citizens, including the Divyang. The Government has enacted laws for the
empowerment, inclusion and mainstreaming of differently-abled persons. No
Divyang person should be evaluated by his or her physical ability, but by
his or her intellect, knowledge and courage.

The
President congratulated the award winners and said he was optimistic they would
inspire other differently-abled persons to strive to reach new heights. He also
expressed confidence that citizens of our country will build an inclusive New
India, with an appropriate and sensitive approach to our Divyang fellow
Indians.

In his address, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot said that India has
achieved historic achievements during past three and half years and many
Guiness Book World Records have been established by our Divyangjans. 8589 ADIP
camps were organized and more than 9 lakhs Divyangjans have been provided
Equipments and Assistive devices and 4000 Motorized Tricycles have also been
provided. During the same period, the amount of scholarships and aids to
Divyangjans have also been raised. He opined that Divyangjans are very
talented. In the field of Sports, they have made remarkable achievements. He
called upon people to actively participate in the propagation and publicity of
several useful schemes of the government meant for Divyangjans. Under the able
guidance of the Prime Minster, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with
Disabilities (Divyangjan) under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
has become popular Worldwide.

According to Census 2011, there are 2.68 crore
persons with disabilities in our country who exhibit great diversity in terms
of quantum of disability as well as types of disabilities. To give focussed
attention to the schemes and programmes for empowerment of Persons with
Disabilities, a new Department under the Ministry of Social Justice &
Empowerment came into existence during the year 2012.  Since then, a number of
new schemes and programmes for the empowerment of persons with disabilities
have been added.  On the other hand, the financial outlay for the department is
also going up every year.  The existing schemes of the department have been
reviewed and in case of many modifications have been made.  Receiving of
applications under two major scheme is on-line and the same are processed,
funds sanctioned through the electronic mode.

The history of National Awards goes back to 1969,
when Awards in only two categories were instituted by the Government of India
with the objective to focus public attention on issues concerning persons with
disabilities and to promote their mainstreaming in society. The National Awards
for empowerment of persons with disabilities have been notified in the year 2013.
Now there are 14 broad categories for individuals and institutions consisting
of 58 awards.  This year, an advertisement was issued by the Department in July
2017 with the last date up to 15th August.  However, on receipt of
representations the last date was extended up to 10th September. 984
applications were received which were shortlisted by Four screening committees
constituted for the purpose.  The National Selection Committee met on two dates
i.e. 10th November, and 16th November, 2017 to finalise
the list.  This year, 52 awards to individuals and institutions are being
conferred. The awards consist of a certificate to each, and medal or shield in
some categories as also with cash component amounting to Rs. 43.50 Lakhs.

I.

Best EMPLOYEE/ SELF EMPLOYED WITH
DISABILITIES

 


No.

Sub-category & No. of awards

Male/ Female

 Name

Address


1.                  
 

Blindness

 

 

Male

 

 

Mr. N.K.Chokalingam

F1 & 2 , Raghav
Apartment, 4/24, Ragaviaha Road, T.Nagar Chennai-600017 (T.N.) 


Female

 

Dr. Shruti
Hora

 

264, Sec-7A, Chandigarh.
Office: PGGCG, Sec-11, Chandigarh.


2.                  
 

Low Vision

 

Male

 

Mr. R. Bijumon

Valavinkal House,
Moolamattom P.O, Idukki District, Kerala-685590.

Office- Deputy Director of
Prosecution, Idukki-Muttom.


Female

No application
was received


3.                  
 

Leprosy Cured

 

Male

Mr. A. Arokiya
Royan

92/5 Mangali Amman Koil
Street, St Thomas Mount Kancheepuram Distt. Chennai-88 (T.N)     


Female

No application was received


4.                  
D

Hearing Impairment

 

 

 

Male

 

 

Mr. Rakesh Agarwal

T9/G001, BPTP Park
Floor-II, Sector-76, Fridabad-121004, Haryana.

Office – NHFDC,
DPT-11&12,Ground Floor, DLF Prime Tower, Okhala Phase-I, New
Delhi-1100020


Female

Ms. Priyanka

H. No. 2, NITTTR Campus,
Sector-26, Chandigarh, Pin-160019.

Office – Sarthak
Educational Trust, NITTTR Campus, Chandigarh.


5.                  
 

Locomotor Disability

 

 

 

Male

 

 

Mr. Vijay Kumar Rajsoni

Janda (Oda) Gali, Partapgarh, Distt. Chittorgarh (Rajasthan)


Mr. Samir Surenderakumar Kakkad

E-103 Satellite Centre,
Near Mansi tower, Vastarapur Ahmedabad,-380015. Gujarat.

 

Office- SAIKA GF-25 Goyalplaza
opp. Goyal park Premchand Nagarroad Vastaapur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 380015..


Female

Ms. Chumki Data

 

Plot No. 18, Bodhivriksha,
Nr. Jhumuka MIP, Village/Post-Kantabad, Bhubaneswar, Orissa-752054

Office- Mastermind
advertising Service, Plot No. 357, Kolathia, Khandagiri, Near Utkal Aerospace
& Engg. Bhubaneswar-751030.


6.                  
 

Cerebral Palsy

 

 

Male

Mr.  Rohit Jain

E-37-38 Nandini Residency,
Saraswati Nagar, Near Airport Terminal 2, Jawahar Circle
Jaipur-302017                      

Office:    Deutsche Bank ,
Mahindra SEZ, Ajmer Road, Jaipur.


Female

No application
was received


1.                  
 

Mental

Retardation

 

Male

Mr. Chathraju
Saikrishan

Plot No. 220, Shanthi
Nagar, Chirthakunta, Karimnagar.
(A.P)


Female

Nil


2.                  
 

Mental illness

Male

Nil


Female

Nil


3.                  
 

Autism

 

Male

Nil


Female

Nil


4.                  
 

Multiple Disabilities

 

 

Male

 

No one
was selected


Female

Ms. K V Sirisha

D/o K.S. Vijayakumar D.
No. 2-815, Padmavathinagar,KongaredPalli, Chittoor Andra Pradesh-517001


Female

Ms. Yasmeen Mansuree

# 7, Kh No, 627, Sai
Complex Maidan Garhi Road Chattarpur Enc. Chattarpur, New Delhi-110074.


II

AWARD FOR BEST EMPLOYERS AND
PLACEMENT OFFICER/ AGENCY

 


No.

Sub-category

 


1.

Best Employer

(i)                
Government organization

No one was selected


(ii)              
Public Sector Undertaking/ autonomous / Local Government Body

No one was selected


(iii)            
Private/ Non Governmental Organization

1.    IBM India Pvt. LTD., IBM India Private Limited No.-12,Subramanya Arcade, Bannerghatta
Road, Banglore-560029.  Karnataka.

2.  Apna Sweets, 55/2, Lodhipura, Bhagat Singh Marg, Indore (Owner-
Shri Prakash Rathore)


        

Best Placement Officer/ Agency

(i)                
Autonomous Government Organization/ Public Sector Undertaking

No one was selected


(ii)              
Private/ Non-Governmental Organization/ Office

 

1. YOUTH4JOBS FOUNDATION, 2nd Floor, Plot 135,
Avenue 2, Road 13, Banjara Hils, Hyderabad, Telangana-500034.

2.  Devnar Foundation for
the Blind , Plot no. 185, Road No-1, West Marredpally, Secunderabad-500026

 


III.

AWARD FOR BEST INDIVIDUAL &
INSTITUTION WORKING FOR THE CAUSE OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

 


No.

Sub-category

Name


1.

Best Individual

Professional

 

Dr. T.S.CHANDRASEKAR,  83, Valluvarkoottam High
Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai-600034 (T.N)


Non Professional

 

1.                 
Ms. Sukeshi Barui, Vill. Kathila, PO
Banitabla. PS- UlUberia Distt. Howrah-711316 ( W.B)

 

2.                 
Dr. Ram Kishan Gupta, Hamirpur Road
Chauraha, Jawahar Nagar, Ghatampur. (Uttar Pradesh)

 


2.

Best Institution

(i)                
An organization providing holistic
comprehensive services to the persons with disabilities in a comprehensive
manner

1.                 
‘ETC’ Education , Training and Service
Centre for Persons with Disabilities,
Plot No. 3D, Sector 30 A, Near vashi Railway Station, Vashi,
Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra-400703.

 

2.                 
Samarthanam Trust For the Disabled, CA: 39, 15TH CROSS, 16th main, Sector-4, HSR Layout,
Bangalore-560102.
Karnataka.

 

3.                 
Sikkim Viklang Sahayata Samiti, Opposite Old Assembly C       Zero Point, 31NH Gangtok,
EASE Sikkim.

 

4.                 
CORD (Chinmaya Organisation for Rural
Development),    CORD Training Centre, Village and
post office Sidhbari,Tehsil Dharmshala, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh- 176057


 

(ii)              
An organization promoting inclusive
education to the children/persons with disabilities

The Society Welfare of
Disabled, Karnataka, SDM Mangala Jyothi Integrated School, Vamanjoor,
Mangalore, Karnataka.

 


IV

ROLE MODEL AWARDS

 


No.

Sub-category

 

Name

Address or Telephone no. /
e-mail


1.

Blindness/ low vision

 

 

Male

Mr. S.K. Paul Kumar

No.104-‘A’ Block, Brigade Majastic, 1st Main Road, Gandhinagar,
Bangalore-560009.

 

 

 

 

 


Female

Ms. Tiffany Brar

10-A Skyline Palace, Court Apprtments, Kavadiyar,
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala


Female

Dr. Jyothsnaphanija Bolla

Flat No. 246, Vasanth Apartment, Vasanth Vihar, New Delhi-110057


2.

Leprosy cured

 

Male

 

No Application was
received


3.

Hearing impairment

Male

 

Mr. Apoorav Om

 

9-B, First Floor, DDA LIG Flat, Best Sarai, Opposite Old JNU
Campus, New Delhi-110016


Mr. K. Seshagiri Rao

H. No.27-2/5. Sai Enclave Apartment, Flat No. G/3, NearBank of
India, Safilguda, Secunderabad, A.P. PIN-500056


Female

 

 

Ms. Swetha Kulkarni

 

Flat No. 93/S1, TNHB Flats. 1ST Seaward Road, Valmiki
Nagar,Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai-600041-Tamilnadu


Ms. Rachna Dushy Antkumar Shah

12,Rohini Society, P.O. Manekbag, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 380015


4.

Locomotor Disability / Cerebral Palsy

 

 

Male

 

Mr. Bhavani Shankar
Ravindera

Flat No.101, Shubangi Enclave/479, 17th main Muneshwara Block,
Bengaluru (Karnataka)


Female

Dr. Rajalakshmi. S.J

No. 5, 17th Main Muneshwara Block, Girinagar, Near Vivekananda
Park, Bengaluru-560085


5.

Mental Retardation/ Mental Illness /
Autism

Male

 

Mr. Pranay Purushottam
Burde

A-30, S .v.Road, Andheri West Mumbai- Maharashtra, PIN-400058.


Mr. Akula Rohith

S/o A,Ram Reddy, R/o H, No. 1-3-67/A, Shanthi Nagar, Near
Saibaba Mandir, Adilabad, Telangana.


Female

Ms.Gauri Shekhar Gadgil

F-6, Sawali, Lake 2, Niant Vasahat, Kothari Blocks, Bibavewadi
rd, Pune 411037, Maharashtra.


V

AWARDS FOR BEST APPLIED RESEARCH/
Innovation/ PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AIMED AT IMPROVING THE LIFE OF PERSONS WITH
DISABILITIES

 


No.

Sub-category

Awardee


1.

Best Applied Research/ Technological
Innovation

Aimed at Improving the life

of Persons with Disabilities

Balaji.
V,  # No-24 Gopal Chetty Street, Periya kalapet,
Puducherry-605014


2.

Development of new

Cost-effective product for manufacture
Aimed at Improving the life of Persons with Disabilities.

Biswajit Roy, Asha
Dass  &  Vijay Kumar Alisha

Address: Biswajit Roy, Asha Dass: 110, Srigiri Apartment, Sainik Enclave, Sainkpuri post,
Secunderabad-500094
 &  Vijay Kumar Alisha, Shop No. 6-2-181/8, Akshaya Enclave,
Shobana Colony, Bala Nagar, Hydrabad-500042


VI.

AWARD FOR THE OUTSTANDING WORK IN THE
CREATION OF BARRIER-FREE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES


No.

Sub-category

Awardee


1.

Government Department/ Offices/ PSUs
/  Autonomous Bodies

1.  Jabalpur District [Shri Mahesh Chandra Chaudhary, Collector
& District Magistrate]
 

 

2. District Project Office, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Sana Street,
DCCB Colony, Srikakulam 5320001


2.

Local Bodies

Mahakaleshwar Mandir
Samithi,
Shri Mahakal Mandir Prabandh Samitee,
Ujjain
.


3.

Private Sector/NGOs

NIl


VII.

AWARD FOR THE BEST DISTRICT IN
PROVIDING REHABILITATION SERVICE

Madurai  (T.N.), C/o Shri
K.Veena Raghava Rao, IAS, District Collector, Madurai.


VIII.

BEST STATE CHANNELIZING AGENCY OF
NATIONAL HANDICAPPED Finance AND DEVELOPMENT

CORPORATION.

Nil


 IX

AWARD FOR THE OUTSTANDING CREATIVE
ADULT PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

 

Male

 

 

 Gopal Chandra Pal,
Ballymore, Kalitala. P.O.+Distt. Hooghly. -712102 (W.B.) 


Female

 

Sunitha Thrippanikkara
Nuram, Niram, Kandamkulagara Kunnimangalam Po, Kannur Distt., Kerala.


X

AWARD FOR THE BEST CREATIVE CHILD
WITH DISABILITIES

 

Boy

 

Om Jiganesh Vyas, II, Ankit Society, Ramwadi, Isanpur,
Ahmedabad, Gujarat-382443.


Girl

 

Abhiramir R., Anthappillil
(H) Thengode PO, Kakkanad, Cochin, PIN-682030


XI

BEST BRAILLE PRESS

(One award)

National Association for
the blind, India, 11-12, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Road, Worli Seaface,
Mumbai-400030


XII

BEST ACCESSIBLE WEBSITE


No.

Sub-category

 


1.

Govt.

Nil


2.

PSU/LB

Nil


3.

Pvt. Sector/Non Govt.

The Jalgaon People Co-Operative Bank Ltd, 152, Polanpeth,
Danabajar, Jalgaon, Maharastra.


 XIII

BEST STATE IN PROMOTING EMPOWERMENT
OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Chhattisgarh, C/o Additional Secretary, Chhattisgarh
Administrator, Social Welfare Department, Govt. of Chhattisgarh


XIV

BEST SPORTS PERSON WITH DISABILITY

Male

 

Shekhan Naik,
CA: 39, 15TH CROSS, 16th main, Sector-4, HSR Layout, Bangalore, Karnataka,
PIN- 560102


 

 

Female

 

Patel Sonalben Manubhai,
C-201, Shubhmangal Greens, Near ICB Island, Vande Matram Cross Road, Jagatpur
Road, Gota, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, PIN-382481.