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Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu to be honored with Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Award

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Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu will be honored by the Assam government with the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Award for National Integration and National Contribution.

The award would be given to Naidu during his planned visit to Assam on October 3, as the Assam Cabinet resolved on Friday.

The award


The award has been named after Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi, a great freedom fighter and Assam’s first chief minister after India’s independence.

According to reports, the prize money for the biennial award has been raised from Rs two lakh to Rs five lakh. A citation is also included with the prize.

The award had become irregular over the years, therefore the Assam Cabinet decided on Friday, at a meeting headed by chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, to make it a biennial occasion.

Decision taken by the cabinet

The Assam Cabinet has decided to rename the state’s highest civilian honors, which would be given out in a variety of fields.

According to reports, the Assam Ratna award would be known as Asom Baibhav, the Assam Vibhushan award will be known as Asom Saurav, the Assam Bhusan award will be known as Asom Bhusan, and the Assam Shree award will be known as Asom Gaurav.

About Gopinath Bordoloi

Gopinath Bordoloi volunteered for the Indian National Congress. He was imprisoned in 1922 after actively participating in the Non-Cooperation Movement. Bordoloi was imprisoned twice after resigning as Chief Minister of Assam in 1939; he was eventually released in 1944. He was re-elected as the Premier of Assam in the 1946 Assembly elections.

He was elected to the Constituent Assembly. He spoke up during arguments about tribal rights, Lok Sabha representation, and taxation.

Bordoloi was Assam’s first Chief Minister after India’s independence. He established several universities, including the Gauhati University, and adopted innovative industrial and educational policies.

Previous awardee

Niketu Iralu and Shakuntala Choudhury received the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Award for National Integration in 2005 and 2006, respectively.

The then Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi gave the award, which was founded by the Government of Assam, to the great sons of the soil during a function held at Rabindra Bhawan.

In accepting the award, prominent Gandhian Choudhury, who has been serving the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust, Assam branch, expressed her gratitude to the people of the state and spoke about Gopinath Bordoloi’s life and contribution, as well as how his principles transformed Assam’s fate.

This Gandhian is admired for her humility and unwavering trust in the power of goodwill, as well as her contributions to the welfare and development of women and children.

Choudhury had prepared herself for a life dedicated to serving humanity under the supervision of Amolprova Das and Vinoba Bhave, and she demonstrated her effectiveness by overseeing 22 seva kendras across the North East. Despite the challenges, this Gandhian has been successful in bringing about several great changes.

Niketu Iralu, a notable social worker who has been striving to bring peace to Nagaland’s strife-torn state, said the North East has been going through difficult times, and that conflicts springing from people’s desires have served as a wake-up call to the region’s human diversity and isolation.

To disseminate his message of truth and peace, Iralu has worked hard to overcome man-made boundaries such as nationality, religion, language, and geopolitical divides. He urged the people of the region to band together and work to restore stability.

The event was attended by Bharat Chandra Narah, MLA Robin Bordoloi, and several other authorities, including the then-Minister of Cultural Affairs.

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