CM presents ‘Tilu Rauteli Awards’
By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 8 Aug: Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami announced today that the financial support for the Tilu Rauteli Awards would be increased to Rs 51,000 from next year. He also declared that Olympian hockey player Vandana Katariya would be Uttarakhand’s ‘Women Empowerment and Child Development Brand Ambassador. The CM was speaking at the ‘Tilu Rauteli and Anganbadi Worker Award Ceremony’ held at the IRDT Auditorium, here, today. Twenty-two women were presented the ‘Tilu Rauteli Awards’ and an equal number, the ‘Angwadi Worker Awards’. Tilu Rauteli Award winners received Rs 31,000, each, while the Anganbadi workers got Rs 21,000, each, along with their citations. Dhami reminded that women’s power was crucial in all aspects of life in Uttarakhand, from the time of the separate statehood movement. He drew attention to the efforts of the state government to empower women, such as the CM Vatsalya Yojana, which would take care of the Covid orphaned children. He also emphasised the need to better facilitate the Anganbadi Centres, which played a crucial role in the early development of children. He also mentioned the Mahalaxmi Yojana for pregnant women and newborns. Dhami drew attention to the achievements of those who rise to high positions from humble beginnings and gave the example of PM Modi under whom the nation was developing swiftly. He also recalled his own childhood in this context. Women Empowerment and Child Development Minister Rekha Arya stated that women who had achieved excellence in various fields were given the Tilu Rauteli Awards. She recalled how Tilu Rauteli had entered the battlefield at the young age of fifteen and fought seven major battles. She was a role model for present day women. She praised the contribution of Angawadi workers to society and the state’s development. The minister participated in the programme dressed in the anganwadi workers attire. She also recalled that CM Dhami’s father had donated land for an anganbadi centre. Those who received the Tilu Rauteli awards were Dr Rajkumar Bhandari Chauhan, Shyama Devi, Anuradha Walia, Dr Kanchan Negi, Reena Rawat, Vandana Katariya, Chandrakala Tiwari, Namita Gupta, Binduvasini, Ruchi Kalakoti, Mamata Mehta, Anjana Rawat, Parvati Kiraula, Kanishka Bhandari, Bhavna Sharma, Gita Joshi, Babita Punetha, Dipika Bohra, Dipika Chufal, Rekha Joshi, Renu Gadkoti and Poonam Dobhal. The Anganwadi Workers awarded were Gaura Kohli, Pushpa Prahari, Pushpa Patni, Geeta Chand, Gulista, Anjana, Sanju Balodi, Meenu, Jyotika Pandey, Suman Panwar, Rakhi, Sushma Gusain, Asha Devi, Durga Bisht, Sohani Sharma, Vrinda, Pronnati Biswas, Hansi Thapola, Gayatri Danu, Hira Bhatt, Sushma Pandpuri and Seema Devi. Also present on the occasion were MLA Khajan Das, Secretary HC Semwal, Additional Secretary Prashant Arya and others.