Nari Shakti Puraskar 2018
President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Nari Shakti Awards, 2018 on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8th March. Nari Shakti awards are the the highest civilian honour for women in India.
44 Nari Shakti awards were presented for the year 2018 and the awardees include Scientists, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, social workers, farmers, artists, masons, a woman marine pilot, a woman commando trainer, journalists and film-makers.
Nari Shakti Puraskar was also awarded to One Stop Centre of Lucknow and Tamil Nadu State Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Department.
Tamil Nadu State Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Department got the award for exceptional progress in improving child sex ratio at birth under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme.
One Stop Centres are established by the Ministry of Women and Child Development for violence affected women in all districts of the country.
One Stop Centres provide 24×7 integrated services to women affected by violence under one roof, including handholding them in the filing of FIRs, providing them legal aid, medical aid, psycho-social counselling and temporary shelter up to 5 days.