Imphal | March 11, 2018
Manipur’s Chirom Indira was awarded the prestigious award ‘‘Nari Shakti Puraskar 2017’’ by Hon’ble President of India Ram Nath Kovind on the occasion of International Women’s Day held at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi on 8th March, 2018 for her remarkable contribution towards the women empowerment, development of socio-economic conditions of the weaker sections and handloom sector.
Chirom Indira was one of the women entrepreneur, designer, exporter and social worker from the Northeastern region of India. Her dedication and contribution for the development of handloom sector and working for the women empowerment made her a well-known figure in the region. She was born in Sagolband Sayang Kurao Makhong (Imphal West). Activities such as social works, women empowerment and working for the development of socio-economic condition of the weaker sections were always close to her heart. As a woman entrepreneur, she believed communal harmony is key to social development in multi ethnic society like Manipur. Empowering and embedding self-esteem into women is her life’s biggest mission. She is also a strong supporter for women empowerment. By giving women skills and new opportunities, we can unlock their full potential and enable every woman to find a new meaningful place in society.
She has earlier received many prestigious awards. In 2015 She became the first Indian recipient of the National Award in Design Development of Handloom Products, honoured by Ministry of Textiles. She was also honoured ‘‘DMA All India Women Entrepreneurs Award 2018 (Super Achiever Award)’’ by Delhi Management Association (DMA). She is a woman who has consistently strived hard to attain sky height success and still managed to maintain her foot firmly on the ground.
Ministry of Women & Child Development, Govt. of India confers the ‘Highest Civilian Honour for Women’’ on International Women’s Day, 8th March, every year by presenting ‘‘Nari Shakti Puraskars’’. The objective of the award is to acknowledge and recognize the services of individuals and institutions who have made a lasting contribution to women’s empowerment. The awards are also an effort to recognize role models who act as torch bearers for the younger generation and catalysts of change in the lives of women and society at large.