The Jammu and Kashmir government has conferred state awards on 31 persons for their remarkable contribution in different fields.
Rakesh Kumar, a head assistant in the General Administration Department (GAD), has been accorded state award for bravery.
Kashmiri writer and poet, G N Aatish and writer Nirmal Kumar Gupta who goes by his pen name Nirmal Vinod have been accorded the state award for achievement in the field of literature.
Mipham Otsal (theatre), singers Jeevan Sharma, Mehmeet Syed and Dhanajay Koul have been accorded state award for performing arts.
Heritage conservationist, Saleem Beg has been accorded State life time achievement award.
Muhammad Maqbool Jan (papier-mâché) has been awarded for excellence in arts and crafts.
Educationist Sabbah Hajji has been awarded for excellence in social reforms and empowerment.
IAS officer Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, eye specialist Dr S Natrajan and ophthalmologist Dr Tariq Qureshi have been accorded the state award for meritorious public service.
Surya Bhanu Partap Singh (Wushu), Tajamul Islam (Kick Boxing), Hashim Manzoor (Karate), Akbar Khan (Cycling), Ishfaq Hussain Kand (Kayaking and Canoeing), Meenal Gupta (Chess), Nipu Jamwal (Judo), and Tsering Angmo, Rigzin Dolkar and Stanzin Laskit (Mountaineering) have been accorded state award for outstanding sports persons.
Manoj Koul of ETV, Neeraj Rohmetra of Daily Excelsior, Tahir Mohuiddin of Chattan and Zafar Choudhary of News Now have been accorded state award for outstanding media persons.
Sonam Wangchuk has been accorded state award for outstanding environmentalist. Zia Ashai has been accorded state award for outstanding industrial entrepreneurship.
Saleem Beg gets a cash award of Rs 1 lakh, a medal and citation, G N Aatish and Nirmal Kumar Gupta gets a cash award of Rs 51,000, a shawl worth Rs 10,000 and a citation while others get a cash award of Rs 51,000, a medal and citation.