The Ladakh administration Tuesday announced awards for 16 distinguished personalities and organisations for their excellence in various fields in the cold desert region, officials said.
The awardees included director of Leh-based laboratory Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) Om PrakashChaurasia.
On the 72nd Republic Day, the administration of Ladakh announced state awards to 16 distinguished persons and organisations in six different categories, an order issued by Commissioner Secretary General Administrative Department (GAD), Ladakh, Ajeet Kumar Sahu said.
The state awards in the category of literature, art and craft would be given to TseringGurmet of KungyamNyoma, Leh (sculpture); JamyangGyalson of CIBS, Choglamsar, Leh (literature); DorjayAngchuk of Skampari, Leh (music-surna) and Kachoo Ahmad Khan of GomaMinjee, Kargil (theatre artist) while Baquirya Health Care in Kargil, Bemathang, has been awarded in the category of Social Reforms and Empowerment, Sahu said.
For the public service, Om ParkashChausrasia, Director DIHAR Ladakh, has been selected for the award in the gazetted category, while in the non-gazetted category, Muhammad Baqir of Chanigund, Kargil (Sub-Inspector, Incharge Police post Minamarg, Kargil) and TseringNamgyal of Tsaskhan, Leh (cameraman) have been selected for the state award.
As per the order, the Municipal Committee, Leh and PHE Sub Division, Leh have been jointly selected for the award for public service while, designated COVID19 hospitals as well as staff working in all COVID testing laboratories in Leh and Kargil divisions have been awarded for managing the pandemic.
In the sports category, Rinchen Dolma of Spituk, Leh (ice hockey player) and Jigmet Dolma of IgooLeh (athletics) have been selected for the state award. SonamStanzin of Domkhar (thangjuk), Khaltsi and UrgainPhuntsog of ZimskhangGya, Leh in the category of Entrepreneurship and Progressive Farming will also receive the awards.
Muhammad Ali of Pishu, Kargil (teacher) has been selected for the state award in the category of teaching and academics, as per the order.
The state award carries cash of Rs 51,000, a medal and a citation.