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National Youth Awards for excellent work and contribution in different fields of development and social service

The Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports (I/C) Shri Kiren Rijiju here today conferred the National Youth Awards on individuals (aged between 15-29 years) and organizations for excellent work and contribution in different fields of development and social service, such as health, promotion of human rights, active citizenship, community service etc.

The objective of the awards given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Department of Youth Affairs is to motivate young persons to achieve excellence in the field of national development and social service, to encourage young people to develop a sense of responsibility to the community and thus to improve their own personal potential as good citizens and to give recognition to the outstanding work done by voluntary organizations working with the youth for national development including social service.
During the National Youth Awards Function, Shri Kiren Rijiju also inaugurated a Photo Exhibition on “China through Eyes of Indian Youth - 2019”. It was an exhibition of photos taken by youth delegates who participated in the recent Youth Exchange Program to China.

NYA 2016-17 was conferred upon the following 20 individuals and 3 organizations:


S. No.
Name
State
Individual Category
1.
Rohit Kumar Kashyap
Uttar Pradesh
2.
Vinit Devidas Malpure
Maharashtra
3.
Momota Thounaojam
Manipur
4.
Nitesh Kumar Sahu
Chhattisgarh
5.
Oddiraju Vamshikrishna
Telangana
6.
Prince Singhal
Jharkhand
7.
Apoorv Om
Delhi
8.
A G Padmanaban
Tamil Nadu
9.
Onkar Rajiv Navalihalkar
Maharashtra
10.
Gattem Venkatesh
Andhra Pradesh
11.
Kh Krishna Mohan Singha
Assam
12.
Prudhvi Golla
Andhra Pradesh
13.
Raju Gorai
West Bengal
14.
Rahul Dabur
Haryana
15.
Hansraj Khatawaliya
Rajasthan
16.
Priteesh Kumar
Uttar Pradesh
17.
Mrityunjay Dwivedi
Uttar Pradesh
18.
Mitesh Gajjar
Gujarat
19.
Subrat Kumar Das
Odisha
20.
Manu Kamboj
Rajasthan
Organization Category
1.
Eco-Pro Bahuuddeshiya Sanstha, Chandrapur
Maharashtra
2.
Care and Share Foundation
Manipur
3.
Samutkars Yuva Vikas Navyuvak Mandal
Rajasthan

The individual award comprises of a medal, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/-. The award to a youth organisation includes a medal, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 2,00,000/-. In addition, 3 awards were also conferred to individuals for the Photo Exhibition on “China through Eyes of Indian Youth - 2019”.
Congratulating the winners of the awards and greeting everyone on the occasion of the International Youth Day, Sh Rijiju said that the Ministry is organizing various programmes to motivate youth, under the guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narender Modi ji. The National Youth Awards Function is one such programme. He stressed that India is a young country filled with immense potential. The development of the country is in the hands of youth who can shape its future. If the energy of youth is channelized in right direction, the progress of country in various fields can gain momentum, and youth can become prosperous. The Minister said that the youth are idealistic, aim high and when they achieve their goals through their efforts, it becomes necessary to grant recognition to their efforts, which has been attempted through this program. Sh Rijiju said that the awards give recognition as well as encouragement to the winners, but at the same time gives them onerous responsibility to carry forward the good work being done by them. He said that one should not age in thoughts and action, and should remain young at heart.