Himachal activist gets Rajiv Gandhi award

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh-based social activist Mallika Nadda was honoured by the central government Monday for working to uplift disabled children, an official statement said here.

Nadda, who founded the NGO Chetna, was presented the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Sewa Award 2010 by union Minister of State for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath at a national-level function held in New Delhi.

She was presented a citation and Rs.100,000 cash award for her services to differently-abled children in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh, including providing them education, speech therapy and vocational training.

Her NGO started community-based rehabilitation programmes initially in 10 panchayats in Bilaspur which has now been extended to all 151 panchayats in the district, the statement added.

Special children trained by Chetna have excelled in international events.

Geeta Devi had won a gold medal in Bocce in 2003 World Summer Games in Ireland while Vikram won gold in volleyball in 2007 World Summer Games in Shanghai, China.

IANS

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