Investiture Ceremony for the 1st State Award postponed in February due to Covid pandemic

    Publish Date: 24 January, 2022

    Leh, January 20: The 1st State Awards for UT of Ladakh were announced on the occasion of last year’s Republic Day on 26 January 2021 where 16 individuals and organisations were announced to be honoured with the Awards. These awards were scheduled to be conferred in a separate Investiture Ceremony to be held in Dec 2021-Jan 2022. However, because of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic the ceremony could not be held and is now proposed to be held at any time in February 2022. During the function medal and citations would be conferred upon the State Awardees. Due to postponement, the cash prize of Rs. 51,000/- (Rupees Fifty one thousand only) has been credited in the bank accounts of all the State Awardees of the year 2021.

    It is pertinent to mention that the UT Administration has institutionalised the State Awards last year for recognising the contribution of individuals as well as of organisations for their outstanding works in the field of Bravery, Literature, Art & Craft, Social Reforms, Empowerment and Environment Protection, Public Service, Sports, Entrepreneurship & Progressive Farming and Teaching & Academics.

    The process of recommendations for conferment of State Awards was also notified. The final selection of awardees is made by the Hon’ble Lt. Governor on the recommendation of the UT Level Selection Committee.

    The Amount of Award consists of a medal of 25 gms gold of 18 carats, Rs.51,000/- and a citation. The medal is minted at the Government of India Mint at Mumbai and displays twin state birds i.e. Black Necked Crane, category of the award and name of the awardee besides national emblem.

    For the state awards of the year 2022, the applications were accepted till 31st October 2021 and now the selection of the state awardees is at the final stage. After approval of the competent authority awards will be announced on the occasion of Republic Day function 2022.

    The State Awards are an effort of the UT Administration of Ladakh to recognise the outstanding rich & exemplary work in various fields; be it promotion, conservation of Ladakhi culture, music and dying art or inspiring budding sportspersons to excel further or recognising the integrity zeal & commitment of a public servant who has contributed in the development of Ladakh.