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Sumitra Hazarika(Source: TIE)

Assam’s woman activist Sumitra Hazarika on Thursday received the Nari Shakti Award from President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. Hazarika is the President of Mission for Integration, Gender Equalization, Harmony and Fight against Threat (MIGHT) and was the only Assamese to receive the award this year, an official release said in Guwahati.

Instituted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in 1999 to recognise women who have made a lasting contribution to women’s empowerment, Sumitra Hazarika is the only awardee this year from Assam to have been chosen for the award.

In her reaction, Hazarika told newsmen that it is a proud moment for her to have received the coveted award which would inspire and motivate her to further the cause of women’s empowerment in the days ahead.