President Pranab Mukherjee will confer the Dr. Durgabai Deshmukh Awards for Women's Development for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 at a function on November 5 at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The Durgabai Deshmukh Award for women's development was constituted in 1997 by Central Social Welfare Board, an autonomous organization of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, to honour the memory of its founder chairperson Dr. Durgabai Deshmukh.
Dr. Deshmukh was an active participant in the independence movement. She founded the Andhra Mahila Sabha and as Chairperson of the Central Social Welfare Board, she imparted to the organisation her distinct flair for activism in the sphere of women's welfare and development.
She contributed greatly to developing the Board as a body which links the government and non-government sectors to ameliorate the status of women and children in the country.
The award is presented to an organisation which has made outstanding or innovative contribution to women's welfare and empowerment and has at least five years of working experience in the field.
The award carries an amount of Rs. 5 lakhs, a citation and a shawl. (ANI)