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National Florence Nightingale Awards, 3 State Nurses Among 33 Awardees

NEW DELHI, May 12: The President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil today presented National Florence Nightingale Awards 2011 to 35 meritorious nursing personnel of the country at Rashtrapati Bhawan here on the occasion of International Nurses Day.

Konsam Satrabati Devi, Vungkhoniang and Thongam Binodini Devi from Manipur were among 35 nursing personnel honored with the prestigious award.

The other awardee nurses were Sallykutty E. George, Daman & Diu; Sugandhi V Policepatial, Karnataka; Gita Ben Trivedi, Gujarat; Droupadi Ghimiray, Sikkim; Sima Deb, Tripura; Sarita Thapa, Uttarakhand; Asha Ramdas Patil, Maharashtra; M.C. Lalitha, Karnataka; Sushama. S, Kerala; Nardi Bisht, Uttarakhand; Rina Samanta, West Bengal; Mallika Devi Pillai, Andaman & Nicobar; Arvind Bhaskar Kulkarni, Maharashtra; Prof. Sreelatha Pillai, Chhattisgarh; Rajani Kossambe, Daman & Diu; Nalini, Dadra & Nagar Haveli; Maj. Gen. J.K. Grewal, Delhi; Manjula Sharma, Delhi; Lucy Patric Simon, Delhi; Jacinta Gunjiyal, Delhi; Nimishaben Chavda, Gujarat; Hassina Wani, Jammu & Kashmir; Usha Devi V, Kerala; Laxmi. B, Karnataka; Lalbiaksangi, Mizoram; R. Kannammal, Puducherry; Narayan Bir, Tripura; Sister Shobhana, Tamil Nadu; Usha Srivastava, Uttarakhand; Madhuri Smith, Uttar Pradesh; Madhabi Das, West Bengal; and D. Ramani Premlatha, Karnataka.

National Florence Nightingale Nurses Awards are given as a mark of highest recognition for the meritorious services of the nurses and nursing profession in the country. Each award consists of cash reward of Rs. 50,000/-, a certificate and a medal. The Government of India has decided to give this award on 12th May every year by the President of India as this day is celebrated all over the world as “International Nurses Day” on the occasion of birthday of Florence Nightingale. At least one Award is earmarked for each State/UT, Central Govt, & Defense service subject to the availability of nursing personnel with meritorious services. The award is given to outstanding nursing personnel employed in Central, State/UTs and Voluntary Organizations.

Honoring the 35 meritorious awardees at Rashtrapati Bhavan today, the President of India said, “Nursing, indeed, is service towards humanity”.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express/ Manipur Info Centre)

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