Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rayagada, Apr 26:
For able leadership and woman empowerment dongaria Sarpanch Dinja Jakesika of Kurli panchayat in Bissamcuttack block of Odisha has been felicitated by New Delhi based Institute of Social Science (ISS).
On the eve of women’s political empowerment day Jakesika was given the Outstanding Women Panchayat Leaders 2016 award in a ceremony in New Delhi.
In an event held in New Delhi, National Commission for Women Chairperson Lalita Kumarmangalam as the chief guest, while Columbia ambassador Monica L Muotish, Chairman of ISS Snarayudu Roy, Bidyut Mohanty ISS Women Chapter, George Mathew President.
Lalitha Kumara Mangalam said that Dinja Jakesika is a role model for others for taking various steps towards the development of dongaria kondhs in a remote Odisha.
After getting the award, Dinja thanked to the dongaria kondhs who supported her in 2012 and said that education and industralisation can bring the development in the region.
Dinja has been successful in sending 200 students to nearby tribal residential for education and 80 students to Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar and Ram Krishna Mission, Hatamuniguda for better education . She is also instrumental in completing 260 Indra Awas Yojana in her panchyat area while another 400 are in pipeline.
The Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi has been celebrating this historic day as “Women’s Political Empowerment Day” at the national level, since 24th April 1994.