Itanagar: Noted social worker of Arunachal Binny Yanga has been conferred Padmashree, the fourth highest civilian award, in recognition of her immense contribution in the field of social work.

Yanga, who heads the Oju Welfare Association (OWA), an NGO that works for education, health and upbringing of socially disadvantaged sections, besides promoting income generation activities and training of tribal women of the state, is among the 109 recipients of Padma Awards-2012.
She is one of 19 women among the awardees and one of the six achievers from the North East to have been conferred the award.

Yanga would be the fourth from Arunachal to receive the Padmashree award after former Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee President late Omem Moyong Deori, Buddhist monk Lama Thuptem Phuntsok and prominent author, poet and journalist Mamang Dai.

Sharing her delight, the recipient of prestigious Durgabai Deshmukh Award in 2002 said, “it’s (the Award) the recognition of my long 32 years hard work for the uplift of the tribal society in Arunachal. What else I could have asked for!"

Also giving credit to her well-wishers especially the Governor, Yanga said, "I am indebted to governor J J Singh, who has been so cooperative to me and made me one of the recipients."

"It has not just given me the national recognition but has also encouraged me to work with renewed vigour for the well being of underprivileged sections of the society,” signed off the entrepreneur-turned-social activist, who also bagged the NCDC Cooperative Excellence Award previously and various certificates of honour from different parts of country and abroad.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki congratulated Binny Yanga for making it to the prestigious list of Padma Shree awardees.

"This is a moment of pride for Arunachal Pradesh, especially for the womenfolk. After Mamang Dai, the conferment of the fourth highest civilian award on Yanga is a testimony to the contributions made by women of the state," Tuki said.