New Delhi: On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday interacted with ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’ awardees in the national capital and appreciated their contribution to the society. While interacting with the ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’ awardees, PM Modi told them that they have become an inspiration for many in the society today. Also Read - International Women's Day: President Ram Nath Kovind Greets Nation, to Present Nari Shakti Puraskar to 44 Recipients on Friday

“When you started your work, you must have done it as a mission or to do something valuable in life or would have just gone with the flow. It must have not been for reward but today you’ve become an inspiration for others,” PM Modi told them. Also Read - WCD calls for nominations for 2018 'Nari Shakti Puraskar'

Earlier in the day, President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Nari Shakti Puraskar to 15 women in Rashtrapati Bhavan on occasion of International Women’s Day 2020. Acknowledging exceptional work towards women empowerment, the award is generally given every year to individuals, groups or institutions for their contribution to society.

While interacting with ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’ awardee Bhudevi, PM Modi told her, “I congratulate you for your efforts. The Central government this year has taken up a very big mission for Farmer Producer Organizations(FPOs), you must avail its benefits.”

On the other hand, Arifa from Kashmir shared her success story with PM Modi during the interaction, saying, “Generally, it’s hard for entrepreneurs from grassroots to get appreciation”.

The women who received the Nari Shakti Puraskar from President Ram Nath Kovind include 103-year-old athlete Mann Kaur, Farmers Bina Devi and Padala Bhudevi, Indian Air Force’s first women fighter pilots Bhawana Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi, Environmentalist Chami Murmu, Artisan Arifa Jaan, Automotive research professional Rashmi Urdhwardeshe, Entrepreneur Nilza Wangmo, Twin Mountaineers Tashi and Nungshi Malik, Lady Mason Kalavati Devi, classical vocalist Kaushiki Chakroborty and 98-year-old Karthyayini Amma who topped literacy exam in 2018. Another awardee 105-year-old Bhageerathi Amma could not attend the function to receive the award.

Ahead of the award ceremony, a special screening of ‘Swachh Bharat – India’s Sanitation Story’ was held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre.

Instituted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the Nari Shakti Puraskar is given in recognition of exceptional work for women empowerment conferred every year on March 8 as a mark of respect and recognition for those who contribute towards the empowerment of women.