IMPHAL, September 15: Awards and pensions were distributed to differently-abled persons in connection with the Khondram Angou Memorial BI (Bravery Incentive) Award , 2014 which was organised by the International HandicappedWelfare Mission (INHAWEM) Manipur at Manipur Press Club here today.
The function was graced by Konthoujam MLA, K Sarat Singh (Pension Donor); Padmashri L Nabakishore, Father of Handicapped (Pension Donor); Ng Tezkumar Singh, Director of Prosecution, Govt of Manipur; L Ibomcha Singh, State Commissioner for persons with disabilities; UCM president Y Nabachandra Singh and Award donor A Guni Devi.
Delivering the keynote address at the function, INHAWEM general secretary Lokendro said that the conferment of the Bravery Incentive award sponsored by the Handicapped Mission began in 2012 but from this year the award function will be sponsored by the family of Khondram Angou in his memory.
The award is mainly conferred to the people who come forward and marry the handicapped and uplift them. The award is an appreciation and an inspiration for the people, he said.
Speaking at the function, Ng Tezkumar Singh said that a handicapped person should not be referred to as being handicapped but as a differently-abled person because they can do things differently.
This year the Bravery Incentive Awards were given to four couples namely Keisham Bishorjit Singh and Keisham (O) Khamdonbi, Ngairangbam Enaocha Singh and Ngairanbam (O) Lalita Devi, S Damkhohat Aimol and K Amang Aimol and Usam (O) Rashesbri and Usam Ropen Singh.
Moreover, annual pensions were given to 202 people. During the function, a sum of Rs 5000 was donated to the handicapped by K Sarat Singh, L Nabakishore and Ng Tezkumar Singh.