Imphal: Manipur PHE minister L Dikho has been selected for the ‘National Corona Warrior Awards’ in the field of social work in recognition for his contribution towards the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The minister is among 65 people from the state who have been selected for the national and international awards to be held during the inaugural function of the 35th Rashtriya Samarpan Vijay Diwas in New Delhi on July 12, as per a statement issued by the Dalit Sahitya Academy Manipur.

Dikho has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 since the initial outbreak in the state last year. In March 2020, the minister donated the first TrueNat machine and medical items to Senapati district hospital in a bid to tackle the the pandemic.

Later, the two-time MLA from Mao assembly constituency also stepped in to procure TrueNat machines for all the hill districts of the state at a time when the demand for the machine was at its peak and the state was in dire need last year.

“I don’t claim to be the best person, neither am I the only people’s representative working in the fight against the pandemic. But among all other fighters, in big and small ways, recognising my little contribution and acknowledging me has humbled me and greatly boosted me morally,” Dikho told EastMojo on Friday.

“I extend my huge appreciation to Dalit Sahitya Academy Manipur for the recognition of my service towards my people in the fight against COVID-19,” he added.

Recently, the minister caught the attention of netizens when a picture of him and his wife Martha trekking remote villages to deliver COVID-19 medicines and oxygen concentrators in Senapati and Kangpokpi districts went viral on social media.

Manipur PHE minister L Dikho (right) and wife Martha trekking through remote villages to deliver COVID-19 medicines and oxygen concentrators in Senapati and Kangpokpi districts

He also recently donated Rs 15 lakh for purchasing and installing operation theatre equipment for COVID-19-positive pregnant women at the district hospital. Moreover, he delivered three dedicated ambulances fully equipped with modern amenities like oxygen support, stretcher trolley, doctor’s seat, etc, to PHCs at Paomata, Laii and Mao.

Last year, apart from setting up one of the best quarantine centres for returnees in his native village Punanamei, the minister also facilitated necessary arrangements like catering, providing vehicles for picking and dropping the returnees from other states under his constituency.

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The awardees have been selected from different walks of life which include awards like the National Corona Warrior Award conferred on nine people, Global Corona Warrior Award 2021 to one person, Bharat Ratna Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar International Award 2021 to one person, Babu Jagjivanram International Award 2021 to one person, International Young Star Award/Pride of Sri Lanka to two people, Social Scientist National Award 2021 to one person, Kala Kshetra International/National Award 2021 to four people, Indian Achiever Award 2021 to three people, Babujagjivan Ram National Award 2021 to two persons, Swami Vivekananda National Award 2021 to one person, Birangana Savitribai Phule National Award 2021 to one person, Rashtriya Jyotish Ratna Samman Padak 2021 to one person, Bharat Excellency Award 2021 to five people, Shikshak Ratna National Award 2021 to two people, Dr BR Ambedkar National Award 2021 to 25 people and Pride of India Young Star Award 2021 to six people.



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