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Award for woman vendor

Kokrajhar, March 21: Vegetable vendor Tipri Daimary, who had started her business when it was considered taboo for women to do so, was today awarded for her outstanding contribution in the field of vegetable vending.

Daimary of Mwiderkoro village on the outskirts of this town had taken up vegetable vending about three decades ago to make ends meet. She belonged to a very poor family, had six children, an unemployed husband and was struggling to survive.

Under the circumstances, she bravely took up the trade along with a few other women. The Kokrajhar Daily Market is now a thriving vegetable hub in the heart of this town.

Her venture has since inspired thousands of poverty-stricken women in the Bodo belt to earn their own livelihood.

As recognition of her outstanding contribution, the North East Research & Social Work Networking, a Kokrajhar-based voluntary organisation, conferred on her the 3rd Aijw Falangi Bantha (women entrepreneur award) 2014 at a ceremonial programme here today. The award comprises a citation, Rs 10,000 in cash, an aaronai (traditional Bodo scarf) and a shawl.

The award was given by chief guest Birubala Rabha, a crusader against witch-hunting and a former nominee for Nobel Peace Prize.

It was facilitated by Raju Kr Narzary, executive director of North East Research & Social Work Networking. The function was attended by several dignitaries.

Rabha spoke about her decade-long crusade against witch-hunt. She said in this age of science and technology, a large chunk of population, including educated people, still believes in witchcraft. “We have to fight to eradicate this social evil so that our younger generation can live in a more rational and just society,” she said.

Many women dignitaries addressed the gathering. Writer Pratibha Brahma urged women to play an active role in the Lok Sabha polls by electing a suitable candidate who would work to further women’s cause in the region.