New Delhi: Former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was conferred with the Netaji Award 2022 by Netaji Research Bureau on Sunday. Consul General of Japan in Kolkata Nakamura Yutaka received the honour on behalf of Abe at a function at the Elgin Road residence of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary.
Japanese Ambassador to India Satoshi Suzuki addressed the programme virtually from New Delhi. Sugata Bose, the grand-nephew of the legendary freedom fighter and Director of Netaji Research Bureau, described Abe as a great admirer of Netaji.
Further, this evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will award the Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskars to individuals and organisations in India who have made significant contributions to disaster management.
During the occasion, a total of seven prizes will be awarded to winners from the previous four years, with this year’s awards going to the Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM) in the institutional category and Professor Vinod Sharma in the person category.
Every year on January 23, the Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar is announced to commemorate Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary. The award comes with a cash prize of 51 lakh and a certificate for an institution and a cash prize of 5 lakh and a certificate for a person. Last year, the government declared that Subhas Chandra Bose’s birthday would be commemorated as ‘Parakram Diwas’ every year.
The Republic Day celebrations will begin on January 23 this year, rather than January 24, to coincide with Netaji’s birth date. At 6 p.m., Prime Minister Modi will unveil the hologram statue of Netaji at an event at India Gate in Delhi.
(With Inputs from PTI)