SRINAGAR: The Government of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday announced the conferment of the Jammu and Kashmir Government Awards, 2023. These awards are conferred each year on the eve of Republic Day in recognition of contributions made by outstanding achievers in different fields viz; Achievements in the field of Literature, performing Art, excellence in Art & Crafts, Social Reforms and Empowerment, Meritorious Public Service, Lifetime Achievement in any other field, Award for Outstanding Sports Persons, Outstanding Media Persons and Outstanding Industrial Entrepreneurship.
This year, the government has conferred the award in the category of bravery to Deepak Kumar (Posthumously) S/o Rajinder Kumar R/o Dangri, Rajouri, Saroj Bala W/o Late Rajinder Kumar R/o Dangri, Rajouri.
In the field of Literature, the Jammu and Kashmir Government Award, 2022 for Literature have been conferred on Dhian Singh (Writer), Dr. Neelam Sarin (Hindi/Dogri Writer), Rajeshwar Singh Raju (Hindi/Dogri Writer), Ghulam Nabi Haleem (Kashmiri Author), Nisar Rahi (Pahari Writer).
The award in the category of Performing Arts have been conferred to Vidyut Jamwal (Film Actor), Aditya Dhar (Director), Mir Sarwar (Film Actor), Iqbal Khan (Film Actor), Noor Mohammad (Kashmiri Folk Singer).
Ravinder Jamwal (Sculptor) has been conferred with award in the category of Arts & Crafts.
Ravinder Pandita (Save Sharda Committee) has been conferred with award in the category of Social Reforms & Empowerment.
Award for Meritorious Public Service have been conferred to Finance Department, General Administration Department,PW(R&B) Department,Revenue Department, Information Technology Department, Department of Forest,Ecology & Environment, Tourism Department, Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department,J&K Public Service Commission,J&K Sports Council, District Administration, Shopian.District Administration, Ganderbal,District Administration, Kupwara,District Administration, Pulwama,District Administration, Jammu, District Administration, Udhampur, District Administration, Doda, Municipal Committee, Dooru-Verinag.
Award for Lifetime Achievements have been conferred to Bashir Bhaderwahi (Kashmiri/ Urdu Writer), Ustad Mohammad Yaqoob Sheikh (Kashmiri Sufi Classical Maestro), Vijay Kumar Sambyal (Indian Classical Maestro), Ramesh Hangloo (Founder/ Director,Radio Sharda).
Umran Malik (Cricket) ,Ishan Pandita (Footballer), Ankita Raina (Tennis) , Inshah Bashir (Basketball (Wheel Chair Player),Ayeera Hassan Chisti (Wushu), Soham Kamotra (Chess), Rahul Jangral (Mountaineering), Muskan Rana (Gymnastics), Kritarthi Kotwal (Fencing), Mannat Choudhary (Volley ball) have been conferred with the Award in the category of outstanding sports persons.
Tejinder Singh (Editor News 18) , Sominder Koul (Bureau Chief ANI), Nishikant Khajuria (Daily Excelsior) , Emmad Makdoomi (Greater Kashmir) have been conferred with the Award in the category of Outstanding Media Persons.