Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Government announced 31 State Awards under 11 categories on the eve of Republic Day.
Award for Bravery
Rakesh Kumar, Head Assistant, GAD.
Award for Achievements in the field of Literature
G.N.Aatish (Kashmiri writer/poet).
Nirmal Kumar Gupta, alias Nirmal Vinod (Writer).
Balraj Bakshi (Writer/poet).
Award for Performing Arts
Mipham Otsal (Theatre).
Jeevan Sharma (Singer).
Mehmeet Syed (Singer).
Dhananjay Koul (Singer).
Award for Excellence in Arts & Crafts
Mohammad Maqbool Jan, Papier mache.
Award for Social Reforms & Empowerment
Sabbah Haji, Director, Haji Public School, Breswana, Doda.
Award for Meritorious Public Service
Dr. Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, IAS
Dr. S. Natrajan, Eye Specialist (Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital Private Limited, Mumbai).
Dr. Tariq Qureshi, Opthalmologist, GMC, Srinagar.
Award for Lifetime Achievement
M. Saleem Beg, Convener, INTACH, J&K/Former Member and Chairperson, National Monuments Authority.
Award for Outstanding Sports Persons
Surya Bhanu Partap Singh (Wushu).
Tajamul Islam (Kick Boxing).
Hashim Mansoor (Karate).
Akbar Khan (Cycling).
Ishfaq Hussain Kand (Kayaking & Canoeing).
Meenal Gupta (Chess).
Nipu Jamwal (Judo).
Tsering Angmo (Mountaineering).
Tashi Laskit (Mountaineering).
Rigzin Dolkar (Mountaineering).
Stanzin Laskit (Mountaineering).
Award for Outstanding Media Persons
Manoj Koul, ETV.
Neeraj Rohmetra, Daily Excelsior.
Tahir Mohi-ud-din, Chattan Newspaper.
Zafar Choudhary, Editor, News Now.
Award for Outstanding Environmentalists
Sonam Wangchuk (Ice Stupa Project), Leh.
Award for Outstanding Industrial Entrepreneurship
Zia Ashai, M/s Supertherm, IE Shalteng (Manufacturer of Kerosene & Gas Bukharies).