cknowledging her contribution in women empowerment, the state government on Wednesday honoured Amarinder Kaur, principal conservator of forests (PCCF), Haryana, and the first woman to head a state’s forest department in India, with ‘Stree Shakti Puruskar’ on Wednesday.
State education minister Ram Bilas Sharma presented the prestigious state award to Amarinder Kaur at a function in Panipat.
She got the recognition for her contribution towards sustaining 2,200 women self-help groups (SHGs) and involving 25,000 women in conservation of natural resources.
Meanwhile, Amarinder donated the award money of Rs 21,000 to the state cell for the cause of women empowerment.
A 1983-batch Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, Amarinder was appointed as PCCF of Haryana on October 30 last year. A PhD in forestry extension, Kaur made consistent efforts in designing, implementation and supervision of programmes for women empowerment in the villages throughout the state where the community forestry project was implemented successfully.