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- Sethrichem Sangtam, who helped triple the income of 1,200 marginal farmers in eastern Nagaland, was honored with the first Rohini Nayyar Award for outstanding contribution to rural development.
- The award, given to a person aged 40 years or less, was presented by Suman Berry, Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog.
- Dr. Nayyar, a noted economist and former principal advisor to the erstwhile Planning Commission, was one of India’s foremost authorities on rural development. He passed away in October 2021.
- The award was established by the family of late Dr. Rohini Nayyar, an eminent scholar-administrator who spent most of her professional life working on issues related to rural development in India.