The Kerala government has announced an annual award for women in the name of ‘Dakshayani Velayudhan’, the lone dalit woman in constituent assembly. The award would be bestowed on a woman who works for the empowerment of other needy women. The woman will also be given a cash prize of Rupees one lakh, a citation and a sculpture. This award would be presented on the International Women’s Day this year.
There are certain Terms and conditions for the applicants, should be those working in the field at least for the last five years and should work in a manner that is conducive to the empowerment of women and the upliftment of the marginalised.
The winner would be selected by a screening committee headed by a gender advisor formed at the government level. Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac had first announced the prestigious award while presenting the state budget in 2019.