Eleven differently abled people received state awards on Monday for their extraordinary achievements in fields such as sports, art and entrepreneurship.
Four medalists from the Berlin 2023 Paralympic Games were also honored by Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a ceremony held at the Shah Auditorium in Civil Lines. The CM praised the awardees, who, he said, serve as inspiration as they turned their disabilities into strength. Two hospitals specializing in services for the differently abled, Dr. Ambedkar Hospital and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, were also felicitated.
“All of these people have turned their disabilities into their strengths. I was able to interact with some award winners. Some are motivational speakers, some play handball, some compose music and some paint. They have left behind the capable and physically well-being people. They turned their disabilities into their strength,” Kejriwal said.
The awardees included Mallikarjuna Iytha, who has a locomotor disability, won the award for entrepreneur with disability (male), Kartikeya Goel, who has visual and hearing impairment, won the award for best sportsperson with disability (male); Munna Khalid, who has an orthopedic disability, won in the best disabled sportsperson category; Chetan Upadhyay, who has a locomotor disability, and Anuj Saxena, who is visually impaired, won the best creative person (male) award.