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Binny Yanga: Recipient of Padma Shri

Binny Yanga was a social worker, a former member of the National Planning Commission of India and the founder of Oju Welfare Association (OWA), a non-governmental organization based in Arunachal Pradesh, working for the welfare of the weaker sections of the society and campaigning against social illnesses such as child marriage, forced marriage and dowry. She was honored in 2012, with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri. Binni Yanga was born on 7 July 1958 in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh to late Binni Jaipu, a former political assistant at Lower Subansiri district and Binni Yanya, known for her efforts for the revival of traditional handlooms, as the elder of their two daughters, the younger being Gumri Ringu, the incumbent chairman of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women. She did her education at Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan and during her student days, she formed a girls' forum, All Subansiri District Girls Welfare Association. After her studies, she started her career as a teacher. During this period, she set up an adult education and nursery centre in 1979 and, later, a shelter home for destitute girls. In 1987, Yanga joined Arunachal Police Force, when the first batch of women officers were inducted in 1987. After only a year of service with the police force, she resigned in 1988 to enter social service on a fulltime basis. Binni Yanga was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2007 but carried on with her activities. She lived in Naharlagun in Arunachal Pradesh and owned Oju Craft Centre, a small enterprise employing 200 workers. She died on 3 September 2015. Binni Yanga registered the adult education and nursery centre she started in 1979 as a society in 1988, under the name Oju Welfare Association (OWA). The centre has grown over the years into an organization of larger proportions, covering a number of divisions, each catering to a specified purpose. OWA maintains a free educational institution in Seppa with a student strength of 100 boys and girls, a children's home, Shishu Greh, home to 150 orphaned children, Short Stay Home, a temporary place of residence with a capacity to house 45 destitute girls or women, a working women's hostel, a family counseling centre and a women's help line. They also run a girls' school, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya at Jang in Tawang district, a secondary school following CBSE syllabus and a vocational training centre. OWA also hosts the central government agencies, Jan Shiksha Sansthan and State Resource Centre in its premises.


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