Port Blair, April 5: The A&N Islands Khadi & Village Industries Board has been awarded the prestigious ‘National Award’ for its outstanding performance under Khadi & Village Industries sector during the year 2011-12. The prestigious award has assumed great significance as it coincides with the Silver Jubilee Year celebration of the Board.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee gave away the award to the Director of Industries, Shri M.N. Murali at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 3rd April 2013.

Following the receipt of the award, the Secretary (Industries), along with the Director and Executive Officer (A&N KVIB) today called on the Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, at Raj Niwas with the award. The Lt Governor has congratulated and appreciated the efforts of the A&NI KVIB and advised the Board to continue the good work towards reduction of unemployment problem in the Islands and other initiatives.

The award was conferred to the A&NI KVIB considering the outstanding performance at National level (Non-NE) for successful implementation of Khadi & Village Industries Programme in the Islands and on the recommendation of the Khadi & Village Industries Commission, Mumbai.