Chennai | Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today gave away the Avvaiyaar Award for the year 2016 to Dr Sarada Menon, well-known psychiatrist and founder of Schizophrenia Care and Research Foundation (SCARF).
Sarada Menon, a former head of state-run Institute of Mental Health, is a Padma Bhushan recipient and her name for the award was announced in March this year in recognition of her services, especially through SCARF, an official release said.
Jayalalithaa gave away the award to Dr Menon at the Secretariat here. The award comprises Rs one lakh cash, 8 gm gold medal and a silk shawl.
Jayalalithaa wished Dr Menon with many more years of good health and services to the people, the release said.
In her acceptance speech, Dr Menon hailed Jayalalithaa for being very sympathetic, supportive and helpful regarding all services rendered to the mentally ill/disabled and recalled the Chief Minister’s all support to SCARF in 1995.
The award, constituted in 2012 by the government, is given to women who had performed exceptionally well in the fields of social reforms, women’s development and religious harmony among others.
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