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“Name awards after Ambedkar, Savitribai Phule”

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NEW DELHI: The Bahujan Samaj Party on Friday urged the Centre to name national/international awards after B.R. Ambedkar and Savitribai Phule.

Raising the issue in the Rajya Sabha, BSP's Ambeth Rajan said since the country honours its eminent citizens by naming awards in their name, such as Teachers' Day awards on former president S. Radhakrishnan's birthday, B.C. Roy award for science, and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for excellence in sports, similar awards could be instituted for women teachers.

“Savitribai Phule was one of the pioneers of women's education in India and the first female teacher in our country. Ours is the second largest democracy with a written constitution and Dr. Ambedkar is the Father of our Constitution. It is very unfortunate that none of the prominent awards are given in the names of these leaders,” Mr. Rajan said during the Zero Hour submission.

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