General Council of Pakistan Institute of LabourEducation and Research (PILER) decided to institute the Nirmala Deshpande South Asian Peace and Justice Award, which includes a cash prize of Rs 1 million, at a meeting held yesterday.
The award is a "mark of abiding respect for Didi Nirmala Deshpande and a permanent tribute to her service to humanity", PILER said in a statement. PILER executive director Karamat Ali said an independent jury, selected from all eight member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, will decide the recipients of the award.
The award will be given away every year on October 17, the birthday of Deshpande. "There would be no other better method to recognise the service of Didi Nirmala," Ali said. Popularly known throughout South and
Ali and rights activist B M Kutty, who attended Deshpande's funeral in Delhi, brought an urn containing her ashes to