Former Chief Justice of India and current Rajya Sabha MP, Ranjan Gogoi, is set to be honored with the prestigious ‘Assam Baibhav’ award, the highest civilian award in Assam. This announcement was made by the Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, who highlighted Gogoi’s significant contributions to the field of justice and jurisprudence. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on February 10.
Third Edition of Assam Baibhav Awards
This marks the third year of the Assam Baibhav awards, with the inaugural award presented to business magnate Ratan Tata in the first year, followed by journalist Tapan Saikia in the second year. The decision to confer this year’s award upon Ranjan Gogoi reflects the state government’s acknowledgment of his exceptional service and achievements.
Recognition of Gogoi’s Contribution
Chief Minister Sarma, in his announcement, emphasized the groundbreaking role played by Ranjan Gogoi as the first judge from the North East to assume the position of Chief Justice of India. Sarma commended Gogoi’s efforts in expanding the delivery of justice and enriching the country’s jurisprudence. The Chief Minister also credited Gogoi for his role in the establishment of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, emphasizing the significant impact of Gogoi’s Assamese roots on this historic development.
Gogoi’s Post-Retirement Role
After retiring as Chief Justice, Ranjan Gogoi was nominated as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha. Notably, he led a bench in 2019 that delivered a landmark verdict in the Ram Janmabhumi-Babri Masjid title dispute, favoring the construction of the Ram Temple. Gogoi’s nomination to the Rajya Sabha and subsequent contributions in the Parliament underscore his continued engagement in public service.
Assam Baibhav: Honoring Excellence in Service and Contributions
The Assam Baibhav, the state’s top civilian award, was announced by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on December 2, 2021, during Assam Day. It includes a ₹5 lakh cash prize and lifelong government-sponsored medical treatment. The award features the Jaapi image and “Assam Baibhav” in Assamese on a Hollong tree leaf.
Important Questions Related to Exams
1. Who was honored with the Assam Baibhav award in 2021 for contributions to cancer care?
2. What is the cash prize associated with the Assam Baibhav award?
3. In which field did Dr. Tapan Saikia, awarded in 2022, make significant contributions?
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