On the occasion of the 72nd Independence Day, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh conferred state awards to 17 eminent personalities for their outstanding contribution in various fields.

One of the recipients, Yashvir Goyal from Bathinda, is a deaf and dumb child who has excelled in Badminton and Chess games and brought laurels for the city and the state by securing several medals in state and national badminton and chess championships.

Till today, Yashveer has won Achievement Award in the Global Information Technology (IT) Challenge for Youths, held at Hanoi (Vietnam) in 2017, Gold Medal in National IT Championship for Youths with Disability, held at National Institute of Technology (NIT), Kurukshetra and organised by Government of India in 2017 and Overall Trophy in the same championship. He is only boy from whole of Punjab till today, who has won these honours.

In sports, Yashveer has also been making his presence felt as he has won two medals (One Silver and one bronze) in Punjab State Deaf Badminton Championship-2018 and one bronze medal in Punjab State Cities Team Chess Championship-2018. He has also participated in the National Cities Team Chess Championship, held at Siliguri (West Bengal) in the first week of August 2018.

The CM also conferred certificate and cash award to Sahil Chopra of Patiala for clinching eight international and 13 national level medals in swimming.

District Programme Officer Tarn Taran Hardeep Kaur was honoured for her commendable services in ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’. Eliza Bansal of Lehragaga, Sangrur was honoured for securing first position in All India Examination of AIIMS.

Forest and wildlife security officer Davinder Singh received the award for discharging his duties with utmost dedication, devotion, passion and honesty.

Shalma Sall of Payal sub division was awarded for successfully running a gaushala and looking after 33 cows having nil milk production. Rupinder Kaur, who is president of Power House Youth Club Patiala, was also honoured for her social services and fight against social evils including drugs, female foeticide, dowry etc.

Renowned industrialist Sanjiv Arora was honoured for serving cancer patients and ensuring free of cost treatment to more than 100 cancer patients of poor families since 2005. The CM also honoured Sukhpal Singh, sanitary inspector of Nagar Council Ferozepur for effectively implementing Swachh Bharat mission and constructing toilets in 1270 houses.