Muthukulam: Environmental activist and social forestry enthusiast Kollakkal Devaki Amma won the Nari Shakti Puraskar for being a paragon in preserving nature. She won the highest civilian award for women in India at the age of 84.
Besides Devaki Amma, 44 other women also received award for their considerable contributions to the development and empowerment of women and welfare of the society.
Earlier, she had won the Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Award of the Central government for dedicating her life for trees and plants. Later, her elder daughter Prof. D Thankamani who was a HOD of Environmental Science department at Thiruvananthapuram Engineering College had also won the same award.
The state government’s Vanamitra Award, Swadeshi Science Congress’s Bhumitra Puraskar, Harita Vyakti Puraskar of Kerala State Biodiversity Board and Social Forestry Award of Alappuzha district etc., her array of other awards goes like this.
Devaki Amma commenced planting trees on her four and half acres of land four decades back. Now, this place has transformed into a forest which grows rare plant biodiversity.
Many people now visit Kollakkal house to learn about natural forestry.