Guwahati: The Assam government has decided to confer the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Award for National Integration and National Contribution on Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu.
The decision was taken in the cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
The award will be presented to Naidu during his proposed visit to Assam on October 3.
The award has been named after Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi, a freedom fighter and Assam’s first chief minister after the country’s independence.
The prize amount of the biennial award was increased to Rs 5 lakh from Rs two lakh. The award also carries a citation.
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi is called the architect of modern Assam. He was honoured with the Bharat Ratna for his contributions to the society in1999.