ITANAGAR, Sept 3 - Binny Yanga, noted social worker and pioneering entrepreneur of Arunachal Pradesh, passed away in a Guwahati hospital today after prolonged illness, her family sources said.
She was 57 and is survived by husband, two sons and two daughters. She was wellknown for her selfless services for the welfare of poor and downtrodden people.
Founder of Oju Welfare Association (OWA), a non-governmental organisation based at Naharlagun, working for the welfare of weaker sections of the society and campaigning against social evils such as child marriage, forced marriage and dowry, she was honoured by the Government of India with Padmashri in 2012.
Born on July 7, 1958, Yanga did her education at Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan. During her student days, she had formed a girls� forum, All Subansiri District Girls Welfare Association, through which she raised her voice against social evils such as child marriage, forced marriage, dowry, among others.
Despite being diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2007, she continued to work for the OWA, which hosts 338 orphans and destitute. She also owns Oju Craft Centre, a small enterprise employing 200 workers. Arunachal Governor JP Rajkhowa and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki led the people of the State in mourning the demise of Binny Yanga. Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has also condoled Binny Yanga�s demise and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul. � Correspondent