Shobha Gasti, who started Mahilla Abhivrudhi Mattu Samrakshana Samasthe (MASS) that works in 360 villages across three talukas in Belagavi, Karnataka, has been awarded for her exemplary contribution for the cause of empowerment of women and girls.

Nari Shakti Puraskar : The Nari Shakti Puraskar is the highest civilian honour specifically for women in India. It is an annual award that is conferred by the Ministry of Women and Child Development of the Government of India to individual women and institutions in recognition of their relentless service towards the cause of women empowerment and social welfare.