The award set up in the name of the late social campaigner Subash Darnal carries a purse of Rs 500,000.
Darnal also served as founding chairman of the Jagaran Media Centre, an organisation established by Dalit journalists to raise voices against caste-based discrimination.
The award will be handed out amid a programme to be organised on July 16 to mark Darnal's death anniversary, said Darnal's wife Sarita Pariyar, also chairperson of the Sarita Pariyar Trust based in
through which the award is provided. New