Chuchuyimlang Senso Mongdang (people’s union) gave the award to octogenerian Thakkar, founder of Nagaland Gandhi Ashram, at a function on Tuesday at Chuchuyimlang village near Mokokchung.
The award carrying Rs 1 lakh was given in recognition of his service to the people of Nagaland and Chuchuyimlang and surrounding villages for more than five decades, Senso Mongdang president Supongmatong said.
The ceremony was attended by over 3,000 people which included women and children. Thakkar gave back the money to the village for development work.
Born to Gujarati parents at Dahanu, a small town on the western coast of Maharashtra and inspired by the upsurge of nationalism in his younger days, Thakkar volunteered to come to Nagaland with a mission of service in 1955 at the age of 23. He made Nagaland his home.