Every year, the Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust (NBPAT) invites nominations for the Neerja Bhanot awards. The annual awards were instituted in 1990 in the memory of the brave Senior Flight Purser, Neerja, who saved hundreds of lives while sacrificing her own during a Pan Am plane hijack at Karachi Airport in September 1986.
The awards are based on the two core values of Neerja: Do your duty, come what may and never tolerate injustice or compromise on self-respect. “The two awards consist of Rs 1.50 lakh each, a citation and a trophy. The first award is conferred on an Indian woman who, when faced with social injustice, overcomes the situation with guts and grit and then helps other women in social distress, while the second award is conferred on any airline cabin crew member, worldwide, who goes beyond the call of duty in a difficult situation,” informs Aneesh Bhanot, Neerja’s brother and Honorary General Secretary, NBPAT.
This year, NBPAT has launched a unique mobile app - Neerja Bhanot App - that will make it convenient for everyone to nominate a deserving person from anywhere across the globe. “We wanted to reach out to as many people as possible and these days the digital format is the best medium,” said Akhil Bhanot, Managing Trustee, NBPAT.
The Neerja App will be available on both Android and iOS platforms and can be downloaded and installed free from Google Play Store for Android phones and tablets and Apple App Store for Apple products. The App has details of Neerja, the Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust, the earlier awardees, a picture gallery and a feedback section.“Anyone can nominate anybody and the Trust also accepts self-nominations. There is no nomination fee or any other sort of fees. Nominations are accepted throughout the year by the Trust. The Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust does not accept any donations either,” informs Aneesh.
The app was formally launched in Chandigarh by Maninder Singh, Chairman, Chandigarh Housing Board. Also present on the occasion was Air Marshal R S Bedi, Trustee, NBPAT and special invitees.