President Kovind presents Gandhi Peace Prize to Akshaya Patra Foundation and others
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 at Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Tuesday. The award, comprises of a cash award of one crore rupees, a citation in a scroll, a plaque and a traditional handicraft item.
For 2015, Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari was conferred the award for its contribution in Rural Development, Education and Development of natural resources.
For 2016, the award was presented jointly to Akshaya Patra Foundation for its contribution in providing mid-day meals to millions of children across India and Sulabh International for its contribution in improving the condition of sanitation in India and emancipation of manual scavengers.
For 2017, Ekal Abhiyan Trust was conferred the award for its contribution in providing Education for Rural and Tribal Children in remote areas pan India, Rural Empowerment, Gender and Social Equality.
For 2018, Japan’s Yohei Sasakawa was given the prize for his contribution in Leprosy Eradication in India and across the world.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among those present at the award ceremony. He congratulated all the awardees.
Congratulations to all those who have been conferred the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize.
The prize is being conferred at a time when India marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 26, 2019
So far, the winners of the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize have ranged from Nelson Mandela to Baba Amte, from Ramakrishna Mission to Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank.