Akshaya Patra conferred with Gandhi Peace Prize 2016
Posted: Mar 11, 2019
As a commemoration to 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Government of India instituted the Gandhi Peace Prize. This prestigious award is presented annually to individuals and institutions for their outstanding contributions towards social, economic and political transformation while adhering to the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi. On 26 February 2019, at a ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize 2016 was conferred upon The Akshaya Patra Foundation along with Sulabh International, Ekal Abhiyan Trust, Vivekananda Kendra and Mr. Yohei Sasakawa. the Honourable President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, and the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi jointly presented the cash prize and a citation to Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman – The Akshaya Patra Foundation. Akshaya Patra received this award for its contribution towards the socio-economic development of India by providing mid-day meals to millions of children across the country.
The jury for this award comprised of Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi; Chief Justice of India, Shri Ranjan Gogoi; Lok Sabha Speaker, Smt Sumitra Mahajan; Leader of the INC in Lok Sabha, Shri Mallikarjuna Kharge; and Member of Parliament, Shri LK Advani. The winning of the Gandhi Peace Prize put Akshaya Patra in the same platform as that of selfless individuals and organisations from across the world, such as Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Baba Amte, Chandi Prasad Bhatt for the Chipko Movement, ISRO, and Grameen Bank.
The work and transparency maintained by Akshaya Patra has been recognised and appreciated in both national and international platforms. The list of Akshaya Patra Awards and recognitions includes:
- ICAI Gold Shield Award for 7 consecutive years for excellent financial reporting
- Induction to ICAI Hall of Fame
- National Award for Child Welfare
- Kalam Memorial Award
- CII Award for Food Safety
- Mother Teresa Award
- Nikkei Asia Prize
- Letter of Appreciation by Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Vice-President of India
- Letter of Appreciation by Barack Obama, Former President of USA
Aside from the above-mentioned, Akshaya Patra has been the recipient of many more awards and recognitions over the past 18 years of service to children.
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