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President Ram Nath Kovind confers Gandhi Peace Prize for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018

The 2018 Gandhi Peace Prize was conferred on Yohei Sasakawa, who is at the forefront of many philanthropic initiatives. His compassionate nature can be seen in the manner in which he has worked to eliminate leprosy in India.

Feb 26, 2019 12:33 IST
President Ram Nath Kovind confers Gandhi Peace Prize for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind on February 26, 2019 conferred the Gandhi Peace Prize for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. The award ceremony saw the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The awards were announced on January 16, 2019 by the Union Ministry of Culture.

The 2018 Gandhi Peace Prize was conferred on Yohei Sasakawa, who is at the forefront of many philanthropic initiatives. His compassionate nature can be seen in the manner in which he has worked to eliminate leprosy in India.

Awardees

Year

Awardees

Contribution

2015

Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari

Contribution in rural development, education, development of natural resources.

2016

Akshaya Patra Foundation and Sulabh International

Akshaya Patra Foundation was chosen for its contribution in providing mid-day meals to millions of children across India

Sulabh International was chosen for its contribution in improving the condition of sanitation in India and emancipation of manual scavengers.

2017

Ekal Abhiyan Trust

Contribution in providing education for rural and tribal children in remote areas pan India, rural empowerment, gender and social equality

2018

Yohei Sasakawa

For his contribution in Leprosy Eradication in India and across the world

Selection Process

The awardees were selected by the jury under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The jury comprises the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Speaker of Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan, Leader of the single largest Opposition Party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge and Member of Parliament, L.K. Advani.

The jury unanimously decided on the awardees after detailed discussions on January 16, 2019.

About the Gandhi Peace Prize

  • The Gandhi Peace Prize was instituted in the year 1995 on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • This annual award is given to individuals and institutions for their contributions towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violence and other Gandhian methods.
  • The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 crore, a citation and a Plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item.
  • The Award for every year is selected by a Jury under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister.
  • Julius K Nyerere, former Tanzanian President, was the first recipient of the award in 1995.