Ahmednagar, 18th December, 2011
Several selfless grass-root social workers were honored with various awards today. Each award was including Rs. 11 thousand and a scroll of honor. This was the 11th year of the award ceremony, which began with a fund donated by veteran social worker Mr. Madhusudan alias Mama Kaundinya. 10 years ago, Hon. Mama Kaundinya had given his life earnings as a donation to Snehalaya. We deposited this contribution and started motivating the people who are doing extraordinary work for betterment of society through these awards.
This programme was held at Snehalaya’s Rehab. Center at M.I.D.C. More than 950 people including well wishers, past students of Snehalaya, volunteers, donors and people from all walks of life were present for the programme. Hon. Dr. Prakash Ambedkar (Former member of Rajyasabha and grandson of Bharatratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar) was chief guest as well as Hon. Udaydada Lad (Founder of U.R.L. Foundation, Mumbai) presided the programme, Mrs. Sheela Shinde (Mayor of Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation), Mrs. Anita Rathod (Speaker of Standing committee, Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation), Mr. Sharadji Mutha and Mr. Milind Kulkarni ( Secretary, Snehalaya) were also present for the programme.
Hon. Prakash Ambedkar, Mr. Udayji Lad and Mr. Sharad Mutha honored the selected social workers on behalf of Snehalaya. Mr. Devendra Fadanvis (MLA, Nagpur) expressed his feeling with gratitude on behalf of all the awardees. He said that,they all have received a great honor and to always remember it. The people of Maharashtra state have great expectations from him and he always strives to fulfill them as a member of Vidhansabha.
Dr. Prakash Ambedkar told in his speech that the current circumstance shows that India is going through a serious social situation. It is not because of an increase in the numbers of bad people, but it is only because of ‘silence’ (inactive and insensible) of good people. Hence, everyone should resist and raise voices against the anti-social activities and one day ‘India’ will gain its old glory again.
Mr. Udayji Lad declared the contribution of Rs. 1 Lakh to Snehalaya by his URL Foundation.
The following people were honored:
Name of awardee
Title of the award
Social contribution of the awardee
Mrs. Shubha Bennurwar (Social Development Officer, BMCC, Mumbai)
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Samaj Parivartan Award’
Overall empowerment of 60000 poor, dalit, working woman and there families through Self help Groups.
Mr. Santosh Garje
(Sahara Anathalay,Shivaji Nagar, Gevrai, Dist. Beed)
Mahamanav Baba Amate manavata Award
Rehabilitation of orphans and HIV+ve children.
Adv. Shyam Asava (Trusty – Bhrashtachar Virodhi jan andolan)
Loknayak Anna Hajare Jansangharsh Award
Successful fight against sand mafia and great contribution in the fight of Loknayak Anna Hajare’s battle against corruption.
Hon. MLA. Devendra Fadanvis
Prof. Madhu Dandavate kartavyashil lokpratinidhi Award
Being a voice of common man in State Assembly and fighting for the rights of the common people in the state.
Mrs. Lata Joshi
(Anuj Foundation, Pune)
Karmayogini Vijayatai Lavate jivangourav Award
Rehabilitation of more than four thousand infants through her organization Bharatiy Samajseva Kendra and Anuj through adoption.
Smt. Jayashri Shinde (Balbhavan Project, Snehalay, Gandhi maidan, Ahmednagar)
Sv. Govardhandasji Gujar aadarsh karykarta Award
Changing lives of 2000 children in various slums in Ahmednagar city.
Mr. Shyam Pimpalkhare
Svatantrasenani Manohar Devachkke karyakarta Award
Creative and active Volunteer of Snehalaya shouldered various responsibilities of Snehalaya, Pune. Active in the programme being conducted for senior citizens in Pune.
Mr. Jayprakash Dashputre
Svatantrasenani Achutrao Patvardhan sevavrati Award
Participation in various social activities being conducted by various organizations in Pune.
Mrs. Jayatai Jogdand
(Snehalalya Parivartan Sankul, Shevgaon, Ahmednagar.)
Late Mrs. Latabai Pawar jivangourav Award