26 February 2014

Dr M. Veerappa Moily Confers Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar

Dr. M. Veerappa Moily, Minister of Environment & Forests
Dr. M. Veerappa Moily, Minister of Environment & Forests conferred the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar-2010 awards at a simple function here today in the presence of senior officers of the Ministry . Two awards “organization” category and three awards under “individual” were given away today

The Details of awardees are as follows: 

The 21st Battalion, The Jat Regiment of the prestigious Indian Army was conferred the Puraskar in recognition of its outstanding contribution to environmental conservation, afforestation and awarenessin various districts of Assam, particularly in deforested and flood-affected areas of Dhubri district. 

Under its ‘Go Green’ Mission, for instance, 300 soldiers of the regiment also planted4,47,874 tree saplings in an area of 140 hectares at Dhubri, Assam in 24 hours on 12-13th June 2009.

1. TheJoygopalpur Gram Vikas Kendra, set up by a few youth of Joygopalpur Village, Basanti Island, South Sunderbans, was awarded the Puraskar in recognition of its outstanding contribution to environmental protection, regeneration and awareness in the region.

2. Dr. Anil Sharma is presently the Director of ‘SATHI’, an NGO which he set up in 1992 for social development as well as environmental upgradation of the Ghinni-Ghad region of Sirmour District, Himachal Pradesh, through which he implements various programmes for environmental conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems.

3. Shri Kartick Satyanarayanan, New Delhi, co-founder and Chairperson of a NGO, the ‘Wildlife SOS India’, established in 1998, was conferred the Puraskar in recognition of his outstanding contribution to wildlife protection, awareness and environmental conservation.

4. Dr. N. Ramesh, an Engineer in Puducherry Pollution Control Committee, was awarded in recognition of his contribution to environmental protection and awareness.

5. This apex National Award in the field of environment was instituted by the Ministry, in the year 1987 in memory of the late Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi to give recognition to those having made or having the potential to make a measurable and major impact in the protection of the environment. 

Along with the cash prize, the Awardees were given a Silver Lotus Trophy, a Scroll and a Citation. The Awardees were selected by the 7-member Environmental Prize Committee headed by the Hon’ble Vice President of India from among a total of 97 nominations received by the Ministry. 

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