Gandhians felicitated at 35th Jamnalal Bajaj Awards

For the past six decades, Jaywant Mathkar has set up many Gandhian organisations across Maharashtra, helping generate employment among women and youth in the state by means of local crafts, khadi manufacturing and such small businesses. At the 35th Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation Awards held in Mumbai on Thursday, Mathkar received the award for Outstanding Contribution in the field for Constructive Work.

At the event held at Y B Chavan auditorium, Justice C S Dharmadhikari felicitated the four awardees. Each award included a citation, a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh.

The award for Development and Welfare of Women and Children was given to Nighat Shafi, chairperson of the Human Effort for Love and Peace (HELP) foundation.

The oldest recipient of the award was 83-year-old Glenn Paige, founder of the Center for Global Non-killing, Hawaii. Paige, awarded for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India, was unable to make it for the event and Dr S N Subbarao accepted the award on his behalf.

The award for Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development was given to Kalyan Paul, executive director of the Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation.

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