Rotary Foundation (India), RFI, led by PRID C Basker (till Sept 30) has won the prestigious Mahatma Award instituted by Gandhian, philanthropist and social entrepreneur Amit Sachdeva as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
The Aditya Birla group is one of its sponsors. The awards event is organised by Liveweek, a company involved in devising social impact strategies, to bestow honour on individuals and organisations that leverage their resources, expertise and talent to work towards making this world a better place.
The awards are given annually in India, the UK and the US, and RFI had applied for the award for ‘Social good and impact’ in the non-profit category. During the interview, the jury members quizzed about the CSR initiatives of Rotary in India. RFI bagged the award for its significant social impact in India through its CSR programmes, its work on disease prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, education, economic development, environment, polio eradication, and water, sanitation and hygiene.
The award was received by RI director Anirudha Roychowdhury, along with Sanjay Parmar, TRF head at RISAO and RFI secretary, and Bhawna Verma, senior coordinator for CSR programmes.