Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar

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Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar (IGPP) (lit. Indira Gandhi Environment Award) is an environment award instituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India in the year 1987, in order to encourage public participation in environment.[1] It is awarded to individuals and organizations that have made significant and measurable contributions in the field of environment protection and improvement.[2] The prize is presented every year on an occasion related to the environment.

History of the award[edit]

The is named after the former Prime Minister of India, late Indira Gandhi. From 1987 to 1990, the award was presented either to an individual or an organization for their contributions. Since 1991, the award has been presented in two categories - one for individuals and another for organizations. Each award carried a cash prize of 100,000 rupees, a silver lotus trophy and a citation. In 2005, the governing body of the award revised the cash prize for the organisation category to 500,000 rupees. In the individual category, two cash prizes of 300,000 rupees and 200,000 rupees were instituted.[3] Since 2009, for the individual category, three prizes of 500,000 rupees, 300,000 rupees and 200,000 rupees, each with a silver lotus trophy are awarded. For the organization category, two cash prizes of 500,000 rupees and a silver lotus trophy are awarded.[4]

Award committee[edit]

The award committee has seven members: the Vice-President of India who is the Chairman of the committee, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, the Minister of Environment, three expert members (who are chosen from a panel of nine expert members), and the Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Selection criteria[edit]

Any citizen of India or an Indian organisation engaged in scientific or field work in the protection of the environment is eligible; however, self nominations are not considered. The term environment is interpreted in a broad sense and can include areas such as pollution control, conservation of natural resources, creating awareness on environmental issues and for outstanding field work for the enrichment of the environment, such as afforestation. Criteria such as replicability of the work, innovativeness, target groups — such as women, rural populations and urban poor, impact of the programs in relation to the resources employed and the sustainability of the project are considered before a decision is taken on the award. If in the opinion of the committee, none of the applicants are deserving of the award, the prize may be withheld for that year.

List of award winners[edit]

The winners of the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar from 1987 to 2010 are as follows:

Year Category Awardee
1987 Organisation Bombay Natural History Society, Bombay[5]
1988 Organisation Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad, Kerala
1989 Organisation Samaj Parivartan Samudaya, Dharwad
1990 Individual Shri Sant Kumar Bishnoi
1991 Individual Shri S. P. Godrej[6]
1991 Organisation Dasholi Gram Swarajya Mandal, Garhwal
1992 Individual Dr. Shrivaram Karnath K., Dakshin Kannada Karnataka
1992 Organisation 127-Infantry Battalion (T.A), Ecological, Dehradun (U.P)
1993 Individual Dr. T. N. Khoshoo, New Delhi
1993 Organisation Young Mizo Association, Mizoram
1994 Individual Smt. Radha Behn
1994 Organisation Tarun Bharat Sangh
1995 Individual Shri Natwarbhai Thakkar
1995 Organisation Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
1996 Individual Anupam Mishra
1996 Organisation CPR Environmental Education Centre, No. I Eldams Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
1997 Individual Shri J. C. Daniel[5]
1997 Organisation Centre for Environment Education, Nehru Foundation for Development, Gujarat
1998 Individual Shri Jagdish Ranganath Gudbole
1998 Organisation The Barefoot College, SWRC - Tilonia, Madanganj, Ajmer, Rajasthan.
1999 Individual Shri Piare Lal
1999 Organisation The Ryan Foundation
2000 Individual Dr. Ramesh Bedi
2000 Organisation Captive Power Plant Division, National Aluminium Co. Ltd., Angul, Orissa
2001 Individual Shri. Girish Gandhi
2001 Organisation Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Tirupati
2002 Individual Rev.Dr.K.M.Matthew (Koyapillil Mathai Matthew)[7]
2002 Organisation The Chilika Development Authority[8]
2003 Individual Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak
2003 Organisation The Garhwal Rifles Regimental Centre, Lansdowne
2004 Individual Ms. Jyotsna Sitling
2004 Organisation Malayala Manorama
2005 Organisation Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Maharashtra
2005 Individual Shri Jagdish Baba
2005 Individual Dr. Amrita Patel[3]
2006 Organisation Bongai Gaon Refinery (IOC), Chirang, Assam (Jointly)[9][10]
2006 Organisation 130 Infantry Battalion (TA) Ecological, Uttarakhand (Jointly)[10]
2006 Individual Dr. J. Raghava Rao[11]
2006 Individual Smt. S. Annapurna[12]
2007 Organisation BAIF Institute for Rural Development, Tiptur, Karnataka (Jointly)[10]
2007 Organisation Antoday NDSMEBK Samiti, Lucknow, UP (Jointly)[10]
2007 Individual Shri Afzal Khatri & Smt. Nusrat Khatri
2007 Individual Dr. Rachna Gaur[13]
2008 Organisation Isha Foundation, Coimbatore[14][15]
2009 Organisation Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited, Neyveli, Tamil Nadu
2009 Organisation Care Earth, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
2009 Individual Vijay Jardhari
2009 Individual Prof. C.R. Babu
2010 Organisation 21st Battalion, the Jat Regiment
2010 Organisation Joygopalpur Gram Vikas Kendra, West Bengal
2010 Individual Dr. Anil Sharma, Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh
2010 Individual Shri Kartick Satyanarayanan, New Delhi
2010 Individual Dr. N. Ramesh, Puducherry


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ K.R. Gupta & Amita Gupta, Concise encyclopaedia of India, Volume 2, p 828, Atlantic Publishers & Distributors (2006), ISBN 978-81-269-0640-6
  3. ^ a b "Dr. Amrita Patel, Gujarat won the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar". The India Post. June 8, 2008. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Planting of saplings, green walk mark World Environment Day". The Hindu. June 6, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "About Us: The Society". Bombay Natural History Society. 2010. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ Harish Kapadia, Meeting the mountains, p 328, Indus Publishing (1998), ISBN 978-81-7387-085-9
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  8. ^ "Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar". 2009. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Awards & Accreditations". Indian Oil Corporation. 2009. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar presented on World Environment Day". Government of India Press Information Bureau. June 6, 2009. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar". Vikas. 2009. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Annapurna awarded Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar". June 8, 2009. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar to Rachna Gaur". Khabar Express. June 4, 2009. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Corporates have a big role in green initiative". The Hindu. June 6, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Corporates partners with Isha foundation to support Project GreenHands". Business Standard. June 6, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
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