Karmaveer Chakra Award

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Karmaveer Chakra Award
Awarded forRecognising commitment and relentless courage by walking the path less trodden and initiating a wave of change in society.
Sponsored byUnited Nations
First awarded1984

The Karmaveer Chakra Award is the global civilian honours given by the international confederation of NGO (iCONGO) in partnership with United Nations[1] to the people across the globe for relentless courage. The award is tribute to the A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, 11th President of India, who had offered to be the ambassador for the awards and international volunteering olympiad.[2][3]


The award is presented annually in mid of November to individuals and organisations in broad categories like activism, education, volunteering and healthcare. Some of the recipients are Leher Sethi, Joyanto Mukherjee,[4] Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj, Devika Vaid, Harish Iyer[5], Hariharan Iyer,[6] Dr. Shruti Kapoor, Manju Latha Kalanidhi, Anurag Chauhan, Rtn Sayantan Sinha, Dr. Renu Agrawal,[7] Binayak Dewan,[8] Jyoti Dhawale, Kajol,[9] Geeta Sankar,[10] Sudha Menon[11]

Verghese Kurien known as father of the white revolution of India, is the first recipient of Karmaveer lifetime achievement award.[12]

Hierarchy of awards

  • Karmaveer Chakra GOLD - Nominations may be proposed and chosen by council of fellows strictly. Self-nominations or nominations by fellows and citizens are not accepted.[13]
  • Karmaveer Chakra SILVER - Nominations may be proposed by fellows only and will be chosen at the discretion of the council of fellows. Self-nominations or nominations by citizens are not accepted.[13]
  • Karmaveer Chakra BRONZE - Nominations may be proposed by all fellows and citizens of the world. Self-nominations are also welcome. Nominations will be accepted at the discretion of the council of fellows.[13]
  • Karmaveer Puraskar. [13]
  • Karmaveer Jyoti. [13]


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  2. ^ "REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship And Karmaveer Chakra Awards". Businessworld. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  3. ^ "ABOUT REX KARMAVEER GLOBAL FELLOWSHIP". rexideas.com. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
  4. ^ "Joyanto Mukherjee bags the REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship and Gold Karmaveer Chakra award". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2014-11-14.
  5. ^ "Equal rights activist Harish Iyer wins REX Karamveer Global Fellowship award". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  6. ^ "Hariharan Iyer receives Rex Karmaveer Global Fellowship". The Free Press Journal. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
  7. ^ "City scientist receives Karamveer chakra". City Today. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  8. ^ "An interview with Karmaveer Chakra awardee, Binayak Dewan". Merinews. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  9. ^ "Kajol to receive the Karamveer Puraskar award". Sify. Retrieved 2008-11-26.
  10. ^ "Geeta Sankar of Omashram Old Age Care bags Karmaveer Chakra award". OneWorld South Asia. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  11. ^ "Writing their way for a better tomorrow: Pune authors who made an impact in 2018". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  12. ^ "Karmaveer Trivia". rexideas.com. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  13. ^ a b c d e "Hierarchy of awards". rexideas.com. Retrieved 2011-03-01.