The Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award is an award given by the Government of India to individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to the field of public service. The award is named after the late Rajiv Gandhi, who was the 6th Prime Minister of India.
Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944, in Mumbai, India. He was the son of Indira Gandhi, who was also a former Prime Minister of India. From 1984 to 1989, Rajiv Gandhi held the position of the Prime Minister of India. During his tenure, he launched several initiatives aimed at modernizing the Indian economy and improving the living conditions of the people.
Rajiv Gandhi was a strong advocate of social justice and equality. He believed in empowering the underprivileged sections of society and promoting inclusive growth. He introduced several policies and programs aimed at improving the living conditions of the poor and marginalized sections of society.
The Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award was instituted by the Government of India in 1991 in recognition of Rajiv Gandhi's vision and commitment to public service. The award is given annually to individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions in the fields of social work, public service, and community development.
The award recognizes the exemplary work done by individuals and organizations in promoting social justice, equality, and inclusive growth. It aims to encourage more people to take up public service as a career and work towards the betterment of society.
Over the years, several distinguished individuals and organizations have been honored with the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award. Some of the notable recipients of the award include Dr. Verghese Kurien, who is credited with transforming India's dairy industry, Baba Amte, who worked for the rehabilitation of leprosy patients, and Ela Bhatt, who founded the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) to empower women in the informal sector.
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