New Delhi, President Ram Nath Kovind has awarded Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi 'Santokba Humanitarian Award' which comes with Rs one crore.
The ceremony was organised by Shree Ramakrishna Knowledge Foundation in Surat on Tuesday, in the presence of Gujarat Governor O P Kohli and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.Former ISRO chief Kiran Kumar was also conferred with this award.
Mr Satyarthi has dedicated the award to children and handed over the amount to the 'Surakshit Bachpan' fund, set up by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Fund, which aims to provide legal and medical assistance to child victims of sexual abuse.
'To protect the rights of children, Government, society, religious organisations and businesses, we will have to work together. Unless we are united against this cause, this epidemic is not going to stop. I am happy that the nationwide Bharat Yatra that we undertook has started bearing fruits and the country is witnessing the results,' Mr Satyarthi said, according to a press statement from the child rights body.
This prestigious award is given every year by the Sri Ramakrishna Foundation to people who have worked extensively for the betterment of society.
The founder and president of this foundation is renowned businessman Govind Dholakia. The award is given in memory of his mother.
Past winners include Ratan Tata, Dalai Lama, Sudha Murthy, Dr S Swaminathan, Sam Pitroda and Verghese Kurien.