President Ramnath Kovind conferred Santokba Humanitarian Award with prize money of Rs 1 crore on Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi. The ceremony was organized by Shree Ramakrishna Knowledge Foundation in Surat in the presence of Gujarat Governor OP Kohli and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
Satyarthi has dedicated the award to children and handed over the award 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 organizations and businesses, 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,” said the Nobel laureate.
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 Shri Govind Dholakia. The award is given in memory of his mother. Prominent people conferred this award in the past include Ratan Tata, Dalai Lama, Sudha Murthy, Dr. MS. Swaminathan, Sam Pitroda and Varghese Kurien.
Satyarthi is the first Indian who has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.