5452fe92-8369-4cdc-a3d5-bfb9f81513dd(1)Bhubaneswar, 31st March, 2016: The Sambhavi Puraskar 2016 was awarded to Ms Sabarmatee, of Rohibanka, Nayagarh, by Chief Guest Anu Aga, Director Thermax Ltd & Chairperson Teach for India and Guest of Honour Prof. Sachinanda Mohanty, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Odisha, Koraput today at Hotel The Crown, Bhubaneswar. Sambhavi Puraskar, was initiated by the Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation in 2014, to recognize excellence and innovation by emerging social workers and to inspire more people for changing their way of thinking.

“Sabarmatee is a perfect example of an indomitable spirit undaunted by social constraints to make the impossible possible through determination, dedication and innovation. Shambhavi Puraskar is a humble effort to celebrate such setermined efforts. I congratulate her and am confident there will be many others who will emulate her example” said Shaifalika Panda, CEO, BIPF.

Ms Sabarmatee has made a phenomenal impact on a wide gamut of areas like conservation of forests, ecological regeneration of waste land, biodiversity conservation, Sustainable Agriculture, promotion of village sanitation and hygiene, and mobilizing and supporting women to deal with gender issues. Along with this, she has also helped in changing the mindset of people by mobilizing them towards environment conservation, organic farming and women empowerment.

The award carries a a citation and a cash prize of Rs.2.5 lakhs. The event was attended by a large number of representatives from various NGO’s, Social Workers, Government officials, and corporate houses.

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