New Delhi, Delhi, India:
Plan India, a non-profit organization working to advance children’s rights and equality for girls, today announced the winners of the 5e Edition of Plan India Impact Awards 2022 to honor last mile champions including frontline workers, youth leaders and change makers for their outstanding efforts in ensuring the development and delivery of basic services for children , adolescents, women and men in all districts of our country.
Building on the success of the previous four editions, the awards reinforced sustainability by recognizing the efforts of incredible last-mile champions and inspired many others to follow suit and build resilient communities. Under Plan India’s rigorous selection process, entries are assessed and shortlisted at three levels: first by a third-party expert agency, then by a panel of industry experts, followed by the final selection of winners by the National Jury comprised of eminent personalities with broad sectoral experience from the government, corporate sector and development sector.
Among the eight categories, C. Ambiga, from Pondicherry was awarded for her contribution as the best Anganwadi worker; Rebati Sahoo from Odisha won in the ASHA/ANM worker category; Child Welfare Committee (Lucknow), Ravinder Singh Jadon was declared the winner in the category of Best Child Welfare Committee; Rajni Kant Singh from Bihar was praised as the best community volunteer (including COVID Warrior); and Panitar Pally Unnayan Samiti from West Bengal was recognized as the best women’s self-help group. Palak Agarwal and Lalit Kumar Dogra took center stage as the best young changemakers in the female and male categories respectively. For the Special Prize category – Last Mile Champions for Girls’ Rights, Deepa Pawar from Maharashtra was recognized as the winner.
This year, Plan India has also launched a special award for the best girls’ rights digital champion to recognize and commend girls and young women who are harnessing the power of social media to advance girls’ rights and empowerment of women. As part of the special prize, Virali Modi was announced as the Golden Wings winner and Kalki Subramaniam was awarded the Silver Wings winner.
Speaking on the occasion, Mohammed Asif, Executive Director of Plan India, said: “Since 2017, Plan India Impact Awards celebrated the dedication and hard work of millions of frontline development workers and community volunteers who have improved their villages and communities. It is heartwarming to see the involvement of all stakeholders who have joined hands to appreciate and inspire thousands of development workers and social innovators to work harder and be the catalyst for change. This year, in addition to recognizing village and community changemakers, we have also introduced the special Digital Champion for Girls special award to honor and recognize young women and girls who have leveraged technology to improve the lives of millions of girls in our country. “
The Plan India Impact Awards were designed to recognize last mile champions, motivate them to continue their life-changing work, and scale up and replicate their best practices to improve program delivery and sustainable development across the country. Instituted in 2017, the Plan India Impact Awards are now an annual recognition of the positive contribution of frontline workers, changemakers and community volunteers.
Over four editions, we received over 2,000 noteworthy nominations. This year, we received over 580 outstanding applications from selfless changemakers at the forefront of social change.