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Padma Awards for Environment Conservation

2020 Padma Awards for Environment Conservation

Tulasi Gowda

72, has planted thousands of plants in the past 60 years and has contributed substantially to environmental conservation. Despite being illiterate, she possessed information about plants and herbs. She first joined the Forest Department as a volunteer, then the Karnataka government offered her a regular job. She is also called the ‘Encyclopedia of Forests’.

Himmat Ram Bhambhu

Sri Himmat Ram Bhambhu hails from Rajasthan. He is a farmer by profession. He planted saplings in desert areas and inspired people of several districts in Rajasthan to save forests. He feeds more than 1,000 birds and animals daily.

Sundaram Verma

Sundaram Verma is from Rajasthan’s Sikar district. He worked on a technique of agriculture which requires very little water. Despite being selected for a government job, he rejected it and chose agriculture. Verma preserved more than 700 species of 15 crops and 20 lakh litre rainwater in 1 hectare area.

Kushal Konwar Sarma

Guwahati’s Kushal Konwar Sarma is a veterinary doctor by profession. He has dedicated his entire life to the conservation of elephants. He is also known as ‘Haathi ka Saathi’ (Friend of Elephants). Each year, Sarma treats more than 700 elephants and in the past three decades, he has not taken a single day off.

 

2019 Padma Awards 

The 2019 Padma Awards have a number of recipients who have given yeomen contributions to the Environment . Mentioned below are some of the recipients of Padma Shri Award 2019 who have been awarded for their work related to environment protection, biodiversity conservation and green innovation.


Saalumarada Thimmakka

Centenarian Saalumarada Thimmakka, born in Hulikal village, Karnataka was presented with the Padma Shri award in the Social Work – Environment category. The 106-year-old Saalumarada never had children, and thus along with her husband, she decided to become a mother to the trees. She has planted more than 8,000 trees including over 400 banyan trees, all from her own expenditure.

Saalumarada in Kannada refers to rows of trees. To bestow respect towards her tremendous effort, Thimmakka was given the title of Saalumarada. She is largely recognized as Vrushka Mathe. She also has a foundation in her name, called Saalumarada Thimmakka International Foundation. It works towards conserving the environment and in addition supports schools, education, and health care for the poor.

Jamuna Tudu

Jamuna Tudu is a tribal environmentalist from East Singhbhum of Jharkhand. Jamuna is nicknamed Lady Tarzan for her courage and ferocity. She is fighting against the timber mafia to protect forests. Jamuna Tudu has played a great role in mobilizing women.

Armed with sticks, bows, and arrows, the women patrol the forests to protect the trees and animals from mafias. She has also formed the Van Suraksha Samiti to tackle the timber mafia.

Venkateswara Rao Yadlapalli

The founder of Raithu Nestham, Venkateswara Rao Yadlapalli is an agriculture journalist and social activist. He has been conferred the award for his contribution to organic farming in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

His organization in Guntur District has become a large training institute which organizes awareness and orientation classes to promote organic farming.

Hukumchand Patidar

Hukumchand Patidar, a resident of Manpura, a small village in the south-east of Rajasthan has trained local farmers in various organic farming techniques. He has made a mark by promoting organic farming and exporting organic farm produce to countries like Germany, Japan, and Switerzland. Kanwal Singh Chauhan introduced and popularised profitable baby corn farming in India.

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) also named him as the recipient for NG Ranga Farmer Award for diversification in agriculture in 2010.

Bharat Bhushan Tyagi

Bharat Bhushan Tyagi comes from Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh. He has been producing yields without the use of chemical fertilizers which subsequently reduces the cost. He actively promotes and practices organic agricultural techniques.

Kamala Pujhari

Kamala Pujhari is a woman tribal agricultural activist from Koraput, Odisha. She has been conferred the prize for her work in preserving hundreds of indigenous paddies, preserving endangered seeds and promoting organic farming.

Babulal Dahiya

Babulal Dahiya, a farmer of Satna, is working to conserve indigenous seeds and promoting conservation of biodiversity in Satpura hills.

Narendra Singh

Narendra Singh and Sultan Singh have been honoured under the Others category for their contribution to animal husbandry. Narendra Singh is recognized for his work to preserve local and native biodiversity, notably Haryana’s Murrah buffalo and Sahiwal cattle breeds.

Sultan Singh

Karnal’s Sultan Singh, the first person to receive the honour in fish farming, has used innovative technology such as re-circulatory aquaculture technology to set-up fish farms. He has further helped in conservation of endangered varieties of fish.

Ramesh Babaji Maharaj

Founder of Mataji Gaushala, Shri Ramesh Babaji Maharaj from Uttar Pradesh has been conferred the award for his contribution towards taking care of 45,000 cows and establishing India’s largest Bio-gas plant.

Dr. Bimal Patel

Another recipient of the Padma Shri is Dr. Bimal Patel under the category Others – Architecture. Dr. Bimal is an architect, urban planner and an academician from Gujarat. He has worked on the Sabarmati Riverfront Development and post-earthquake redevelopment of Bhuj.

Mahesh Sharma

Founder of Shivganga Ashram in MP’s Jhabua, Mahesh Sharma has been conferred the Padma Shri award for the social work in the tribal welfare category. Known as Gandhi of Jhabua, he has worked for setting up thousands of water harvesting structures, libraries, and solar panels.

Daitari Naik

Daitari Naik from Odisha received the award in the social work category, recognizing his hard work in carving out a 3 km long canal from a mountain. He single-handedly accomplished the task with just a how and crowbar to get water for drinking and irrigation purpose.

Anup Sah

Anup Sah is a nature photographer from the Himalayan state, Uttarakhand. Over the past 50 years, he has captured thousands of photos to showcase the Himalayan landscape and wildlife. He believes that the Himalayas are humble and they provide us with a lot of natural resources. He takes photographs of festivals of the Himalayan people, migratory birds, animal, etc.

 

 


When such noted works would further get the veneration of mention in a special category, it will not only boost the morale of the ones who receive them but more so, of the present and future generations to work for the conservation, protection, and improvement of the human environment, flora and fauna. Inclusion of Environment as a domain to one of the highest civilian awards of India would, hence, definitely be a path-breaking and trailblazing step in thedirection of environment preservation and protection.

The Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian awards of India. The awards are usually announced on the eve of Republic Day every year. The Padma Awards are conferred in three categories. These are, the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.

The Padma Awards are given in various disciplines such as art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. In recent years however, there has been an increase in individuals receiving the Padma Awards for the exemplary work they are doing for environmental protection. This is perhaps an indication of the ever-increasing environmental issues, rising pollution levels, increase in industrial impact on environment, climate change, etc.

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Initiatives for Rural Development & Enviroment Protection

Environment & Rural Development

Farmer Beats Drought through Micro-Irrigation:  Source New Indian Express

KARIMNAGAR: A small farmer of Eedula Gattipalli in Manakondur mandal is setting an ideal to others by cultivating irrigated dry (ID) crops through micro-irrigation.

The farmer, Madishetti Ravi, cultivated cabbage in his 47 guntas (5,640 yards) of land and he obtained an yield of 16 tonnes despite the drought conditions and power problems. Speaking to this paper, Ravi said that he used go get only 11 tonnes of cabbage before switching to drip irrigation. “But after I began using modern irrigation method as advised by the agriculture officials, my expenditure on power and fertilisers has come down,” he said. “I invested `25,000 in cultivating the crop and after meeting all expenses, there is a profit of `62,000,” he revealed. Knowing about the profits, other farmers in the village are thronging Ravi’s fields to know about the benefits of micro-irrigation. In the wake of the drought conditions, officials had decided to bring 4,000 hectares of land under drip irrigation in the district and 70 per cent of the target has been achieved so far,” said microirrigation project director Sangeeta Laxmi.

“Farmers are cultivating groundnuts, leafy vegetables, cotton, chilli, mango, banana and papaya through drip systems and cutting down expenditure on power and fertilisers.” “To encourage farmers adopt the modern farming techniques, the government is giving 100 per cent subsidy on drip, sprinkler irrigation equipment to SCs and STs, 90 per cent subsidy to small and medium farmers,” Sangeeta Laxmi added and urged farmers interested in adopting the modern irrigation methods to consult the micro-irrigation project office in the district headquarters

BOGI – . This is the name of a mid January Hindu festival observed in the northern districts of Tamilnadu & Andhra Pradesh, Bharat. It falls on the day prior to the Makara Sankranti (Pongal festival). On Bogi day, people heap old and useless household articles on the public throughfare and burn them. This acts as a preparation to welcome a cleaner dawn on Sankranti. This tradition went astray. Old tyres came to be burnt  replacing harmless organic waste. Pollution resulted. While motivated groups, using an ever-ready media, kept flooding Hindu society with their harangues on ecology, there was at least one concerned individual: Shri. K.Narayana Rao, a staunch Hindu activist, bent upon putting an end to harmful fumes on Bogi day as well as the indirect attempt to chuck out a healthy tradition. Accordingly, he organized Bogi at the school of which he is Secretary. On this year’s Bogi, the school, Sita Devi Garodia Hindu Vidyalaya, East Tambaram, on the outskirts of Chennai Metro, set a novel but noble convention. Each one of the children, parents and teachers picked a dry leaf of ARASU (pipal) tree and on that they scribbled an evil trait they wish to destroy. Coming in queue, each consigned the leaf to the fire in the Homa Kundam arranged for the occasion inside the school premises. Based on a report in the children’s supplement of Tamil daily DINAMANI, on 22nd February, 2003.

ONE CRORE TREES –

He planted one crore trees

He planted one crore trees

 Ramaiah’s daughter came back from school with headache one day. The school had no trees and so no shade for children to play. The hot sun had caused her headache. Then and there, Ramaiah resolved to plant one crore (yes,1 followed by 7 zeros) trees in his lifetime. In right earnest, he set out on his bicycle loaded with bags full of saplings. He went to each and every school in his Kammam district, Andhra Pradesh, Bharat. He related the value of each sapling to the school kids and exhorted them to take personal interest in planting, watering and guarding it. They responded in a big way. Soon the number of trees planted by Ramaiah’s unsparing efforts swelled into lakhs. The district authorities took note, and he was co-opted into the government body monitoring afforestation in the area.

India Today Article

Coverage in “The Hindu”

NOVEL WAY OF PONGAL CELEBRATIONS – Dharmapuri, (VSK) — Jan 2008

RSS Swayamsevaks of Kurinjipuram village in Dharmapuri district (Tamilnadu) celebrated the Makar Sankranti (Pongal) this year in a novel way. They gathered the youngsters of the village and explained to them the harm done to human beings and the cattle by plastic bags and other wastes. It was rightly understood by the villagers and they immediately swung into action. With the guidance and support of RSS Swayamsevaks numbering 21, the entire village was completly rid of plastic waste. The celebration of Sankranthi thus got tuned to a neighbourhood cause. A couple of villages nearby quickly followed the example and became plastic-free.

A GARDEN FROM SOILED WATER:

This took place in a village in Veraval region of Saurashtra. A unique experiment by a teacher of the school for growing trees. Since that it is a water scarce area, it was impossible to get water for trees. The teacher therefore asked the students to bring soiled water left out after washing of utensils at home. Each student would carry a bottle of soiled water from home daily. The students were then asked to water the plants with the soiled water. As days passed, the students and school officials had a lush green garden before themselves! Thus a teacher’ s small initiative created a green island in a dry and barren area, that too with waste water. In the process, he also taught the kids to make friends with Mother Nature.

Source : http://narendramodi.com/post/A-Daughter-A-Tree-and-A-Teacher.aspx#comment