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Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar (IGPP)

In reverential memory of late Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in the year 1987, instituted an award called the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar to give recognition to those having made or have the potential to make measurable and major impact in the protection of environment. In the beginning, one cash prize of ₹ 1,00,000/- was awarded to either an individual or an organization of India in recognition of their exceptional and outstanding contributions in the field of environment. Presently, the award comprises of two prizes of ₹ 5,00,000/- each under ‘Organization Category’ and three prizes of ₹ 5,00,000/-, ₹ 3,00,000/- and ₹ 2,00,000/- each under ‘Individual Category’. Along with the cash prize, each awardee is given a Silver Lotus Trophy, Scroll and Citation. The award is given annually and an advertisement inviting nominations for IGPP is released every year on 15th of July in national dailies with regional coverage.

As per the Regulations governing IGPP‘, revised in 2010, any citizen of India having at least 10 years work experience in the field of Environment (substantiated in support of his experience by published/ field work)/ NGO working in the field of environment with at least five years experience/ Environment and Forests Departments of States/UTs/State Pollution Control Board/District Collector/Magistrate can propose a name of any citizen or organization of India who has at least five years working experience in the field of environment. There is no age limit for nomination of individual. However, self nominations and nominations proposed by relatives are not considered.

Shortlisting of nominations received for IGPP is carried out by three Expert Members, selected by the Prime Minister’s Office, out of a panel of 9 eminent environmentalists/ persons prepared by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Selection of awardees out of the shortlisted nominations is done by the Environmental Prize Committee constituted under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Vice President of India.

While selecting the awardees the term “environment’ is interpreted in the broadest sense possible and comprising of following areas of work:

  • Prevention of pollution
  • Conservation of natural resources
  • Rational use of depletable resources
  • Environmental planning and management
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Outstanding field work (innovative research work) for enrichment of environment e.g. afforestation, land reclamation, water treatment, air purification etc.
  • Environmental education
  • Creating awareness of environmental issues

Committees/ Commissions

The Environmental Prize Committee for the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar (IGPP) has the following composition:<

1. Vice-President of India

Chairperson

2. Speaker of Lok Sabha

Member

3. Minister for Environment and Forests

Member

4. Expert Members

Members

5. Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Member Secretary

The Committee was re-constituted on 7 February, 2014 with the introduction of 3 fresh Expert Members selected by the Prime Minister of India. The Committee henceforth will have a tenure of 2 years.

List of Previous Awardees of Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar (IGPP)

S. No.

Year Category IGPP Awardee

1

1987 Organization Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, Maharashtra

2

1988 Organization Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad, Kerala

3

1989 Organization Samaj Parivartana Samudaya, Dharwad, Karnataka

4

1990 Individual Shri Sant Kumar Bishnoi, Punjab

(Associated with All India Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sabha)

5

1991 Individual Shri S. P. Godrej  (Associated with World Wide Fund for Nature)

6

1991 Organization Dasholi Gram Swarajya Mandal, Garhwal, Uttarakhand

7

1992 Individual Dr. Shivarama Karanth K., Dakshin Kannada, Karnataka

8

1992 Organization 127-Infantry Battalion (T.A.) Ecological, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

9

1993 Individual Dr. T. N. Khoshoo, New Delhi

10

1993 Organization Young Mizo Association, Mizoram

11

1994 Individual Smt. Radha Bhatt, Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust, Indore, Madhya Pradesh

12

1994 Organization Tarun Bharat Sangh, Alwar, Rajasthan

13

1995 Individual Shri Natwar Thakkar, Nagaland Gandhi Ashram, Mokokchung, Nagaland

14

1995 Organization Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

15

1996 Individual Shri Anupam Mishra, Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi

16

1996 Organization C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

17

1997 Individual Shri J. C. Daniel, Mumbai, Maharashtra

18

1997 Organization Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

19

1998 Individual Shri Jagdish Ranganath Godbole, Pune, Maharashtra

20

1998 Organization The Barefoot College of Social Work Research Centre, Ajmer, Rajasthan

21

1999 Individual Shri Piare Lal, Jallandhar, Punjab

22

1999 Organization Ryan Foundation, Mumbai, Maharashtra

23

2000 Individual Dr. Ramesh Bedi (Posthumously), Punjab

24

2000 Organization Captive Power Plant, National Aluminium Co.Ltd., Angul, Odisha

25

2001 Individual Shri. Girish Gandhi, Maharashtra

26

2001 Organization Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

27

2002 Individual Rev. Fr. Koyapillil Mathai Matthew, SJ (Posthumously), Kodaikannal, Tamil Nadu

28

2002 Organization Chilika Development Authority, Odisha

29

2003 Individual Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, New Delhi

30

2003 Organization The Garhwal Rifles Regimental Centre, Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

31

2004 Individual Ms. Jyotsna Sitling, Uttarakhand

32

2004 Organization Malayala Manorama, Kerala

33

2005 Organization Sant Gadge Baba Amrawati University, Amrawati, Maharashtra

34

2005 Individual Shri Jagadish Babla, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

35

2005 Individual Dr. Amrita Patel, Anand, Gujarat

36

2006 Organization Bongaigaon Refinery (IOCL), Chirang, Assam (Jointly)

37

2006 Organization 130 Infantry Battalion (T.A.) Ecological, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand (Jointly)

38

2006 Individual Dr. J. Raghava Rao, Chennai , Tamil Nadu

39

2006 Individual Smt. S. Annapurna, Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh

40

2007 Organization BAIF Institute for Rural Development, Tiptur, Karnataka (Jointly)

41

2007 Organization Antoday Nirbal Durbal Shoshit Mahila Evam Bal Uthaan Kalyan Samiti, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (Jointly)

42

2007 Individual Shri. Afzal Khatri & Smt. Nusrat Khatri, Mumbai, Maharashtra

43

2007 Individual Dr. Rachna Gaur, Rajsamand, Rajasthan

44

2008 Organization ISHA Foundation, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

45

2009 Organization Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited, Neyveli, Tamil Nadu

46

2009 Organization Care Earth, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

47

2009 Individual Prof. C. R. Babu, New Delhi

48

2009 Individual Shri Vijay Jardhari, Jardhargaon, Uttarakhand

49

2010 Organization 21st Battalion, the Jat Regiment, Assam

50

2010 Organization Joygopalpur Gram Vikas Kendra, 24 Parganas (South), West Bengal

51

2010 Individual Dr. Anil Sharma, Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh

52

2010 Individual Shri Kartick Satyanarayanan, New Delhi

53

2010 Individual Dr. N. Ramesh, Puducherry

54

2011 Organization Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Ltd. (IFFCO), Phulpur Unit, Uttar Pradesh

55

2011 Organization 128 Infantry Battalion (TA) Ecological Rajputana Rifles, Rajasthan

56

2011 Individual Shri Ramesh Sharma, Chhattisgarh

57

2011 Individual Shri Sharda Prasad Singh, Uttar Pradesh

58

2011 Individual Shri Sachchidanand Bharati, Uttarakhand

59

2012 Organization Aaranyak, Assam

60

2012 Organization Durgapur Steel Plant, West Bengal

61

2012 Individual Shri Biswajit Mukherjee, West Bengal

62

2012 Individual Shri Jigmet Takpa, Jammu & Kashmir

63

2012 Individual Smt.Seema S. Redkar, Maharashtra

Regulations Governing the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar PDF (235.58 KB)

Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar 2014: Advertisement Hindi PDF (628.16 KB) | English PDF (493.07 KB) || Nomination Proforma Hindi PDF (22.46 KB)| English PDF (8.86 KB)

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