This Award is set up in the year 2015 in the memory of Prakriti’s late President Dr. Vasudha Dhagamwar, who was a known socio-legal activist and has contributed immensely in creating legal awareness amongst lay population and for the rights of displaced people.
Three women Sarpanch are selected for this Award each year. The selection is made on the basis of good work done by the Sarpanch for empowering women and for the welfare of the village / community. The Awards are given at a function organized each year 0n 10th February.
This year, the winner of this award are
Smt. Leela Patle, G.P. Puni, District Balaghat, Madhya Pradesh –
Leelabai is a single women and belong to a community which is known for strong patriarchal values and do not allow women to participate in social activities. Despite her lower level of education and non-cooperation from the community, Leelabai gave priority to provide drinking water in the village. She also mobilized resources for laying approach roads.
Smt. Pouja Uikey, G.P. Lohara, District Chandrapur, Maharashtra-
Being tribal sarpanch, Pooja faced strong attack from established leaders of the village. She started “delivery” facility at the PHC sub-center and visited each household where women were subjected to violence and injustice. Pooja also provided employment to women under MNREGS
Smt. Annapurna Dahake, G.p. Waki, District Nagpur, Maharashtra–
Annapurna is well-educated and has stopped illegal activities of her village like liquor, betting, sand excavation etc. She gave special attention to differently abled persons of her village and motivated women to participate in social campaigns.