New Delhi (fundforngos.net) :- The National Communal Harmony Awards for 2009 and 2010 were presented to the winners by the Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari at a function here today.
Acharya Lokesh Munni, a social worker and orator who has been writing for communal peace and is chief of Delhi-based NGO Ahimsa Vishwa Bharati received the award in the individual category.
“Acharya Lokesh Muni has been working to deescalate communal tension. He participated in a 1500 km walk from Haryana to Gujarat to promote communal harmony,” a press statement issued by government said.
In addition to this the Centre for Human Rights & Social Welfare received the award in the organisation category for the year 2009.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P. Chidambaram who attended the event stressed the “need to maintain amity and harmony” among various communities for all round development.
The National Foundation for Communal Harmony was set up in 1992 as an autonomous organization to promote communal harmony and national integration. The awards carries a cash award of Rs 5.00 lakh and Rs. 2.00 lakh for the organization and individual categories respectively.