The BusinessLine Changemaker Awards recognised various unsung heroes in different fields

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences was awarded Social Transformation award for providing education in Naxal­ affected hinterlands; Digital Transformation award went to eNAM for empowering farmers

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The BusinessLine Changemaker Awards in its second year now gave away five awards. The award categories for the night included Changemaker of the year, Iconic Changemaker, Young Changemaker, Changemaker-Social Transformation and Changemaker in digital transformation.

The flagship Changemaker of the Year Award was presented to the GST Council and the petitioners against Section377 of the IPC. The Iconic Changemaker award was given to Bezwada Wilson, The Young Changemaker award was shared by Anju Verma, and Kush and Arjun Pandey. While Verma won the award for using education as a tool to improve the social mobility of under-privileged children, the Pandey brothers started the ScoutMe platform to scout for football talent. The Social Transformation award went to the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, which provides quality education in Maoist and Naxal ­affected hinterlands. The Digital Transformation award was given to eNAM for enabling farmers to directly sell their produce in the market.

The event was attended by high profile guests that included the likes of ex Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely and Commerce, Industry and Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Jaitely who accepted the Changemaker of the Year award on behalf of the GST Council said “It is the GST Council’s ability to evolve a consensus that helped it reap rich dividends. GST was a long overdue reform and had been recommended 18­19 years ago.”

Pointing the priorities of the government in the days to come Jaitley said they’d mostly be rural India, clearing the backlog of defence purchases, healthcare and education and infrastructure.

Prabhu on the other hand talked about taking the country’s growth to double digits. “Change has to happen at the macro as well as the micro levels. We are taking steps to ensure growth levels in every district in the country go up by 3 to 4 per cent. When this accumulates at the macro level, India’s GDP growth will move from 7 per cent to 10 per cent,” he said.

The BusinessLine Changemaker Awards are powered by Volkswagen. Other sponsors for the event included Tata Sons, Qualcomm, Dell Technologies, Anand Prakash, Oriental Bank of Commerce and Casagrand.

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