Skoch Blue Economy Person of the Year Award
Dr. Rajiv Kumar Gupta (IAS), Managing Director, GNFC was conferred upon the honour of the Skoch Blue Economy Person of the Year Award 2016 for his achievements and exemplary leadership in conceptualising, designing and managing the Neem Project. The highly coveted award honours individuals whom it deems to be harbingers of change and who have had exceptional impact on the growth and development of the nation. The earlier recipaints of Skoch awards have been Dr P Chidambaram, Former Commerce Minister, Finance Minister and Home Minister , Mr M Venkaiah Naidu,Hon’ble Urban Development Minister, Dr Nandan Nilekani, former Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), ex-CEO at Infosys,Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Dr Vijay L Kelkar, Former Chairman of Finance Commission, Dr C Rangarajan, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister to name a few.
The award was received by Dr. Rajiv Kumar Gupta (IAS), Managing Director, GNFC at the gala award ceremony organized at the Constitution Club, New Delhi on December 16,2016.
Order of Merit Award
The Neem Project was adjudged among the 100 most impactful projects in the country by Skoch in 2016 for which GNFC was conferred the honour of ‘order of merit’ amongst 2500 award entries sent by both private and government organizations. A rigorous process was followed for the selection. The selection was made on the basis of a write up shared with Skoch on the project describing its various aspects. After this was short listed, a presentation was made to a panel of judges where other contenders for the award also voted for the project on the perceived merit of the award.
The Skoch order of merit award was received by Mr. G.K Patel on behalf of The Neem Project on December 16, 2016 at the gala award ceremony organized at the Constitution Club, New Delhi.
Skoch Blue Economy Platinum Sustainability Award 2016
As the next step, GNFC’s Neem Project competed to qualify for the Skoch Blue Economy Award 2016. GNFC had to set up a booth at the National Exhibit planned on 16th December 2016 to showcase the Neem Project and to explain the case to participants and delegates and solicit their votes. The award was determined by popular votes by participants and delegates, 25% weightage of which was added to the “Skoch Order-of-Merit” rating to complete the evaluation for Skoch Blue Economy Award 2016.
The Neem Project emerged as the winner of the Platinum award, the highest merit to be conferred to the project within the category of Sustainability.
The award was received by Dr. Rajiv Kumar Gupta (IAS), Managing Director, GNFC at the gala award ceremony organized at the Constitution Club, New Delhi.
About Skoch Awards
The Skoch Awards celebrate human excellence and agents of change in the Indian society. The awards are based on the philosophy of spearheading positive socio-economic changes through recognising persons and projects which have contributed immensely to salutary transformations in society and governance by displaying exemplary leadership abilities. They are the highest independently instituted civilian honours in India. Since 2003, when these were instituted, the Skoch Awards have become the only independent benchmark of best practices in India in the fields of governance, finance, banking, technology, corporate citizenship, economics and inclusive growth. These salute individuals, highlight projects and focus institutions that go the extra mile to make India a better nation.