Prime Point Foundation, Chennai every year honours the top performing Parliamentarians during April / May for their performance till the end of Part I of Budget Session of that year.
3rd Annual Awards function was held at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras on Saturday the 14th April 2012, to honour the following four MPs with ‘Sansad Ratna Award’. Details of the individual performance is given in our earlier posting.
- Mr Anandrao Vithoba Adsul, Shiv Sena MP from Amravati, Maharashtra
- Mr Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, BJP MP from Chandrapur, Maharastra
- Mr S S Ramasubbu, Cong MP from Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu
- Mr Arjun Ram Meghwal, BJP MP from Bikaner, Rajasthan
The Sansad Ratna Awards-2012 were presented by Mr Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Former Governor of West Bengal (grand son of Mahatma Gandhi), in the presence of Mr Era Sezhiyan, veteran Parliamentarian and Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthy, Director of IIT-M.
Mr Anandrao Adsul and Mr Hansraj Gangaram Ahir could not be physically be present to receive the Awards. However they interacted with the audience through ‘mobile’ from their place.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam had given an exclusive message for this function, which was recorded on 10th April 2012. This video was screened for the benefit of the audience. In his message, Dr Abdul Kalam suggested the politicians to become ‘role models’ by undertaking ‘inspiring action’. He said, that would further inspire the youth to take up politics and governance.
After presenting the Awards, Mr Gopalkrishna Gandhi , in his inspiring and poetic speech, appealed to every one not to slander the Parliament. He said, it would amount to slandering ourselves. He also quoted that there were various acts enacted by the Parliament to prevent dowry, untouchability, etc. Still, the society violated such acts and followed their own practises.
A National Seminar on ‘Youth in Politics and Governance – Challenges and Opportunities’ was held earlier with Mr S S Ramasubbu MP, Mr Arjun Ram Meghwal MP and Mr R Bhagwan Singh, Executive Editor of Deccan Chronicle as panelists. This panel discussed encouraged the educated and service minded youth to enter into politics to take forward the wheels of the nation.
There was another panel discussion in the evening to discuss the ‘Role of Civil Society’. Ms Jothimani (Cong), Ms Vanati Srinivasan (BJP), Ms Revathy (CPM), Ms Ajitha Karthikeyan (Political journalist) and Ms Bhavana Upadyaya (Social activist) as panelists. This panel discussed the various issues that are preventing the youth to enter into politics.
The purpose of this seminar is to discourage the ‘cynical’ attitude of the society against ‘politics as an institution’ and to applaud good politicians, who are running the country. This seminar was organised jointly Prime Point Foundation and Humanities and Social Science Department of IIT, Madras.
The event was anchored by Sneha Gore and Bhanu Gomes.
Indian Overseas Bank supported this event as main sponsors.
Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Bank of Maharashtra, UCO Bank and Corporation Bank also supported this event. Good Relations india was the PR Partner for this event