In the News:
Akshaya Patra Award

by ISKCON, Bangalore

Posted February 22, 2009

The CNBC India Business Leader Awards were conferred in Mumbai on January 22nd, 2009 and ISKCON-Bangalore's Akshaya Patra received the award under the Social Enterprise of the Year category. The awards were instituted by CNBC TV 18, a premier TV channel which focuses on India's corporate business news.

The awards were adjudged by a jury of Indian corporate luminaries consisting of Mr. Mukesh Ambani (Reliance), Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla (Birlas), Mr. Deepak Parekh (HDFC), Mr. R. Seshasayee (Ashok Leyland), Mr. Jagdish Khattar (Maruthi) and Mr. Raghav Bahl (CNBC).

CNBC Jury noted that Akshaya Patra was awarded considering the scale of feeding nearly 1 million children everyday in 17 locations in 7 states of the country. Akshaya Patra was also recognized for its management and governance that is professional.

The awards were given in a glamorous gathering with the country's captains of Indian corporations.

Ashok Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, Kamal Nath, Union Minister for Commerce and Amir Khan, India top film actor were also present in the ceremony.

Mr Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, received the award and said, "This award is actually a recognition of thousands of supporters from the corporate world, professional governance provided by my co-trustees, board of advisors, support of the state and central government, thousands of Akshaya Patra staff and dedicated missionary workers of ISKCON Bangalore, to bring a smile on the faces of the underprivileged children of our country and to empower them with education."

"We have been following the best practices of the for-profit world in terms of transparency and governance which we believe is essential to conduct the program on such a grand scale. We also thank God for making us instruments in this great service and pray that we will be able to extend this service to thousands of more children to support them with good food and education."

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