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Khandelwal and Sharma get social entrepreneur award

Human Resource Development minister Kapil Sibal conferred the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 award to Rajiv Khandelwal and Krishnaavtar Sharma of Aajeevika Bureau, on Saturday.

delhi Updated: Nov 14, 2010 00:02 IST
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Human resource development minister Kapil Sibal conferred the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 award to Rajiv Khandelwal and Krishnaavtar Sharma of Aajeevika Bureau, on Saturday.

Aajeevika Bureau, the Udaipur-based organisation, helps build professional networks for rural, seasonal migrants.

Jointly sponsored by the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, this year's award winner was decided by a national jury comprising an independent panel of leaders from business, government, media, academia and civil society.

Jury members include Planning Commission member secretary Sudha Pillai, ITC chairman YC Deveshwar, Schwab Foundation co-founder and chairperson Hilde Schwab and Hindustan Times chairperson and editorial director, Shobhana Bhartia.

Lauding the Ajeevika Bureau for its innovative work, Sibal said social entrepreneurship was necessary to take forward the goal of inclusive growth. “Any society that does not take care of its poor will not be able to preserve its rich,” he said.

Established in 2005, the Ajeevika Bureau helps rural, seasonal migrants to build partnerships with local governments and businesses, while also developing photo-identity services and financial products for them.

Rural, seasonal migrant workers are a massive workforce with numbers that touch nearly 100 million across India. Ajeevika Bureau’s offices are scattered in Ahmedabad, Jaipur and seven blocks of southern Rajasthan, where an estimated 8 lakh rural workers migrate seasonally to Gujarat and Karnataka.

The award is a testimony to the innovation and impact that is possible when sustainable inclusive growth is pursued, Jubilant Bhartia Foundation director Shyam S Bhartia said in his welcome address.

Speaking later, Khandelwal said the award helps draw attention of policy makers, financers and grassroots organisations to the problems of identity and livelihood of migrant workers. “It comes as a big boost to our efforts,” he added.