His efforts in implementing various government schemes in Maoist-affected areas of Madhya Pradesh were instrumental in weaning away the local community from the influence of Naxals.
Taking note of his work, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh awarded Gulshan Bamra, collector of Madhya Pradesh's Balaghat district from 2006-09, with an award for Excellence in Public Administration at the Civil Services Day function in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Sanjay Dubey, collector of Jabalpur in 2005, was honoured for his efforts to remove encroachments of religious nature on public roads and land without hurting local sentiments.
Samit Sharma's efforts to make available generic drugs at government shops at one fourth of the price at which they were available at private shops won kudos.
Sharma, who implemented the project during his tenure as District Magistrate of Chittorgarh in Rajasthan, was conferred the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Public Administration.
Vijay Singhal, the collector of Jalgaon in Maharashta in 2005, was honoured for his initiative to divert excess water from Girna dam in neighbouring Nashik district to the parched regions of Jalgaon.
Rajesh Lakhani's efforts to promote cervical cancer screening in Chennai during his tenure as Commissioner of the Chennai Corporation won him the PM's Award.
IAS officers Alok Shukla and Gaurav Dwivedi and scientist A K Somasekhar were honoured for their efforts in computerisation of paddy procurement and public distribution system in Chhattisgarh.
Madhya Pradesh government officials O P Rawat, Jaideep Govind, Anil Oberoi, Rashmi Arun Shami and Ashok Kumar Upadhyay were honoured for the work in recognition of forest rights in the state.
Revenue Service officials S S Khan, Milap Jain and G T Venkateswara Rao received the award for developing the integrated taxpayer data management system.
Department of Post was honoured for implementing 'Project Arrow' for transforming India Post.