Dr Manmohan Singh Receives V.C. Padmanabhan Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award
DrManmohan Singh Receives V.C. Padmanabhan Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award
Chennai: DrManmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India, received the first V.C. Padmanabhan Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award from Shri. Pranab Mukherjee, former President of India, in a function held at the Constitution Club of India here. Shri P.J. Kurian, Deputy Chairman of the RajyaSabha and Shri V.P. Nandakumar, MD & CEO, Manappuram Finance Ltd. were present at the function.
Speaking on the occasion, ShriPranab Mukherjee said that the former prime minister had provided stability to India and successfully presided over the country’s finances during troubled times. In his acceptance speech, Dr. Manm ohan Singh spoke about India’s gold consumption and said that a large part of demand for gold is due to lack of fina ncial literacy and gaps in spreading financial inclusion. He also mentioned how a money lending and pawn broking business by its founder V.C. Padmanabhan has now adapted to change and transformed itself into one of India’s leading NBFCs under the leadership of V.P. Nandakumar.
The V C Padmanabhan Memorial Awards were instituted in 2010 to commemorate the illustrious founder of the Manappuram Group of companies. They are presented every year to eminent personalities who have made sign ificant contributions in the categories of Arts and Literature, Civil Servant achieving Excellence in Public Admin istration, Public Representative achieving Excellence in Good Governance, Business Excellence leading to devel opment of Society at large and Ecology and Environment Conservation. A new category “Excellence in Sports and Games” was added in 2018. It is also the first time since inception that an award for Lifetime Achievement was presented.
It is presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievements by eminent personalities in the categories of Arts and Literature, Civil Service, Governance, Business and Ecology and Environment Conservation. A category was added this year for “Excellence in Sports and Games” was added in 2018. This is the first time since The nom inees for the awards were selected by a six member jury, headed by Justice (Retd) M Ramachandran, former Judge, High Court of Kerala. The other members were Shri. V.P. Nandakumar (MD & CEO, Manappuram Finance Ltd.), Shri. T. Balakrishnan, IAS (Retd.), former MD, INKEL Ltd., Shri. T.M. Manoharan, IFS (Retd.), former Chai rman, Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission, Dr. P.V. Krishnan Nair (former Secretary, Kerala Sangee thaNataka Academy) and Mr. P.K. Vijayakumar, IRS (Retd.), former Insurance Ombudsman for Kerala & Laksh adweep. Over the years, many eminent people from all walks of life have been recipients of the award. Dr. E. Sreedharan (MD, Delhi Metro) in 2010, Shri. M. Damodaran (former Chairman, SEBI) in 2012, Shri. Vinod Rai (former CAG) in 2013, ShriAmjad Ali Khan and ShriAdoorGopalakrishnan in 2015, Shri M.T. Vasudevan Nair (2016), Mr. Amitabh Kant IAS (CEO, NitiAayog) and Mr. ShashiTharoor (Member of Parliament) in 2017.