On October 15, 2016, the efforts and achievements of Akshaya Patra Foundation were rewarded for running the world’s largest Mid-Day Meal Programme. The Foundation was awarded with the prestigious Kalam Innovation in Governance Award 2016 (KIGA 2016) during the 1st Edition of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Summit on ‘Innovation in Governance’ which was held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
Shri Bharatarshabha Dasa, Director – Relationships of Akshaya Patra received the award – which is a tribute to the 11th President of India – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The award was presented by Mr Alok Ranjan, Chairperson of Kalam Centre and Former Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh.
“We feel honored to receive the 1st Edition of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Award for ‘Innovation in Governance’ category. This award will inspire us to expand our operations and reach out to more children,” said Shridhar Venkat, CEO of Akshaya Patra.
“We are grateful to receive this prestigious award. We would like to express our gratitude towards KIGA Summit and its panel for recognizing Akshaya Patra’s role in building a better future for children, improving governance and delivering value,” Shridhar Venkat further added.