Felicitates 11 volunteers at the 7 th Dharti Ratna Awards

Ahmedabad, Saturday:

Felicitated 11 ‘sevavratis’ at the 7 th Dharti Ratna Awards, instituted by Ashirvad Foundation.

The awardees are:
1. Subhash Apte for serving mentally challenged children,
2. Rasikbhai Raval for setting up cremation grounds,
3. Sudhir Modi for tending to sick and heartbroken,
4. Ashaben Patel for legal service to the needy,
5. Nilesh Panchal for serving mentally challenged children,
6. Lalji Prajapati for serving the visually challenged,
7. Keshavbhai Gor for spreading the ideas of Swami Vivekanand,
8. Devendra Lakshmishankar Trivedi for serving the footpath dwellers,
9. Bhadraben Savai for serving the people hit by drought and disasters,

10. Ramilaben Gandhi for providing free hostel facility for poor
children, and
11. Priyavadan Shah for counselling people to donate eyes and body.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani felicitated 11 ‘sevavratis’ at the 7 th Dharti Ratna Awards, instituted by Ashirvad Foundation, at a function here today.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that service before self, sharing the sorrow
of others in ingrained in Indian culture and tradition. He regretted the feeling is
on the wane and in such a situation the contribution of the sevavratis, setting
an example before the society, assumes special significance. Money is no
criteria for the right person for the right job.
In the society mad after money and status, those who serve the needy,
oppressed deserve felicitation. The concept of ‘daridra narayan’ defines motto
of service as divine.
Dr. Kumarpal Desai spoke on the activities of the Ashirvad Foundation.
Foundation’s Chairman R.S. Patel said that Education Trust is working in the
field for the last 42 years, in collaboration with the state government. Two
recipients of the awards reciprocated with their feelings.
Prominent among those present at the function included educationist Vidyut
Joshi, Justice (Retd) J.C. Upadhyay, Kiranbhai C. Patel, Kanubhai Patel, P.S.
Patel, among others.