An eminent Jury headed by Justice M.F. Saldhana, retired Judge, Karnataka High Court, has short-listed six winners under different categories for the Essel Karnataka’s Best Social Service Awards- 2008.
The awardees are: Canara Bank Relief and Welfare Society (Corporate Social Responsibility category); Krupa Loving Animals (Animal Welfare category); Putteramma, School for Deaf and Blind; and Dr B Ramana Rao (Social Workers category); Sumangali Seva Ashram (NGO category) and Vanastree (Environment category).
As the countdown begins, excitement is running high in Karnataka. One among the six winners selected by the Jury will be chosen by the people of the State as Karnataka’s Best through televoting.
The final winner will be announced on April 19, 2008 in Bangalore at a glittering ceremony.
“The winners represent not just different sections of the society, but also urban and rural areas. They have set an example for others to emulate,” said Dr M. Gautham Machaiah, who is spearheading the Awards initiative.
Profiles of the Winners:
Canara Bank Relief and Welfare Society
Canara Bank Relief and Welfare Society has been serving the aged, disabled and destitute from 1961 by providing free health care and education. It is a recognised charitable organisation. It runs a 100-bed hospital, a home for children, home for elders, a geriatric care centre, a Braille transcription centre and a counselling centre.
Krupa Loving Animals
Krupa Loving Animals conceptualised a 24-Hour helpline service that networks between animal welfare organisation in Bangalore, the city corporation and the public. Krupa Loving Animals finds community owners for street dogs, rescues critically injured animals for long term treatment, conducts awareness programmes, addresses forums of people, has had numerous homeless animals adopted and counselled hundreds of pet owners who have wanted to abandon pets in their old age or ill health.
In 1989, Putterramma started the School of Deaf and Blind in Mysore. Initially, she took to begging to support her school. There are 100 children who are studying in her school. She provides board and lodging for all the children. She has won the Rajiv Gandhi Social Service Award. She is also known as the Mother Teresa of Karnataka.
Dr B Ramana Rao
Dr B Ramana Rao has created a record of sorts by providing free medical service to over 1.3 million people continuously for 33 years. He has provided uninterrupted free service to the rural poor on every Sunday. Over 800-1000 patients are treated with medicines, injections and nebulisation absolutely free of cost at his village clinic 35 km from Bangalore.
Sumangali Seva Ashram
Sumangali Seva Ashram provides needy children with a healthier childhood, pre-school and education. It provides formal and non-formal education to children, free hostels for needy women and children, awareness programmes, family counselling services and a creche for destitute children.
Vanastree is a unique movement of women aimed at protecting the Western Ghats. This band of dedicated women led by Ms Sunita Rao work deep within the forests identifying various species of plants and strengthening the biodiversity of the area.