For several years now, the Ramnath Goenka Memorial Foundation, through its annual awards, has been honouring journalists who ask the sharpest questions. Now, the Foundation plans to recognise those who are striving to provide meaningful answers as well.
The Foundation Wednesday announced it would be instituting a new set of awards, called the Ramnath Goenka Changemaker Awards, for District Magistrates who are helping provide answers to some of India’s most complex problems.
“If the Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism reinforce the values of Ramnath Goenka, the newspaper publisher, the Ramnath Goenka Changemaker Awards will be in tune with his vision of governance and social change. A vision that touched the Constituent Assembly debates of which he was a part, and his interventions in politics for equity and justice,” Viveck Goenka, Chairman and Managing Director of The Express Group, said. Details of the awards and the application process will soon be announced, he said.
The idea is to celebrate the ambassadors of good governance on the ground, enrich public discourse and acknowledge the crucial role played by these young bureaucrats in effecting change. District Magistrates who have worked on and helped introduce change in their districts, through innovative introduction or management or planning of schemes, ideas and projects will be rewarded and encouraged.
“The Changemaker Awards will celebrate District Magistrates across India who have best scripted and/or implemented change in their districts. Change that has touched men, women and children; change that has improved life, literally, on the ground — brought about by officers, the genuine ambassadors of good governance,” Goenka said.
“Taken together, the Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism and the Ramnath Goenka Changemaker Awards will, I strongly believe, celebrate and nurture men and women at their committed best, whose work embodies the best principles of citizenship,” he said.