Madhu Pandit Dasa conferred with the Padma Shri award on Republic Day
Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation and President of ISKCON Bangalore was conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri award on the eve of the nation’s 67th Republic Day by the Government of India. The award recognized the noble services rendered by the organization for the children of India.
Thanking the Government for this recognition, Madhu Pandit Dasa said “I dedicate this award to Srila Prabhupada, a true visionary who wanted to see a hunger free world. This award will give immense encouragement to the Akshaya Patra team to reach greater heights in its service. Srila Prabhupada the founder of ISKCON desired that no one should go hungry in this country. This award is recognition of our humble service of leading this cause of nutrition for education amongst the government school children through the Akshaya Patra programme. It is an inspiration for me and the entire team at Akshaya Patra to reach out the work of our foundation to many more hungry children of this country. Quality food for these children is a need for quality education that will in turn create citizens of great character. Our children are the real asset of our nation.”
Under the leadership of Madhu Pandit Dasa, Akshaya Patra designed the first centralised kitchen in July 2000, to serve the underprivileged children in the Government schools of Bengaluru Rural District. The organization has emerged as one of the most effective NGOs striving to eliminate hunger and poverty in the country. It looks forward to reach around 5 million children by the year 2020.