Maharashtra Governor CH. Vidyasagar Rao presented Parmarth Ratna Award posthumously to Padma Shri awardee late Dr. Bhavarlal Jain, founder of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd (JISL) at a function held at Hotel Trident Nariman Point in Mumbai on Sunday 15th, October 2017. The award was presented in recognition of late Jain’s exemplary work in business, philanthropy and social cause.
The award was received by the Chairman of Jain Irrigation System Ltd Ashok Jain and Managing Director Anil Jain. Jain Irrigation is one of the biggest companies in the world in micro-irrigation.
The Governor described Bhavarlal Jain as a ‘Krishi Yogi, Gyan Yogi, Seva Yogi and a shining jewel’ in the crown of India. The Governor Vidyasagar Rao said “Bhavarlal Jain empowered and enriched millions of farmers from the country by harnessing the power of micro irrigation for small farm holding”.
The Governor further added “Bhavarlal Jain raised world class fruit and vegetable processing facilities in the country when fruit processing was still a nascent industry.India can achieve second green revolution if it followed the agriculture model of late Bhavarlal Jain”.
Padma Shri awardee late Dr. Bhavarlal Jain was profoundly known as ‘Bhau’. He was the pioneer of micro irrigation and championed the cause of Indian farmers. He was a recipient of 22 International and National awards and was also conferred the prestigious UNESCO-West-Net Water Conserver of India award.
Noted social worker Justice (retd) Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari, Chairman of Parmarth Seva Samiti Laxminarayan Biyani, President Gopal Biyani and General Secretary Ravi Lalpuria were prominent among those present.
The Parmarth Ratna award has been instituted by the Parmarth Seva Samiti. It recognizes the excellence achieved by an individual in the field of social work, business, education and medicine. In the past Industrialist Sajjan Jindal, Mrs. Rajshree Birla, S.S.Mundra, etc have been recipients of the Parmarth Ratna Award.
It may be noted that Parmath Seva Samiti is a nonprofit organization that is committed for the welfare of the economically weaker sections of the society. The samiti offers medical assistance through free health checkup camps, provides free education, scholarship, organizes religious & cultural events and holds marriages of destitute girls and many other social activities.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist