Matter of pride
Achyuta Samanta, social activist and reformer from India, was honoured with Isa Award for Service to Humanity, a top civilian award of the Kingdom of Bahrain, on June 3. Samanta received a certificate of appreciation, a gold medal and cash prize from King Hamad of Bahrain. The honour is in recognition of Samanta’s humanitarian work, said Deputy Premier and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the award, Shaikh Mohammed Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa. This award is given every two years to individuals or organisations whose selfless actions produced long-term benefit to the general public, enhanced efforts in finding solutions to humanitarian and social problems and issues, and adopted creative ideas and theories to raise the standard of life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Samanta has been working for the uplift of poorest of the poor indigenous community in Odisha for the last two and a half decades. His passion led him to establish Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), a free residential institute for 25,000 tribal children. He also founded KIIT, a group of professional institutes, to make this social enterprise sustainable through a unique and innovative financial model. The award is named after the Late Amir Shaik Isa Bin Salman-Al Khalifa, former ruler of Bahrain. The recipient of the award is chosen by an expert panel representing each continent chaired by Swede Jan Paulsson, while the board chairman is Deputy Premier Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa. A jury member Mohammed Bensaissa of Marroco put on record, “Dr Samanta is the most worthy candidate, because he has overcome so many obstacles to help the community”.