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Vayoshreshtha Samman 2015

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President Pranab Mukherjee presented the National Awards for Senior Citizens “Vayoshreshtha Samman 2015” at Plenary Hall, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on the occasion of International Day for older persons on 1st October 2015. He honoured 11 people in seven categories for their contribution in helping the elderly people.

Vayoshreshtha Saman 2015


Award for Iconic motherLeelaben Chhabildas Gurjar (91)Successfully bringing up her 6 children despite of great odds
Award for centenarianUday Singh Mann (104)Exemplary services for the betterment of the community and the society
Life Time Achievement AwardYashwant Narayan Kadam and Manohar Vishwanath BhaleSignificant contribution to the society especially for the elderly.
Creative Art AwardJitendra UdhampuriDevelopment and enrichment of Dogri language
Creative Art AwardRabindranath Das Shastri (78)Outstanding contribution in the field of Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit and Bengali languages despite of his age
Award In sports & adventureBahadur Singhcontribution in the field of sports
Best District PanchayatPanchayats of Dindori (Madhya Pradesh) and Udupi (Karnataka)Providing services and facilities to senior citizens.
Best InstitutionsGram Vikas Parsihad (Assam) Pravara Rural Hospital (Maharashtra)Providing services to senior citizens and for awareness generation.
  • Government will unveil national policy for senior citizens by next year for the welfare of elderly people across the country with the participation of the public.
  • The new policy for the elderly will replace the existing policy which was formed in 1999.


  • Vayoshreshtha Samman is honouring senior citizens and institutions since 2003 but it has been given the National Award status in 2013
  • The award is organised by Ministry of social justice and empowerment to honour our eminent senior citizens and institutions that render their exemplary services for the cause of elderly people.