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.
|Award for Iconic mother||Leelaben Chhabildas Gurjar (91)||Successfully bringing up her 6 children despite of great odds|
|Award for centenarian||Uday Singh Mann (104)||Exemplary services for the betterment of the community and the society|
|Life Time Achievement Award||Yashwant Narayan Kadam and Manohar Vishwanath Bhale||Significant contribution to the society especially for the elderly.|
|Creative Art Award||Jitendra Udhampuri||Development and enrichment of Dogri language|
|Creative Art Award||Rabindranath Das Shastri (78)||Outstanding contribution in the field of Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit and Bengali languages despite of his age|
|Award In sports & adventure||Bahadur Singh||contribution in the field of sports|
|Best District Panchayat||Panchayats of Dindori (Madhya Pradesh) and Udupi (Karnataka)||Providing services and facilities to senior citizens.|
|Best Institutions||Gram 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.
ABOUT VAYOSHRESHTHA SAMMAN
- 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.