S Annapurna from Vizianagaram of Andhra Pradesh, was awarded prestagious
outstanding contribution to environmental conservation and awareness generation in Vizayanagaram of AP.
Annapurna, borne on 23rd December, 1964, is founder of the "Community Development Center" which has done remarkable work in the tribal areas of Vizayanagaram district AP by providing smokeless choolas, raising plantations and undertaking watershed development programmes with public participation. This has resulted in environmental protection coupled with social upliftment of the tribal
Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar was instituted in 1987 and is given to individuals/institutions in recognition of exceptional and outstanding contributions in the field of environmental protection. The term "Environment" is interpreted in the broadest sense and the following is an illustrative list of areas of work.
Control of pollution, Conservation of natural resources, Rational utilization of depletable resources, Environmental planning and management, Environmental Impact Assessment
Outstanding field work for enrichment of environment eg-afforestation, land reclamation, water treatment, air purification etc., Environmental education and Creating awareness on environmental issues
Environment cell chief in Government of Andhra Pradesh, C.S.Ramalakshmi congratulated Annapurna,. She said that their endeavor is to promote more such individuals and recognize unsung heroes/heroines working for environment conservation.(EOM)