Press Release - 2011

The 6th Annual CtrlS-KARMAVEER PURASKAAR to mark National Citizen Action Day

New Delhi: November 26, 2011:

The expat city- Gurgaon in the NCR region hosted the venerated CtrlS KARMAVEER PURASKAAR this Saturday, 26th of November at the Shri Ram School auditorium. Instituted by the people sector along with various partners, citizens from all sectors, and media supporters, the prestigious award is an annual function that recognizes and encourages citizens to address social issues and BE THE CHANGE in the society.

Eminent Awardees are Gul Panag- Main Stream Actress, Arzell Papazell Nelson- Global Artistes 4 Change, Dr. Kalyan Banerjee- Lifetime Achievement Karmaveer Puraskaar, Nila Madhab panda- Filmmaker on contemporary Issues, William Dalrymple- Author, Chetan Sharma- Corporate CEO's Foundation, Diwakar- Kids 4 Change, Vijendra Shekhawat- Young Social Entrepreneur Citizen KVP, and 49 more categories.

The people sector instituted these awards to recognize real life unsung heroes who believe it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness and have walked that extra mile to BE THE CHANGE and practice true democracy by fighting for social justice and practicing the power of ONE as citizens for change. This year we celebrate the sixth year of instituting the CtrlS-KARMAVEER PURASKAAR and the awards, like every year, shall be given the 26th day of November, the National Social Justice and Citizen Action Day.

The awardees of CtrlS-KARMAVEER PURASKAAR are caring and concerned citizens who have gone beyond business as usual to lead the change with an 'I CAN DO' attitude by taking stands and speaking out against social wrongs. These awardees are dubbed as the Noble Laureates and the mission of the awards is to celebrate and inspire individual citizen action for social justice. The idea is to nominate and select citizens from all the sectors, who have contributed to social justice & citizen action by going beyond business as usual, and thus have been the change that they want to see in the world. These coveted awards are given only to individual citizens and not to any organisation or company. 

During the award ceremony iCongo announce REX- This is an initiative under the auspices of the RIGHT every WRONG & Karmaveer awards movement, which is being promoted by iCONGO- International Confederation of NGOs & CtrlS Foundation. REX CONCLAVE is the scaled up new avatar of the RIGHT every WRONG conclave, which were knowledge forums that were pivotal for pioneering huge thought leadership for addressing various social issues ranging from Education to Healthcare & Poverty to Marginalization, Climate Change, Corruption, Electoral Reforms, CSR, Communalism, MDGs and Constitutional rights & duties awareness. REX is the forum where thought leaders shall be invited to engage with audiences by giving their most enthralling talk in 15 minutes or less. The talk could be anything that fits in within the 3 pillars of REX across the thematic sectors (Business {Banking, Insurance, Microfinance, Telecom, Advertising, Retail, Infrastructure, Low Cost Housing, Aviation & others} Luxury brands, Media, NGOs, Government, Venture Capital, Social Ventures, Media, Entertainment, Education, Healthcare, Public Health, Philanthropy, Agriculture, Youth Affairs and other themes. Also on the occasion, one minute silence was observed for Late Sh. Vasant Sathe, Indian politician of the Indian National Congress party & Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, who was the Chief patron for the entire movement

Present at the event, Jeroninio Almeida, Founder, iCongo said, "I am overwhelmed by the large number of volunteers who have been contributing towards the society and are determined to 'Be the Change' for the betterment of the world we live in. This prestigious award is a step to honour the exemplary actions by people from our own surrounding who have gone beyond their comfort zones for social justice through citizen action. We really need the awareness in our citizens so that together, we all become the emissary of a change.

Commenting on the felicitation of the Karmaveer Puraskaar awardees, Sridhar Reddy, Chairman, CtrlS Group commented, "Everyone wants an egalitarian society. But the ideal condition cannot be achieved by imagination, dreaming, or relying on any government body or an organisation. If we want to see the change, we will have to become the change. The Karmaveer Puraskaar is an emanation of the selfless service done by the ordinary citizens of our society that deserves nothing less than an appreciation. We need to be united and striving towards what we dream of- a beautiful world.

One of this year's awardees, Gul Panag, said, "I am glad to have been awarded the coveted Karmaveer Puraskaar. However, I would like to share this among all the citizens of our country who have done even single deed of selfless service. I do not need the award, but a lot of people in our society need our help. I ask you all to pledge at this moment to do at least one selfless work every day and you'll see the world changing for yourself. It is a moment however, which has left me feel humble and motivated to contribute more to the society.

About Karmaveer Puraskaar

The "KARMAVEER PURASKAAR (KVP)" is the National Awards for social justice and citizen action instituted by the people sector with various partner organisations, citizens at large and media supporters. The "KARMAVEER PURASKAAR" awards ceremony has over the years become a "MELTING POT" where People from India & Global Citizens that comprise individuals ranging from princes and princesses to global bestselling authors, young politicians, statesmen, bureaucrats, ambassadors, actors, singers, captains of industry, media professionals, development workers, young adults, students, school children, homemakers, academicians, slum workers and others who come "TOGETHER as ONE to RIGHT every WRONG".

About iCONGO

iCONGO- Indian Confederation of NGOs, a people sector movement founded in 2004 by various citizen volunteers and activists who got together to form a dynamic movement of NGOs (the people sector to check social inequities) and citizens who want to BE THE CHANGE. iCONGO is an identity we created for the movement and belongs to all citizens who sign up to come together as ONE to RIGHT every WRONG and address socio- political issues to make the world's largest democracy a true REPUBLIC, where We the people should be WE the Power to promote good governance and social responsibility by standing up and speaking out.

About CtrlS

Promoted by the Pioneer Group and USD 20 billion NYSE -listed Och-Ziff Capital, CtrlS is Asia's largest and best-in-class tier IV datacenter, and has recently won the NASSCOM Emerge 50 award in the fastest growing company domain. A firm believer in the philosophy of "Total ownership", CtrlS has IXP connected datacenters in Hyderabad, Mumbai & Delhi with a promise of 99.995% uptime and a host of innovative solutions to keep their client's businesses up and running all times. CtrlS has been supporting Karmaveer Puraskaar and Karmayuga since 2010.

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