Gandhi Peace Prize
• Gandhi Peace Prize Awards was instituted in the year 1995 on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by Government of India.
• The award carries an amount of Rs. one crore, a Citation in a scroll, a plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item.
• This annual award will be given to individuals, associations, institutions or organizations who have worked selflessly for peace, non-violence and amelioration of human sufferings particular of the less-privileged section of society contributing towards social justice and harmony.
• Normally recent works achieved during 10 years immediately preceding the nomination are considered.
• The Award for every year is selected by a Jury under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister. The Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, the Chief Justice of India, Speaker of the Lok Sabha and one other eminent persons are also the members of the committee.
• The Award is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, language, caste, creed or gender.
• Dr. Julius K. Nyerere, the former President of Tanzania was the first recipient of the Gandhi Peace Prize in 1995.
• Ramakrishna Mission is the first organisation to receive the Gandhi Peace Prize.
• Social activist Baba Amte is the first Indian to receive this award. He was conferred with Gandhi Peace Prize in 1999.