Hon’ble President of India Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Padma Shri to Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of the Akshaya Patra Foundation and President of ISKCON, Bengaluru, at Durbar Hall of Rashtrpathi Bhavan on April 12.
Madhu Pandit Dasa was honoured with the recognition for the distinguished service rendered by Akshaya Patra for the children of India. On the occasion, he thanked the government for the recognition. Upon receiving the honour, he said: “I dedicate this award to Srila Prabhupada, a true visionary who wanted to see a hunger free world. This recognition shall give immense encouragement to the Akshaya Patra team to reach greater heights. It is our humble service of providing nutrition to the government school children through the Akshaya Patra programme. It is an inspiration for me and the entire team at Akshaya Patra to reach out to many more hungry children of this country. Quality food for these children is essential for quality education that will in turn create citizens who can think for themselves and help develop good character.”