Social Justice and Empowerment

Vayoshreshta Samman Award for Senior Citizens, Organizations & Panchayats in Kerala / केरल के वरिष्ठ नागरिकों, संगठनों और पंचायतों के लिए वैश्यस्थता सम्मान पुरस्कार

केरल के वरिष्ठ नागरिकों, संगठनों और पंचायतों के लिए वैश्यस्थता सम्मान पुरस्कार (हिंदी में) 

To facilitating distinguished senior citizens, organizations & Panchayaths with the Samman, the central Government of India came up with the scheme named Vayoshreshta Samman Award for the Aged on the occasion of International Day for Older Persons. This scheme implemented in Kerala by the social justice department. The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment celebrating Older Person day every year by organizing a series of programmes and facilitating distinguished senior citizens, organizations and Panchayaths with the Vayoshreshtha Samman award. This award is started to recognize the services given by the older senior citizens, to sensitize the society by aware about problems & needs of the older persons. Under this scheme, the total number of ten awards distributed by the government for various categories like Institution Award for Knowledge, Institution Award for Service, Centenarian Award, Best Mother Award, Courage and Bravery Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Creative Art Award, Best Panchayath Award, Sportsperson Award. Government has taken up very good initiative to recognize the work of older persons in India

Benefits of Vayoshreshta Samman Award for the Aged:

Vayoshreshta Samman Awards are given in the following category:

  • Institution Award for Knowledge: this award is given for that institution who are generating and spreading the knowledge in the field of ageing
  • Institution Award for Service: this award is given for those who are providing outstanding services to the elderly people
  • Centenarian Award for the individuals: this award is given to those people who are more than 90 years old. But, still working & contributing to the society
  • Best Mother Award: this award is given to those mothers who have fought against all odds in life so that their children may fulfil her dream
  • Courage and Bravery Award: this award is given to the older people who showed extraordinary courage in difficult situations
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: This award is given to the senior citizens who have worked in the field of ageing and made significant contributions
  • Creative Art Award: this award is given to the winners of the National/International award for their contribution in the field of  literature, painting, theatre, feature films and who are continued to be appreciated by the society despite advancing age and their efforts to train younger persons in the art
  • Best Panchayath Award: this award given to the Panchayaths who have done excellent work for the cause of the older person at Panchayath Level
  • Sportsperson Award: this award is given to the winners of National/International Championships during their young age and giving contribution to the improvement of younger sportsperson
  • Economic Leadership Award: This award is given to the persons who have contributed to economic, entrepreneurial development and continued contribution to improving standards in the industry

Eligibility criteria for Vayoshreshta Samman Award for the Aged:

  1. Senior citizens, organizations & Panchayats are eligible for this award
  2. Institutions which study about problems of Old age
  3. Institute who are conducting service to welfare of old age
  4. People above 90 years of age who continue social work
  5. Best mothers who tried hard to bring their children to their destiny
  6. Brave old age people
  7. Service is done by old age people
  8. Old age people who got national/international awards in field of cultural activities
  9. Best panchayats who has worked for welfare of old age people
  10. Old age people working in the field of sports
  11. Old age people working for economic prosperity are eligible for this award

How to apply for Vayoshreshta Samman Award:

  1. The application form is available at District Social Justice Offices or you can download it from the link http://swd.kerala.gov.in/docs/Nomination-Form.pdf
  2. Applicant should fill the application form along with attached all the document
  3. Thereafter, submit the form to the District Social Justice Offices
  4. Selection of Awardee strictly done by the Selection Committee, Social Justice & Empowerment Department

References & Details:

  1. More details about Vayoshreshta Samman Award for the Aged persons visit: http://swd.kerala.gov.in/index.php/social-justice-a-empowerment/award/senior-citizens/273?task=view
  2. Nomination Form for Vayoshrestha Samman: http://swd.kerala.gov.in/docs/Nomination-Form.pdf

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