Winners in each category for Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year – 2019.
Dinkar Tukaram Kamble (Humanitarian a Savior, Kolhapur)
It is rightly said that when "The Going gets Tough" and if have a persistent will power and determination to overcome it.." The Tough gets Going", meet Shri Dinkar Tukaram Kamble who treads a similar less travelled path.
Shri Dinkar Tukaram Kamble who hails from a village called Haladi Kandgaon from Kolhapur District is one among the 6 siblings. All of them used to toil and do all the odd arduous jobs to support their family and make ends meet. One of her sister in Law suffered from hysteria during her pregnancy and had accidently fallen in the partially dug well and unfortunately met a sad demise after being drowned. At such drastic situation no one from the surrounding neighborhood was ready to lend a helping hand and get her out of the well. At such drastic time Shri Dinkar Tukaram Kamble climbed on one of the guava trees took stock of the entire situation and the consequent the logistics of the well and managed to get her sister in law out of the well. At that time he was just 22 years of age.
This incident made him realize that drastic times calls for drastic measures and he willed that he will not let anyone suffer and not let anyone undergo such precarious situations. With this he started to labor on his chosen path to work humanely for mankind and their predicaments.
He was a school dropout and had left the school when he was in 7th Standard. But when he rolled out on this new journey of life foremost he took up a work of lifeguard and simultaneously started a Automobile mechanic work on the nearby footpath. During this passing phase he accomplished his 10th standard education and finally went on to complete his graduation.
He has so immensely dedicated himself to the task of saving the lives of people in critical circumstances that whenever there is a natural calamity be it floods, fire fury, people plunged in deep valleys and gorges or lifting the dead ones strewn in deep mountains due to accidents.. the one name that first comes to mind is of Shri Dinkar Tukaram Kamble. Not only in Kolhapur but across all the districts.. when such a catastrophe strikes hard he leaves all his job at hands and rushes to usher speedy relief to the needy and the helpless. His selfless and service above self approach accords him the title of a savior and a Angel among the police forces, Disaster Management teams and among friends and relatives at large.
Whenever there is an upheaval or some sort of disaster taking place be it road side accidents, Suicides, earthquakes, floods or Landslides like the one that happened in Malin Village, Kunkeshwar and Mahad or stampede in Manderdev sanctum sanctorum or rescuing stranded people in untoward incidents, Shri Dinkar Tukaram Kamble has always taken the first initiative to disseminate relief. He has unconditionally, unflinchingly and tirelessly dedicated himself to this task since the past 28 years without any expectation of any award, monetary consolation or recognition. He has saved lives of more than 650 people during this crusade. He has helped in retrieving more than 4000 dead bodies which had been departed due to natural calamities or massacred due to various reasons. He has even been instrumental to save domestic and wild animals which had fallen prey to various accidents. He has restored the lives of many wild lives which accidently stray in the human habitat and have successfully managed to relocate back to their environment.
While doing all such sane and at times life threatening tasks he has been miraculously saved by the skin of the teeth, from this own death on 9 different occasions. He is predominantly known as a Disaster and Rescue Lifeguard. He is the member of the Kolhapur District Disaster Management Corporation.
Shri Dinkar Tukaram Kamble doesn't stop here, he frequently imparts knowledge on Disaster Management and Rescue training to the students of various schools and colleges across the State. During the range of diverse public events like Kanyagat Mahaparv Kal, Jankalyan Mahagaya, Sindhudurga’s Kurneshwar holy yatra he efficiently plays the lead role of Disaster Management and rescue Manager and leads the entire team of volunteers to ensure that no untoward incident occurs and safety and security is reinstated.
He has undertaken various courses to facilitate these operation like Cuba Rescue Master Driver Course (Australia), NDRF (Pune), Disaster Management, Life Guard, Radar India Personnel Search and Team security to mention a few.
Harshal Subhash Vibhandik, (Dhule)
Born and brought up in Dhule, a small non-descript town in the state of Maharashtra, Harshal Vibhandik is working as an investment banker in New York City since last 11 years.
Harshal left coveted investment banking career to serve the society in tribal areas and dedicated himself to the cause of transforming India's education through digital empowerment and community participation.
In 18 months Harshal visited 100+ villages, addressed 250+ gatherings ( PRERNA SABHA) and successfully completed digital classroom in all 1103 Government Zilla Parishad Schools in tribal areas, to do that Harshal raised more than Rs. 7.5 Cr. from villagers, teachers and NRI friends.
After achieving 100% success in Dhul1e district, Harshal traveled across Maharashtra and addressed District level PRERNA SABHAS in 24 districts. Thousands of teachers and Gramsevaks attended Harshal's Prerna Sabha Digital School Initiative took speed across Maharashtra with the help community, teachers and Gramsevaks participation.
Dr.Rajendra & Dr.Sucheta Dhamne (Mauli Seva Pratisthan Ahamadnagar)
Dr. Rajendra & Sucheta Dhamne are caregivers to destitute women, abandoned to suffer uninhabitable, unlivable & unimaginable conditions. Two caring souls who are Doctors / Caregivers, few recovered patients as caregivers, 6000 sq ft campus, housing 115 destitute women & their 19 children. One NGO - MAULI - (mother of all), today ironically needs (care from all). These women are socially deserted & victims of physical, sexual & mental abuse. They often reach Dr. couple’s place with extreme physical injuries, unwanted pregnancies, impending diseases like TB, HIV, various skin conditions & more.
Ignoring this stark, inhuman reality of destitute’s was not a choice. They instantly rejected & replaced relatively comfortable, thriving medical profession & dedicated themselves to serve this cause through NGO aptly named (Mauli - Mother of all - caretaker of all) “Mauli Seva Prathishthan” established in 1998.
In an absolute life contrast the “Mauli - Mother- in destitute state” needs a caregiver which Dr. couple serves in a selfless & relentless manner.
In their early days the duo have been caregivers to orphans as well.
Unflinchingly they nurse their extreme physical wounds & disabilities, then patiently stabilize their mental state, bring them to harmonize with co recovery women, bond them with social ties in their campus, engage them in day to day activities. Some grow to become caregivers in the same organization.
The path of psychiatric treatment is that of extreme patience. While selflessly serving they have had to face the ruthless reality of laws, bureaucracy, non passionate souls, & social myths. One such instance brought them to setup 5 bedded ICU in their own premises, a OT & pathological lab to operate within low costs.
Such is the dedication & compassion that duo donated their ancestral land (6500 sq fr) located at Shingave Naik on Nagar-Manmad highway & constructed 6000 sq ft shelter which house 115 women & 19 children.
These women’s used to look curiously a “Mangalsutra” wore by Dr.Sucheta and they feel eagerness, women’s used to ask questions about “Mangalsutra”. Dr. Sucheta noted the distress of these women and she himself sacrifice the “Mangalsutra” and decided not to wear the same in future.
Since the children of these women don’t carry an identity in terms of surnames, it becomes impossible to legally adopt them & thus Dr. duo have decided to take care of health, upbringing & education of these children at the Centre.
Dr. has tried to reconnect 35 treated women to their families back however, 5 women returned to Mauli home & 30 women died in mysterious circumstances. Thereafter Dr. never tried to reconnect a fairly rehabilitated women. It’s their permanent home & Dr. duo religiously takes cares till the final rites & journey of their life.
In 2016 Rotary International recognized the work & awarded them One Lakh USD, which the Dr. couple has selflessly allocated to building of a three acre campus with a built up area of 45000 sq ft, projecting to have 600 bedded care centre, children’s home canteen, & self employment engagement premises.
First phase of 15000 sq ft with canteen premises has been completed which shall house approx 150 women.
It will be known as “Mangaon Project”(Modern & Homely Hospital for Psychiatric Women).
At Mauli rejecting a deserted / destitute woman is not a choice. Dr. duo will make it possible to accommodate all worthy admissions.
Sunil Pote (Yuva Mitra, Nashik)
Yuva Mitra : An Institute with exemplary and outstanding Economic and Societal Contribution. “Yuva Mitra” is based in Sinnar taluka of Nashik district which was established in 2001. Sunil Haribhau Pote heads this non-governmental organization (NGO). Yuva Mitra and has spent the better part of the last decade in Sinnar block, mobilizing farmers to make farming more remunerative.
Through Yuva Mitra the excavation of soil from the water reservoirs under the 'desilting' programme has got a big boost in the drought-prone Sinnar, Yeola, Nandgaon and Malegaon talukas in the district with Sir Ratan Tata Trust supporting the same.Under the 'Gaal Mukta Dharan' and 'Gaal Yukta Shivar', Yuva Mitra has removed the silt from the water reservoirs and given it to the farmers for free who can use the mineral rich content in their farms.
Desilting in reservoirs has begun at Sinnar where Yuva Mitra, a local NGO, has joined hands with Tata Trust to provide manpower to pull out the silt from the dams and take it to farms. The trust has provided earth movers in Sinnar to get this task implemented.
"The drought-prone Sinnar taluka has benefited immensely from the programme. In all, 720 million cubic feet (mcft) of water has been effectively stored in the reservoirs after 20.4 lakh cubic metres of silt has been removed from five storages," Yuva Mitra particularly work with key sections of the society, namely children, youth, women and farmers.
Awards & Accolades: Vasundhara Sanman by Kirloskar, Praj Maha Entrepreneurship Award 2012; Zee Ananya Sanman 2012; Excellence in Innovation Award 2012; Youth Icon 2014 and Mahindra Samrudhi Awards, Excellence in Innovation 2012 to name a few.
Shantilal Muttha (Social Entrepreneur, Pune)
Shantilal Muttha is a social entrepreneur committed to his work in the development sector for last 30 years. Having risen from extremely humble origins, he realized the infinite power of entrepreneurship to sow the seeds for positive change and transformation in society.
A graduate from the BMCC, Pune, Mr. Muttha is a self -made man, who gave up his flourishing business of real estate at the young age of 31, to pursue his heart's calling. He founded the Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana (BJS) in 1985 as a non-political, secular, non-profit organization with a vision ‘to collectively contribute towards nation building through a holistic development of the society'. His work almost always involves a three step process of first identifying an issue of national concern, then devising an appropriate solution by remaining outside of the government system, demonstrating proof of concept by successful implementation and thereafter, offering it to the government as a replicable, scalable model at absolutely no cost. He has thus, extensively led nation- wide programmes in the area of social development, school educational quality improvement, values education and disaster response. Under his visionary leadership BJS has received accolades for its stellar work from organizations and individuals of national and international repute.
His work in the social sphere has earned him the recognition of being one of the pioneers of the unconventional concept of 'mass weddings' which is now widely prevalent even in other communities throughout India.
Every social work initiated by him, empowerment of girl child, eradication of the perils of social customs like dowry and female foeticide, plastic surgery camps for those born with cleft lip and palate, has transitioned from being event based to eventually becoming a social movement.
He made his foray into disaster rescue, relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of the Latur earthquake in 1993. Mr. Muttha has changed the lives of thousands of children affected by disasters all over India. He established the Wagholi Educational Rehabilitation Centre (WERC), Pune to address this concern and has been instrumental in shaping the futures of around 4000 children, includes 1200 children brought from Latur-Osmanabad earthquake affected areas in 1993 and then children from the tribal, malnourished belts of Melghat and Kosbad in Maharashtra every year. More recently around 500 children from families of suicide farmers of Marathwada region were brought to WERC for educational rehabilitation.
Mr. Muttha channeled most of his energies towards education after 2002. His varied experiences of the last 17 years of work from 1985-2002 in social reform and disaster response convinced him that education is the panacea for all social evils and the key to empowerment of an entire community and the society at large. Hence, improvement in the quality of school education has become the pivotal point of his educational initiatives. Under his guidance BJS designed and implemented a basket of programmes under Educational Quality Improvement Programme (EDUQIP) in over 4000 government and private schools pan-India. Realising the immediate need for a comprehensive progamme on values education, he focused his attention towards developing a values education programme namely 'Mulyavardhan'. This programme was evolved through six years (2009-2015) of experimentation in 450 government primary schools.
Mr. Muttha has recently founded another non-profit organization Shantilal Muttha Foundation (SMF) to exclusively work for large scale programmes for school educational quality improvement and Mulyavardhan. He aims to leverage his resources and his rapport with the government authorities, seek the right kind of expertise, establish strategic partnerships with national and international consultants, advisors and agencies to push this forward. Government of Maharashtra and Government of Goa have decided to implement Mulyavardhan in Government primary schools as their own programme and signed an MoU with SMF for technical support in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Mulyavardhan is being implemented in nearly 20000 Government primary schools covering 50,000 teachers and 1mn children across Maharashtra and Goa states. This programme is going to be expanded to all Primary schools (nearly 67000 Govt. primary schools) across both states in next two years.
Mr. Muttha’s work has won him appreciation and widespread recognition. He received the National Youth Award (established to honor the memory of the late Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi) in 1992 from the Indian Institute of Youth Affairs. In 1998 His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, presented Mr. Shantilal Muttha the Diwaliben Mohanlal Mehta Award instituted by the Diwaliben Mohanlal Charitable Trust. He has also been conferred upon with several Lifetime Achievement Awards from renowned organizations over last few years. He was honoured with the 'Jeevan Sadhna Gaurav Puraskar 2016' by Savitribai Phule Pune University. During 2017, he received Maharashtra Bhushan (Jan, 2017) from Governor, Government of Maharashtra, ABP Maza Krutadnyata Puraskar (Jul, 2017) Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award-2017 (Nov,2017) from Hon'ble President of India.
Arya Ambekar -'Te Sadhya Kai Karte', Rudhyat Waje Something' (Singer)
Arya Ambekar was first noticed in the reality show - Saregama. With
her mellifluous voice and musical skill she first reached the final
round and later the finale. He voice is sweet and was loved by
the audience. Arya began taking classical vocal lessons from her
mother when she was five-and-half years old and took her first exam in
music when she was six years old. Arya has cut several albums and sung
songs for some Marathi films and plays and has made her mark in the
music world. She has been praised by top artistes for her voice and
ear for music. She has effectively sung songs in various genres like
classical, drama, religious, folk, Marathi and Hindi film songs etc.
Along with singing, Arya has also proved her acting skills.
She began her career through 'Te Sadhya Kai Karte', which was screened
in the beginning of 2017. Her song 'Rudhyat Waje Something' was a hit.
As this song in Marathi contained some English words, the audience
loved it. The significant part is that the song has been picturised
upon Arya Ambekar and Abhinay Bendre. The song has been written by
Vishvajeet Joshi and Shrirang Godbole.
Avadhoot Gupte - 'Boys' - Music Director
Avadhoot Gupte is a famous singer, music director and also a
successful film producer and director. He achieved fame through 'Meri
Madhubala' and 'Jai Jai Maharashtra Maza'. He is now among the
successful singers and directors of Marathi films. Along with Marathi
songs, he has also sung Hindi songs and cut an independent album.
Avadhoot has anchored programmes on the small screen and is also a
judge in some of them.
He entered the music world as a singer and music director through his
album 'Paus'. Later he released an album 'Aika Dajiba' along with
Vaishali Samant. This album was an unprecedented hit and Avadhoot has never looked back since then.
As a music director Avadhoot gave an excellent score for the film
'Boys'. All the songs like 'Jeevana', 'Lagnalu' and others were hits.
The song 'Lagnalu' portrays the budding romance in the hearts of
Avadhoot has penned this song and provided the music for this song
about teenagers taking their first steps in college. All the songs
were appreciated in this film, which has major roles by Parth
Bhalerao, Sumant Shinde and Prateek Lad. The music and song was
appreciated and praised by the youth.
Shiamak Davar - 'Rhudayantar'- (Choreography)
Shiamak Davar has Choreographed songs for 'Dil to Pagal Hai, Taal,
Kisna, Banti Aur Babli, Dhoom 2, Tare Jameen Par, Yuvraj, Raab Ne Bana
Di Jodi, Jagga Jasoos and others. Shiamak is considered to be among
the finest choreographers in Bollywood. After working as a
choreographer in Bollywood for three decades, Shiamak turned towards
Marathi films. He directed the dance in the film 'Rhudayantar'. It was
the title song in the film by Fashion Designer-Director Vikram Fadnis. Shiamak Davar and Vikram Fadnis have been friends for several years and it finally made Shiamak enter the Marathi Film Industry through Fadnis' film. 'Rhudayantar' is a tearjerker and has major performances by Mukta Barve, Subodh Bhave and Sonali Khare. Shiamak has Choreographed the climax song in the film. This is only a musical song but has touched the hearts of the audience. Shiamak too is in the song and his dance has captured the spectators.
Shreya Ghoshal - 'Deva', 'Roz Roz Navayane' (Singer)
Shreya Ghoshal entered Bollywood with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film 'Devdas'. She beautifully sang her first song 'Dola Re'. After this
she never had to look back. She has sung top songs in Hindi and
Marathi films. She can capably sing songs in any genre. She is
presently considered among the best singers in Bollywood and has
bagged many awards.
Shreya's song 'Roz Roz Navyane' in the film 'Deva' received a
tremendous response. She sang this romantic duet with Sonu Nigam.
This song which takes one trough a musical romantic odyssey, has been
written by Kshitij Patwardhan while music has been provided by music
director Amitraj. This song as become a cult with lovers. The song
has been well received an has been picturised upon Ankush Choudhary and Tejaswini Pandit.
The film revolves around the love story of Maya and Deva. Maya is a
writer while Deva is a colourful character. Maya too is a colourful
character. She does not plan anything. She is constantly on the move
and searching for novelty. Shreya has brought out Maya's colourful
personality through her voice.
Swapnil Bandodkar - 'Rhudayantar', 'Vate Vari' (Singer)
Swapnil Bandodkar has sung several hit songs in films like Radha he
Bavri, Galavar Khali, Olya Sanjveli Unhe, Mala Ved Laglay Premache
and others. His songs in Chasme Baddoor, Photo Copy, Jabardast, Zenda,
Sharyat, Mitba have become famous. Various albums cut by Swapnil have
been acclaimed by people. Swapnil has also sung the title song of film
'Waadalvaat'. He is now considered among the top successful Marathi film
Swapnil has sung the song 'Vate Vari' in the film 'Rhudayantar'. The
film picturises the dictum that real happiness can be experienced only
after going through sorrow in life. The film is a tear-jerker and has the capability of touching the hearts of the cinegoers. The film revolves around four persons in a family. It depicts the motions, relationships and touches the heart. The song 'Vate Vari' in this film makes one touchy and has created a spot in the audience's hearts.
Miss Aakanksha Shreenath Hagawane :
It is indeed an unbelievable experience to go through the bio data of Aakanksha – she started playing on ‘District level’ since 2007, when she was just a toddler and started winning each and every tournament, she participated! In 2017. 2017 : Two Gold medals at the Asian Youth Tournament in the Under 18 Girls category. (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), Gold medal at the Commonwealth Championship in the Under 18 Girls category. (New Delhi, India) and she was the Winner in Women’s category at the 47th Bosna International Open Chess Championship. Also secured first Woman Grandmaster norm. (Bosna, Bosnia and Herzegovina). It was a fitting recognition to Aakanksha to get the Maharashtra State’s highest sporting award – “Shiv Chhatrapati Award” for the year 2016 – 17.
To sum up, she has won District Championships + State Championships in Under 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19 years – means ALL AGE GROUPS! Also, she has to her credit the honour of District Championship in Under 19 age group for BOY’s!! This performance is exceptional and very difficult to emulate. Aakanksha has won 3 National Championships – Under 13, 15 and 17 and now will be a major contender for Senior National Championship.
As far as International medals are concerned, she has won 8 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals! These include the supreme performances of winning WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN UNDER 16, 3 consecutive Gold medals in Commonwealth as well as in ASIAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Aakanksha has proved her strength by winning many “Open Rapid Championships” when many senior and higher rated players have participated – again a remarkable achievement.
And again here as well, Aakanksha became the YOUNGEST CHESS PLAYER of Maharashtra to win this award!
Aakanksha has been equally good in her academics – she secured 87% in her SSC Board exams – despite being away from School for almost 7, 8 months!
Mr. Aniket Jadhav
Aniket Jadhav from Kolhapur, Maharashtra was a part of India’s U-17 World Cup squad. He has already scored many crucial goals for the country so far. Born in 2000, Jadhav is physically strong having all the attributes of a poacher and can play with both feet. Growing up in a football crazy Kolhapur, Aniket Jadhav started training at his school Krida Prabodhini in Pune at a young age. Not being picked in the U-14 squad couldn’t do much to hold the young footballer back. He joined Pune FC’s under-15 team and eventually became the only player from Maharashtra in India’s Under-17 squad. Jadhav was selected as a striker from a trial in Mumbai. In fact, he had started playing as a left-back and had auditioned as a left-winger.
In 2010, Aniket’s dream had a minor setback when he was omitted from the state under-14 team for a tournament. However, encouragement from his coach made him “vow to give his best to be selected in the team the following year”. The same year he was among the 10 players who were picked by former Germany and Bayern Munich legend Paul Brietner to represent India at the FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup.
He was inducted in I-League team Pune FC’s Under-15 squad and subsequently played in their Under-17 and Under-19 teams.
In the year 2015 Aniket was selected in the under 15 team of India. On 1st Sept. 2015 U-17 World cup Aniket scored a hat trick against Australia. On 23rd Feb. 2016 while playing against Super Sports United , South Africa U-19 Aniket has a Lions Share to win victory for India.
He has represented India in 2016 International Youth Football Competition and Asia Youth Cup and had gain accolades for his stellar performance. This performance further made him achieve a position in U-17 World cup. Despite such fanfare at a young age, Jadhav is not getting carried away and keeps his feet firmly on the ground and attention focused on the field.
A girl from Guragaon Heena Siddhu is noe known all over India as 'Daughter in Law of Mumbai' and her spaecial skills in Shooting. A sparkling gem Heena siddhu seen as the probable medal winner of India in upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics. In 2014 She Secured First Place in World Ranking of Pistol Shooting and was became the first Indian to do this record. In 2013 World Cup tournament she win gold for India. This was first Eorld cup gold for India in pistol.
By profession Heena is dentist, but the environment of her home is fully engrossed in Sports. Her father as well as her brother is also A national Shooter. As a result she has also followed the same path. After getting married with Mumbaikar Shooter Raunak Pandit she shifted to Mumbai.
Heena won many medal for India in various tournament like World Cup (2 gold), Commonwealt (2 gold) and Asian Shooting (1 gold). Currently she working hard for upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
In 2006 Heena started Shooting. She firstly remarkable in National Jr. tournament. Then she started to gave a tough fight to Sr. Shooters of India and also Beat them in various tournament. It was starting point of her journey. In London (2012) She was participate of India team in Olympic. But unfortunately not able to show the expected. But then after practicing hard for one year she came back with more confident and achieve podium in World cup as well as many other International tournaments.
Mr. Rajneesh Gurbani, The speed- star of Vidarbha..
They say the virtues start showing themselves quite early in the phase of life. Rajneesh Gurbani, the pacer from the Vidarbha Ranji team who played a yeoman's role in Vidarbha's Ranji triumph this year with his exemplary bowling performances including his hat-trick is indeed the next big thing in the Indian cricketing circuit. Being a potent fast bowler, he has also achieved laurels in athletics, basketball and badminton in the early years. Having completed his primary education in Mumbai, he had to move to Nagpur along with his family where he completed his engineering and nurtured his passion for cricket. Bowling at an average pace of not less than 135 km/hour with an ability to swing the ball both ways, he has scalped 12 wickets against Karnataka in the Ranji semi-final and a hat-trick in the all-important final against the mighty Delhi team. Ace Indian pacer Umesh Yadav has also praised his prodigious talent and stated that Rajneesh shall spearhead the Indian pace attack in the not too distant future.
With the all-important tours of England and Australia coming up for the Indian team, the Indian team management is on the lookout for pacers such as Rajneesh Gurbani who are not afraid of pitching the ball up and short as the case may be in seaming and swinging conditions where taking 20 scalps could be a game-changing ability which Rajneesh has aplenty in him.
Mr. Prithvi Shaw
The rising star of India's cricketing circuit Prithvi Shaw has indeed taken the world by storm with his performance. He has also represented India U 19, at the recently held U 19 World Cup in New Zealand.
Prithvi came in the Iight during the Harris Shield inter-school tournament with his record stand of 546 runs in 330 balls.
He has been since compared with the little master Sachin Tendulkar and has represented Mumbai in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy with his debut. He also stormed the charts with his century in the Duleep Trophy equalling the record of Tendulkar.
Prithvi was also a central figure in the documentary film
Beyond All Boundries and has been selected to travel to England twice for his further studies.
Dr. Abdul Majid, Neurologist, Aurangabad
Dr. Abdul Majid comes from a humble background having completed his schooling in Marathi medium. He had an exemplary academic career from SSC to DM in Neurology from KEM Hospital Mumbai .
His professional career started with Neurology OPD practice and has progressed to a full fledged 100 bedded Superspeciality Hospital providing affordable and easily accessible Superspeciality care with personal touch. He and his team is one of the best examples of a secular team of doctors working in harmony with the motto of "Together we Win".
He handles patients from all over Maharashtra and adjoining states . He has done more than 5 lakh consultations over the last 18 years. He is known for his simplicity and honesty . His OPD works on a unique concept of "No Fixed Rate" helping the poorest of the society also to get Neurology consultation . He not only treats the patients but also helps them to get rid of their bad habits by changing the concept of 'Across the Table' to 'Beside the Patient' .
He works towards increasing the awareness of Neurology and Humanity in the masses and GPs. He has written many poems in Marathi and Urdu .
In a nutshell , Dr. Abdul Majid is a Neurologist , Poet , Orator and Social Reformer , a truly multifaceted personality.
Dr. Anant Joshi, Sports Medicine, Mumbai
Dr. Anant Joshi and orthopedic specialization go together, for the very simple reason that he has earned the distinction of being one of the best orthopedicians in Mumbai. Dr. Joshi, who specializes in the field of Arthroscopy and sports medicine, is an avid and passionate sportsman himself and travels all over the country.
Dr. Joshi, who is also a consultant at the famous Lilavati Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai, has his practice at Sportsmed Clinic, Parel, Mumbai. The clinic deals with diagnosis and treatment of problems related to Rheumatology, spine, and sports injuries, and specializes in pain management. One of the unique features of his clinic is the facility for musculoskeletal imaging, Arthroscopy, and rehabilitation. Dr. Joshi, who has been associated with numerous sports bodies as a medical consultant, is an expert in ankle, shoulder, and knee problems. Dr. Joshi, who has more than 28 years of experience, is well-known as Sachin Tendulkar’s doctor and is a consultant to the BCCI on sporting injuries.
Dr. Chaitanyanand. B. Koppiker, Breast cancer specialist
Dr. Koppikar has completed M.B.B.S,1982 at University of Pune and MS (General Surgery) in 1986. He established a comprehensive breast clinic at Orchids Breast Health with Digital Mammography and ABVS. He is now the trainer for reconstructive breast surgery with Implants for Mentor India. Have trained several surgeons from India on Oncoplastic and reconstructive breast surgery. He established Comprehensive cancer services for the first time in Pune at the M. N. Budhrani Cancer Hospital and then at Jehangir hospital. As Director Ruby Hall Cancer center he established protocols and helped set up the center in the first year of its commissioning. He established “Breast Cancer Unit” Have been trained in and have performed biopsies using guided procedures – trucut and Mammotome biopsies since the last 3 yrs. The mammotome is a computer-guided probe to perform breast biopsies. He established protocol for “ACCELERATED PARTIAL BREAST IRRADIATION”. Have Accrued 35 patients for the same in the last 2 years. He has performed and established a protocol for Conservative CA Breast surgeries since 1994 and have performed more than 1000 such procedures till date. He has performed sentinel Node biopsy procedures since the last 3 years after validating my self through completion axillary clearance in the 1st 30 cases. He has expertise in establishing Cryotherapy, Radiofrequency ablation and Hepatic artery catheterisation facilitie.
Dr Jai Deshmukh,ENT Specialist,Nagpur
“A doctor's job is very ‘simple’ - Treat and comfort the patient,” says Dr Jai Deshmukh, top ENT surgeon and award winning professor. For him 'simple' means checking over 125 patients and working 14 hours daily.
On Dhamma Chakra Day, Dr Deshmukh provides free diagnosis and treatment to patients in Nagpur. Since one-and-a-half years he is a columnist for Lokmat. He regularly holds medical camps in schools and colleges and has written numerous papers in medical journals.
“Come into the medical profession only if you revere humanity. Earn money, but it should not be your goal," says Deshmukh, who is a role model for many medical students.
He has plans to start ambulances, special classes for teaching allopathic treatment to Ayurvedic Vaidyas, nursing training to youth in Gadchiroli district etc.
Dr Deshmukh was born in a brilliant and highly educated family. His father M G Deshmukh is the first PhD holder from Nagpur University while his mother Usha Deshmukh is also a doctorate and has written books.
Dr Deshmukh completed his MBBS and MD in ENT. He was offered jobs in Mumbai but preferred to start his own practice. He also worked for a while in a hospital and started his 2 bed hospital after which there was no looking back.
Dr. Milind Kirtane, ENT Specialist, Mumbai
Milind Kirtane, a Maharashtrian by birth, secured a Master's degree (MS) in Otorhinolaryngology from King Edward Johns Memorial Hospital and Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College, where he is an honorary surgeon and Professor Emeritus. He specializes in cochlear implants, endoscopic sinus surgery, and neurotology. He is a Consultant ENT surgeon at various hospitals such as Breach Candy Hospital, Safaiee Hospital and P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre]] in Mumbai. He has performed over 2300 cochlear implant surgeries. He is credited with the first cochlear implant surgery in Mumbai.
Kirtane, a 2005 winner of the B. C. Roy Award from the Government of India and an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, holds many position of importance. He is the founder President of the Sinus Endoscopic Society of India and one of the founders of the Indian Society of Otology and the Indian Society of Laryngology. He is a member and a former President of the Association of Otolaryngologists of India. Kirtane was the first person from India to be elected to the Barany Society, Sweden (1983) and holds memberships in the Neurotological and Equilibriometric Society of India, 4-G Forschung, Germany and American Rhinologic Society. He sits in the editorial boards of Neurotological and Equilibriometric Society International, International Tinnitus Journal, ISRN Otolaryngology and Archives for Sensology and Neurootology in Science and Practice (ASN)
Atul Parchure (Amhi ani Aamche Baap)
Though Atul Parchure has essayed different roles uptill now, the entire Maharashtra heaped accolades on him for his role of celebrated writer Pu La Deshpande. May be Atul does not want to remain away from this role. In the drama Amhi ani Aamche Baap, the role of Pu La is a common link. Through his role in this drama, Atul Parchure has reminded us how Pu La Deshpande and Acharya Atre have enriched the Marathi language. He has made an amazing display of acting as well as dramatic reading in this drama. The excellent mix of accurate dialogue delivery, excellent timing and promising body language has proved to be a specialty of this role.
Bharat Jadhav (Welcome Jindgi)
Once you are branded as a comic actor, it is difficult for even the best of the actors to remove this tag. And the roles played by genius called Bharat Jadhav have become synonymous with comedy. However, the actor seen in different roles may not be the same in real life also. Through his role in Welcome Jindgi, Bharat Jadhav gives us proof of this. His role in this drama can be an example of how a comedian can play a serious role capably. During the early days of his acting career, Bharat Jadhav was seen in a serious role in the drama Adhantar. His role in the Welcome Jindgi is equally amazing. Bharat has played the role of a 75-year-old with elan.
Chandrakant Kulkarni (Trilogy)
Chandrakant Kulkarni has done an amazing experiment of Trilogy by combining three dramas of veteran drama writer Mahesh Elkunchwar - Wada Chirebandi, Magna Talyakathi and Yugant. A team of 25 artists presents this eight-hour drama which has four intervals. Moreover, three separate shows of the same drama are also being staged. The trilogy of this kind is being made for the first time not only in Maharashtra but in whole India. The credit for presenting on stage this trilogy hidden in the pages of script goes to director Chandrakant Kulkarni. By staging the shows of these three dramas in Maharashtra, he took this trilogy to the drama lovers. He also accepted the difficult challenge of staging three consecutive shows of the trilogy and successfully fulfilled it with the support of the drama lovers. Will the audience sit in the auditorium for nine consecutive hours? This question was answered by the drama lovers themselves making the shows of the trilogy houseful. The skill of the director and excellent selection of actors mean that the trilogy became popular in no time. Of course, the credit goes to the team of actors but the way Chandrakant Kulkarni as a director has put together the team is indeed commendable. This is a novel experiment in Marathi drama.
Makrand Anaspure (Ulatsulat)
It is difficult to co-relate the role in the drama with the real life. However, some artists achieve this effortlessly. Makrand Anaspure is doing invaluable work for farmers from Maharashtra through Naam Foundation. In the drama Ulatsulat he is essaying a similar role thereby blending the social work in real life through acting on the stage. Mindful that a lot can be told to society through a work of art, Makrand Anaspure has used this role effectively. Typecast as a comedian, Makrand Anaspure has played a very sensitive and serious role forcing us to do away with the tag of comic actor attached to him.
Sanjay Mone (9 Koti 57 lakh)
It has been seen that Sanjay Mone is not only a good actor but also a good writer. In the drama 9 Koti 57 lakh he has ably handled both these responsibilities. He has played this light comic role quite effectively. Considering the genre of the drama, he has enacted this role in his distinct style. However, his efforts in writing are superior here than his acting skills. In this comic drama, there are many scenes, one better than another. Mone has brought about this synergy effortlessly. May it be confusion in names or relationships, he has blended it with perfection. His excellent comic sense means that he is successful in bringing about laughter through his witty and satirical writing.
Ms. Atisha Naik (Ashihi Shyamchi Aai)
There are occasions when some actors suddenly get roles which test their acting skills. The mother that Atisha Naik plays in the drama Ashihi Shyamchi Aai is one such role. The word mother conjures up a certain image in front of our eyes. Atisha has played superbly the role which breaks this stereotypical image. She is the mother who suffers from sudden convulsions, abuses her own son and behaves like children. However, the reason behind this strange behaviour is the disease she is suffering from. Through the body gestures she has presented with great details incoherent behaviour and speech. The role, which strikes a balance between mental and physical levels, succeeds in holding attention of the audience.
सिकांना नकळत बांधून ठेवण्यात यशस्वी झाली आहे.
Ms. Purva Pawar (Yugant)
One remembers Purva Pawar's role as the lone female character in the drama Yugant, the last of the trilogy of the dramas. Though there is less focus on her role compared to other characters, she has added true colours in the scenes that came her way. Purva has less number of dialogues but she has handled the role excellently through her strong stage presence.
Ms. Rutuja Bagve (Ananya)
Artists' quest for good role never ends. They keep dreaming about landing a role which will prove as a milestone in their careers. In cases of some of the actors this dream indeed comes true. Rutuja Bagve's role in the drama Ananya is a good example of this. This very ambitious girl in the drama suddenly faces an upheaval in the life. Her very existence is at the stake. Initially, she becomes frustrated but in one moment a flame of determination is kindled in her. The entire change in the life of the character has been shown by Rutuja with great efforts. For this role, she had even obtained training for some days. Ananya has come alive on the stage through such preparations.
Ms. Sulekha Talwalkar (9 Koti 57 Lakh)
In the comic dramas, it is essential that the actor knows what is expected of him. While enacting these kinds of role, the meaning of the dialogue can change completely if the actor loses balance even slightly. By keeping this in mind, Sulekha Talwalkar has portrayed her role with great effect. She has confidently walked the tightrope walk that one has to while playing a role in a comic drama. There is no alternative to accurate timing while working in a comedy drama. Sulekha Talwalkar has added colours to this role through her excellent timing. She has excellently created the chaos that is expected of her role.
Ms. Shubhangi Sadavarte/Mansi Joshi (Sangeet Devbabhali)
Actresses Shubhangi Sadavarte and Mansi Joshi have demonstrated how beautiful acting can be through their role in the drama Sangeet Devbabhali. Shubhangi Sadavarte plays the role of Avali of Sant Tukaram and Mansi Joshi is Rukhmai of Vitthal setting an ideal example of superb acting skills. Both actresses possess huge confidence, command over prose as well as songs and the skill to play the given characters with great effect. The duel of dialogues of the two actresses gives one a true experience of watching a good drama.
Mr. Amey Wagh, Faster Fene, Acting
Amey Wagh has become a darling of the young generation. Everybody is crazy about his acting skills. He has portrayed different roles in films like Faster Fene, Muramba, Shutter and Popat. The journey of Wagh to silver screen is quite fascinating. He began his career from dramas. As a child artist, he played roles in different dramas and graduated into featuring in inter-collegiate drama competitions. He then made an entry on the professional drama stage and later bagged roles in big serials and cinemas by the dint of his acting skills. The serial Dil Dosti Duniyadari gave Amey a different identity. He was recognised as a good actor opening the doors of Marathi film industry for him. It will not be wrong to say that Amey Wagh hit a jackpot with Faster Fene. The story of this film was old but Amey bought newness in it thanks to his superb acting. He played the role of a college student Banya. He met a bright student in the examination hall but next day, he reads in the newspaper that this student had committed suicide. He feels that that the boy cannot commit suicide. He starts investigating and finds many loopholes in the education system. We get to see how Faster Fene bares all these anomalies in front of the people. In the role of Banya – who has investigative nature, Amey stole the show. The role has been appreciated by all. It is difficult to believe that this is the first movie of Amey.
Mr. Lalit Prabhakar- Chi Va Chi Sau Ka (Acting)
Lalit Prabhakar is best known for his role in the popular Marathi daily soap ‘Julun Yeti Reshimgathi’. After getting overwhelming success in the TV industry, he turned to films. Lalit’s debut film as main actor is ‘Chi Va Chi Sau Ka’. His role in this movie was liked by one and all. The story of the film moves around main characters Savitri and Satyaprakash. Savitri is a vegan who works as a veterinarian at an animal shelter and Satyaprakash is an electrical engineer and environment lover. Both are firm on their thoughts and busy in their respective fields. Still, bowing to insistence from their respective families they meet each other to assess how good life partners they will be. Satyaprakash and Savitri learn that their friends who were madly in love with each other could not prolong their marriage beyond a month. So, they put a condition before their families that they would live with each other for a month before marriage. After this, their friends and families go through a series of funny situations. In the film, one can see the chaos that follows after both start living together. Lalit Prabhakar has enacted the role of Satyaprakash very well. This is Lalit Prabhakar’s first movie but still he won the hearts of movie buffs with his acting.
Mr. Prasad Oak, Kaccha Limbu, Director
Actor Prasad Oak has displayed his acting skill in cinemas, television serials and dramas. But along with being a good actor and director, Prasad is also an accomplished writer and a fine singer and has fabulous anchoring skills. His serials like Saudamini, Gharkul, Char Divas Sasuche, Avghachi Sansar, Pimpal Pan, Honar Sun Mi Hya Gharchi and Fulpakhru have entertained the Marathi audience for years. His diverse acting talent has won the hearts of audience. After achieving success in show business, he turned his attention to direction. Oak along with his friend Pushkar Shrotri directed a comedy movie 'Hay Kay Nay Kay'. In the meantime, Prasad got busy in movies and had to turn away from direction. But once again, he has donned the mantle of a director and made the movie 'Kaccha Limbu' based on a novel 'Runanubandh' penned by celebrated writer Jaywant Dalwi. The movie that was based on an unusual subject received tremendous response from the audience and earned accolades for Oak as a good director in the Marathi film industry. The story of Kaccha Limbu is based on a middleclass couple living in the Girgaon Chawl in Mumbai. The movie shows the couple’s struggle to bring up their mentally challenged son called Bachchu. The couple is trying to deal with the web of relationships at various levels. We can see the fabulous direction skills of Prasad Oak in the movie.
Mr. Sachin Khedekar, Baapjanma (Acting)
Sachin Khedekar has played many good roles not only in Marathi movies but also in TV serials. He became popular for his roles in Hindi TV serials like Sailab, Thoda Hai Thode Ki Jarurat Hai and Teacher. His roles in Marathi movies like Aapali Manase, Chimani Pakhare, Lalbaugh Parel, Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho, Kaksparsha, Fakt Ladh Mhana and Me Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy are memorable and set extremely high standards of acting. Today, he has carved a niche for himself in Bollywood.
His role in movie Baapjanma is very interesting. Though he has played similar roles in many other movies, one can see a different Sachin in this movie. He is playing the role of a father who has become estranged from his sons. This movie is a story of the father-son relationship presented in an interesting way. Sachin Khedekar is playing Bhaskar Pandit who leads his life alone following his wife's death. He is not in touch with his two sons. Pandit comes to know that he had contracted cancer and was going to die in a year. His heart is craving to meet his sons and he contacts them, but does not get encouraging response. Then, he pretends to be dead and observes what happens after his death through CCTV cameras. The cinema lovers have admired Sachin Khedekar for his touching and great role of a father.
Mr. Sumeet Raghavan, Aapla Manus, Acting
Sumeet Raghavan started his career in films with the movie Faster Fene, way back in 1983. Earlier, he had performed in television serials like Hudd Kardi Aapne and Tu Tu Main Main. However, he shot to limelight for his role of Sahil in the serial Sarabhai versus Sarabhai. He also essayed good roles in Hindi films like My Name is Khan and Holiday. Sumeet also played many qualitative roles in Marathi films.
Sumeet played the role of Rahul in the film Aapla Manus. Rahul’s father meets with an accident. The crime officer Nagargoje is entrusted with the responsibility of conducting an inquiry into the accident. He calls Rahul and his wife so as to know the details of happenings which had taken place on the night of accident. Nagargoje reaches upon the conclusion that Rahul’s father had either committed suicide or Rahul or his wife murdered the old man. During investigations, the crime officer Nagargoje learns about the complexity in the relationship between father-son and daughter
in-law. We could see the bitterness in their relationship and efforts of Nagargoje to remove it. Today’s generation does not have time to spend with the parents. In the last phase of the life, the parents are more interested in children speaking with them affectionately than offering them money. The film conveys the message that we should spare time with parents. The audience loved the role of Rahul essayed by Sumeet and applauded him. He instilled life into the role through his acting and body language.
Ashvini Bhave - 'Dhyanimani' (Acting)
Ashvini Bhave has given memorable performances in 'Shahbas Sunbai,
Sarkarnama, Ashi he Banwabanwi' and many other films. She has also been
praised for her acting in Hindi films like 'Heena' and 'Sainik'. Her
song 'Ajave Mahi' is picturised in 'Heena' by R K Banners and has
become memorable. Ashvini has created a niche not only in Marathi
films but also in Bollywood. Ashvini Bhave settled in USA after her
marriage and her appearance in films reduced significantly. Now Ashvini is
very selective about her roles.
Ashvini plays the role of Shalu Pathak in the film 'Dhyanimani'. This
is a psychological thriller and is based on director Chandrakant
Kulkarni's play 'Dhawnimani'. Every couple wants a biological child.
When a woman cannot conceive and cannot reach motherhood, there are
several changes in her personality and thinking process. The film
depicts this issue. Ashvini gave a good performance as the mother
Shalu, who frets and murmurs when her son is late from a school
Nirmiti Sawant - 'Mala kahich Problem Nahi' -Acting
From 'Gangubai Nonmatric' to 'Jau Bai Jorat', Nirmiti Sawant has kept
filmophiles laughing and has portrayed many comedy roles. She is known
for her colourful comedy roles in Jau Bai Jorat, Chukbhul Dyavi
Ghaive, Plays like Shri Bai Samarth, Kumari Gangubai Nonmatric and Jadu
Bai Jorat. She has also performed comedy roles in Bindhast, Navra Maza
Navsacha, Kai Dyayche Bola, Khabardar, Aiyya, Chal Dhar Pakad etc.
The film 'Mala Kahich Problem Nahi', deals with the problems faced by the
youth, who carelessly state that they have no problems, and how they
themselves can solve them. Nirmiti has played the role of a woman
living in Nagpur. As she is from the Konkan region, Nirmiti had to
work hard to play this character. She recorded the entire script over
telephone from her friend to learn the accent and tone of Varhadi dialect. She listened to the recording, studied it and her dialogue in
the film endeared her to the audience.
Puja Sawant, 'Bhetli tu Punha' (Acting)
Puja Sawant, who began her career through film 'Kshanbhar Vishranti'
has managed to achieve success in a very short time. Her role in the
film 'Zhakas' endeared her to spectators and she was noted among the
most loved Marathi actresses' list. With Satrangi Re, Poster Boys,
Gondan, Sangto Aika, Dagdi chawl, Vrundavan, Cheater, Love Express and
Bhetli tu Punha, Puja made her mark.
It is said that if we like someone, it is love at first sight. At the
first meeting, lifelong relations are created. A lot has been written
and spoken about love at first sight. While it is said that a person
loves only once, the magic of a person falling in love for the second
time can be experienced in the film 'Bhetli tu Punha'. Puja Sawant has
played the role of Ashvini Sarang. Open hearted Ashvini is seen
frolicking and having fun in the film. Puja portrayed the headstrong,
open hearted Ashvini and showed the spectators a different facet of her talent.
Sonali Kulkarni (Senior), Gulabjam, Actor
Sonali Kulkarni has given outstanding performances in several Marathi and Hindi films. With her powerful performances and excellent
acting, she has carved out a separate niche for herself not just in Marathi films but also Hindi as well. She has also given beautiful performances in Dil Chahata Hai, Mission Kashmir, Singham, while her acting was lavishly praised in Dr Prakash Baba Amte, Aga Bai Arrecha 2, Deool and Pune 52.
The film 'Gulabjam' is a story of Aditya, who comes to Pune to learn
to cook Maharashtrian food and Radhi who prepares tiffins. Radha is an
introvert with very less contact with the outside world. Aditya wants
Radha to teach him cooking. Though she is reluctant, Aditya manages to
persuade her. While the learning process is on, Aditya and Radha come
close and a beautiful friendship blossoms. Both have a past. And both
have hidden it from others. However after sometime, they begin sharing their
secrets with each other. The film has excellently managed to show how their relations change over time.
Sonali has effectively portrayed the role of an introverted character engrossed
in her own world. While her acting gave impetus to the film, her
character reached the hearts of the spectators.
Sumitra Bhave, 'Kasav' Director
With may artistic works including 15 films, 60 to 70 short films and 5 Doordarshan serials, Sumitra Bhave has given memorable films like Doghi,
Jindagi Jindabad, Sahita, Astu and Kasav. Her Film ‘Kasav’
received the Golden Lotus award during the 64th National Film Awards
In this hectic life we do not get time to care for our physical and
mental health, which has given rise to depression. The film 'Kasav' is
based upon this phenomenon. Though dialogues are less, the
director has managed to present the scenes through acting talents of the actors. Filmgoers have acclaimed the performance of the actors, the beautiful
scenes from Konkan region and the screenplay. Alok Rajwade and Iravati Harshe are the leading protagonists. Alok has delivered very little dialogue
but has capably played the character through effective body language
and excellent acting. It should be noted that the actors could play
their parts due to the direction of Sumitra Bhave.
Mr. Akash Bhojwani, Chief Executive Officer, Bhojwani Foods Limited
Akash Bhojwani began his entrepreneurial career journey in 2014 with an aim to shape his family business into an organised and professional venture. Such is his dynamism and vision that in less than 4 years, the brand ‘Bhojwani Foods’ has covered 11 states across the country and is still growing.
For a young entrepreneur like him, the biggest advantage is innovative thinking with creative ideas. Being a tech savvy person, he is always ready to introduce the latest technology in the business right to the core areas and to carry it forward up to the top level. With a background into Robotics, he decided to come up with a different approach. They developed software Project One which provides deep Retail Analytics using data driven Artificial Intelligence which exclusively serves the real-time consumer trends about their products.
In FMCG industry, the biggest challenge is the low shelf life of the goods so they have to reduce the time span for reaching up to the consumers. The greatest boon of this analytical software, used by a large network of 500+ people simultaneously, is that it helps to make quicker decisions and respond immediately. The Group is looking to acquire its patent. He firmly believes that technology is the core component of the business.
Bhojwani has resolved to expand his brand by a staggering 200 percent every year. His group has touched the first 115 crore mark in revenues with only 50 products in line and eyeing 20 million more consumers for the coming year, getting into every household of India.
He has earned many accolades from Hewlett Packard and was recently awarded as Professional Icon of Vidarbha and Maharashtra’s Most Stylish in Food Business by Lokmat Group along with the youngest entrepreneur in the category award given by MYFM.
Mr. Rahul Dhoot, Dhoot Transmission Pvt. LTd.
Rahul Dhoot, the young Founder and Managing Director of Dhoot Transmission Pvt Ltd (DTPL) Aurangabad and MD of and Mangalam Coils, is known for his passion for perfection. Within a short span of 17 years, his group has notched up a spectacular growth emerging as a major supplier of wiring harnesses, automotive electronics, power cords, enameled copper wire, cables and terminals, couplers and switches to major Indian and global automobile manufacturers and consumer electronics companies.
DTPL made a small beginning in the year 1999-2000. Today, it has 11 manufacturing facilities in Aurangabad, Delhi, Pune and Chennai with an employee headcount exceeding 3000. In 2017, the DTPL spread wings abroad acquiring TFC, a company based in Scotland and also a plant in Slovakia. The company has a joint venture with US-based Carling Technologies. From a modest turnover of Rs 60 lakh in 2001, the DTPL has today attained a turnover of Rs 800 crore. With an export-oriented unit planned in Special Economic Zone, Shendra, Aurangabad and a plant in Pithampur, Indore the DTPL promises to continue its rapid growth.
Dhoot, a BE in Electronics and Telecommunication, has been decorated with many prestigious awards like Lalit Doshi Award by Sicom, Export Excellence Award, TPM Excellence Award, and Dun and Bradstreet - Business Excellence Award 2015 in Electrical and Electronics Goods. His discerning customers have bestowed upon him awards including TPM Excellence Award, Best Supplier Award in all Categories and Quality Management Award.
Rahul Dhoot is the member of industrial bodies like Young Presidents’ Organisation, Pune, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association, Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture, Aurangabad and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
Mr. Rahul Nahar, President, Xrbia
Mr. Rahul Nahar is the primary Shareholder & Founder of XRBIA Developers Ltd. Born in 1975, he is a first-generation entrepreneur. Starting his business career in 1997, Rahul began as a developer of gated communities and over the years built a robust real estate business. He started developing land plots with a strong focus on the Pune market after completing his education from the city. In a span of 20 years, Rahul has 13.4 million sq.ft of development to his credit. A land bank of 2500 acres and a customer base of over 10000 customers is testimony to the quality of organization developed by him. In 2012, Rahul pioneered affordable housing in India in form of a project consisting of 3500 houses on a 120-acre township. His objective with XRBIA is to provide every modern convenience to his customers from wider avenues to the best of infrastructural, educational and healthcare facilities.
XRBIA understands India’s need for smarter, efficient and sustainable cities which offer a higher quality of life to its people. Superior living experiences being priority, brand XRBIA delivers end-to-end urban infrastructure services to its inhabitants. With a goal and vision of building “100 future ready cities by 2030”, XRBIA is embarking on a new journey that lays the benchmark for quality and modern urban development in the country. The brand is driven by technology in all they do from construction & operations to enabling customers to measure, manage and pay for services that they use. XRBIA matches the global trend of increasing affordability by designing compact homes and offering standard amenities of free car park, community center with swimming pool and commercial complexes. This year alone they built cities across 18 locations in India and launched 40,000 houses spread across Maharashtra. At XRBIA, the aim is not to build only houses, but cities that are environmentally friendly, technologically advanced, committed to education, dedicated to health, and that foster community spirit.
Mr. Sanjay Ghodawat, Chairman, Sanjay Ghodawat Group, Kolhapur
Industrialist and educational entrepreneur Sanjay Ghodawat is a resourceful leader of Sanjay Ghodawat Group (SG Group), one of the nation's leading conglomerates that has diversified its business ventures from FMCGs, education to wind turbines with total employee strength of more than 7000. A diploma in Mechanical Engineering, he is also a licensed, certified and trained pilot for private helicopters and fixed wings aeroplanes. He heads Sushila Danchand Ghodawat Charitable Trust, Jainsingpur, Maharashtra.
In the year 1993, he formed a company Ghodawat Industries (I) Pvt. Ltd. He set up educational institutions at Atigre in Kolhapur district and in Pune running international schools, junior colleges, management, engineering and medical colleges offering a vast array of degree and diploma courses. The Group also offers coaching for JEE mains/advance/medical CET, UPSC and MPSC examinations.
The Ghodawat Energy Private Ltd is among the top ten privately held companies in India in terms of installed renewable energy capacity with production of 103 MW of wind energy and 12 MW of solar energy.
Ghodawat Agro Pvt Ltd, Kondigre is India's largest company in floriculture under green houses spread over 151 acres currently and 30 acres for horticulture produce. Ghodawat Foods International Pvt Ltd is the FMCG arm of the group, engaged in manufacturing edible oil through solvent extraction and refining processes. The group is also into aviation and commercial property. The Ghodawat Enterprises currently owns three choppers and provides domestic air service on rental basis. The company is in the process to start its scheduled commuter air transport services from Bangalore international airport under airline name 'Star Air'. The group is also into textiles, mining and consumers products.
Sanjay Ghodawat has received numerous awards including Lokmat Corporate Excellence Award, Bharatiya Udyog Ratna and the '50 outstanding educational entrepreneurs of nation' award.
Mr. Srikrushna Chitale: Partner, Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale
Chitale brothers have carved a niche for themselves in the field of sweets, snacks and other confectionaries by their dedication, hard work and quality products. It all began in 1950 when the Chitales ventured into the business of milk distribution and have today emerged as one of the prominent groups in Maharashtra with turnover of approximately Rs 200 crore.
Pune is famous for Bakarwadi made by the Chitale brothers. This delicious product earned accolades for Pune in India as well as abroad.
Production of Bakarwadi, which is on the line of a Gujarati delicacy, began in 1974 in Pune. A cook from Surat had made it. Marathi spices were used in it to give it a special taste. After the demand for Bakarwadi grew, the Chitales got designed an automatic machine from Sweden for its production. Today, there is a separate centre for Bakarwadi production at Shivapur. Their products like Shrikhand, Pedha, Basundi, Masala Karanji and especially chakka used in making Shrikhand, are immensely popular among the food lovers.
The Chitales, who stress on hygiene and quality, manufacture every product in-house to ensure 100% consistency. They export products to countries like America and England to satiate the taste buds of the Marathi people settled there.
The Chitale brothers, who are a household name not only among Pune residents but also all over Maharashtra, have grown steadily through the numerous sales outlets and franchisees. Today, with a strong network of distributors and authorized agents, the company holds a well-deserved market position amongst India's top confectioneries.
Srikrushna Chitale is active in the educational field and is the vice-president of the governing committee of the famous Shikshan Prasarak Mandali, Pune. A member of the Mithai and Farsan Association, he takes initiative in solving problems of sweet makers.
Mr. Aditya Thackeray, President, Yuva Sena
Aditya Thackeray belongs to the celebrated Thackeray family. He is the grandson of Balasaheb Thackeray and son of Uddhav and Rashmi Thackeray. Born on June 13, 1990 in Mumbai, Aditya completed his graduation in arts and LLB from K C Law College. He made debut in politics through Yuva Sena on October 17, 2010. His collection of poetry titled as ‘My Thoughts in White and Black’ was released in 2007 and album ‘Ummeed’ came out in 2008. Popular singers like Suresh Wadkar, Shankar Mahadevan, Kailas Kher and Sunidhi Chouhan have rendered vocals for songs from this album. An aggressive fighter, he is carrying his grandfather's legacy forward. He forced the Mumbai University to withdraw the book ‘Such a Long Journey’ authored by Rohinton Mistry by leading a stir of students with their parents' support. He was instrumental in reviving night life in the city. He presented a memorandum signed by over 50,000 students to the then railway minister Mamata Banerjee demanding a special coach for students in suburban trains. We can see in him a blend of a fiery speaker, aggressive leader, poet with sensitive mind and man with an eye for art.
Mr. Jaykumar Rawal, Tourism minister, Maharashtra.
Maharashtra Tourism and Employment Guarantee Scheme Minister Jaykumar Rawal is a highly educated individual and is one of the youngest politicians. He is seen as the most trusted face of the young brigade of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Rawal represents the Sindkheda Assembly Constituency and has been elected for three consecutive times. He inherited political acumen from his grandfather Dadasaheb Rawal. Dadasaheb was known as a leader of masses who always strove for the well-being of the people. Jaykumar, a commerce graduate from the Symbiosis University, Pune, has also inherited these traits from his grandfather. He has also obtained a degree in business management from England. After returning to India, he first actively participated in the elections of the Dondaicha Municipal Council. In 2004, he fought election on a BJP ticket, from Shahada-Dondaicha legislative constituency and defeated senior Congress leader Dr Hemant Deshmukh. He also won in 2009 and 2014 and was the first MLA to score a hat-trick from Dhule district. On July 9, 2016 he took the oath as a Tourism and Employment Guarantee Scheme Minister. His work in the past two years has been appreciated by the party. He is considered as a future of BJP in Maharashtra.
Mr. Jitendra Awhad – MLA Mumbra-Kalwa
Jitendra Awhad is a Nationalist Congress Party MLA from Mumbra-Kalwa constituency. He was cabinet minister of medical education and horticulture in Congress-NCP government. He revels in controversy and is known for attacking speeches in the Assembly.
This aggressive leader completed his graduation in 1983-84 from B N Bandodkar College, Thane. His leadership qualities came into limelight when he was studying. He was elected secretary in college gymkhana. He was also appointed secretary of the All India Students’ Organization. He has been elected MLA from Kalwa-Mumbra for three consecutive terms. Awhad played an important role in making Dahi Handi a globally popular game. He is known for his active and controversial image. He was born on August 5, 1963 at Nashik. He did Bachelor of Arts and received doctorate in Master of Labour Studies (MLS) from University of Mumbai. His political career began from the platform of the youth Congress.
He takes up social activities under Sangharsh Social Organization and educational activities under Lilavati Satish Awhad Educational Society. He is affiliated to various social and sports associations. Awhad is known as a secular leader. He had locked Kalina campus of University of Mumbai for not following deadline of declaring results.
Ms. Poonam Mahajan, MP, Mumbai North-Central
Poonam Mahajan is the BJP’s sitting MP and the
daughter of party’s veteran leader and former union minister late Pramod Mahajan. She stepped into active politics after the sudden death of her father in 2006.
She played a vital role in attracting first-time voters and youth in Mumbai towards BJP. She was appointed as national vice-president of Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha in 2010, general secretary and the president in 2013 and 2016 respectively.
She was the first woman BJYM president after Uma Bharati. Once upon a time, the post was also held by Pramod Mahajan, Rajnath Singh, Shivraj Chauhan and many other great leaders.
She lost her first legislative assembly election in 2009, but did not lose her hope and won the Lok Sabha election by defeating a tough Congress candidate Priya Dutt by a whopping 1.86 lakh votes. The ‘giant killer’ Poonam is now BJP’s young face in the politics and party’s national general secretary. She is uniting youths and conveying their problems to the party. Today, she is in the circle of great leaders due to her passion and hard work. She also pays equal attention to resolving problems of her constituency through regular interactions with activists and voters.
Mr. Satej Patil, Member, Legislative Council
Satej Patil is among those Congress leaders in the State who are young and have bright political future. He inherited political and social legacy from his father D Y Patil. He began his public, political and social career from students’ council election of university. He was elected on Advisory Committee of Adult and Continuous Education department, Shivaji University in 1992-93 and on Senate in 1995-99.
He made an impressive entry in politics by winning from Karveer assembly Constituency in 2004, defeating the then Health Minister Digvijay Khanvilkar.
Patil got elected from Kolhapur Assembly constituency in 2009 and worked as Home, Rural Development, Horticulture and Food and Civil Supply minister from 2010 to 2014.
Since December 30, 2015, he is a member of Legislative Council. The tech savvy legislator keeps in touch with 10,000 important people in his constituency daily through SMSes and has launched his own website.
Positive outlook, clean image, excellent public contacts and will to work for society have made him a successful politician. He collects notebooks on his birthday and provides them to poor students of his constituency. Around 10.50 lakh students have benefited from the initiative in the last 11 years. It was also registered in Limca Book of Records.
Mr. Chandrakant (Dada) Patil,
Revenue and Public Works minister
Candrakant Patil is active in political and social
circles for the past 41 years. Today, he is the number two in cabinet after chief minister as he holds two important portfolios of revenue and public works.
His father Bacchu Patil was a farmer from tiny Khanapur village in Bhudargad tehsil but shifted to Mumbai for work.
Chandrakant Patil was born and brought up in Mumbai. He obtained a degree in commerce from Siddharth College. He worked as an activist of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad from 1980 to 1993 in Jalgaon, Dhule, Nasik, Vidarbha and in the states of Gujarat and Goa as well. He was introduced to Narendra Modi and Amit Shah during that period. Chandrakant was influenced by the RSS. In 2014, he got elected to the legislative council for second time from Pune Graduate Constituency.
After his inclusion in Devendra Fadnavis ministry, he introduced various reforms in co-operative sector. Later on, announced ambitious project of pothole-free Maharashtra. After resignation of Eknath Khadse, the revenue portfolio was given to him. He has a clean image and known for working by taking people into confidence. He is the go-to man of the party in case of any crisis.
Mr. Dhananjay Munde, Leader of opposition in Legislative Council
The Munde family of Beed has leadership qualities in its genes. Dhananjay Munde started his political journey by organising youths in the district after obtaining education of law. He encouraged youths to join BJP. Following the footprints of Gopinath Munde, he contested the Zilla Parishad election and won. He went on to become the ZP vice-president. He impressed all by his leadership spark in ZP, Beed District Central Cooperative Bank, Vaidyanath Bank and Jaganmitra Ginning Mill. He quit BJP owing to differences with his uncle Gopinath Munde and joined NCP in 2012 when he was a member of legislative council. NCP offered him the second term and made him the leader of opposition in the upper house of the state legislature. His active participation in Goda Parikrama and farmers struggle with Gopinath Munde cannot be ignored. His studious speeches, attacking nature, gesticulations and command over language have made him a great leader. He unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Assembly election from the Parli constituency. He, however, defeated Pankaja Munde, his cousin and daughter of Gopinath Munde, in ZP and municipal council elections. He has been attacking government over farmers’ loan waiver, Samruddhi Mahamarg and memorials of national heroes.
Mr. Eknath Shinde, PWD (MSRDC and Public Undertaking) Minister
Inspired by the thoughts of Shiv Sena Supremo Balasaheb Thackeray and under the guidance of Thane District Sena chief Dharmavir Anand Dighe, Eknath Shinde started his career as a Shiv Sainik in the 1990s.
His journey from a common Shiv Sainik to Cabinet minister is very impressive. Thane has remained a Sena stronghold in spite of ascendance of BJP in Maharashtra. The party won power in the Thane Municipal Corporation on its own. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray honoured him by giving the post of opposition leader after 2014 Assembly elections. Shinde got just one month as opposition leader but attacked the Government over farmers’ loss due to drought and unseasonal rains by visiting different regions of the state.
As a Cabinet minister, he made MMRDA self-dependent again. State Government’s ambitious project Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Mahamarg is being developed under his leadership. He played an important role in taking farmers into confidence, telling them the benefits of the project and making them a partner in it.
Enough water is supplied to Mumbai from various dams in Thane, however, this district does not get sufficient water. On becoming guardian minister, he undertook the dam work to make his district self-dependent in water.
Mr. Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Leader of opposition, Legislative assembly, Mumbai (Ahmednagar)
Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil is an Indian politician from Maharashtra and is a member of the Indian National Congress. He was born at Shirdi in Ahmednagar. He is the son of veteran politician and former union Minister of Finance (India), Balasaheb Vikhe Patil. He was the Minister of Educational and Transportation in the Government of Ashok Chavan and reelected for Agriculture and Marketing in the Government of Maharashtra in the Prithviraj Chavan Government. Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil was elected to the Shirdi constituency in 2009. He has been re-elected in 2014 assembly elections with landslide lead around 75000 votes. Currently, he is also serving as Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
Mr. Ramdas Athawale, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment
Ramdas Athawale did not have any political background. He entered in politics with student movement and rose to become the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in Narendra Modi Government. He hails from a Bauddha family of Agalgaon village of Sangli district. He lost his father when he was young. His mother Hausabai worked hard to earn livelihood for the family. After finishing his primary education at Dhalewadi (Tasgaon), district Sangli, he reached Mumbai to get further education. He was strictly against injustice and atrocities right from his students days. In Siddharth Vihar of Wadala, many Dalit and backward students used to come for education. The discussions, lectures about progressive movements used to take place there. Athawale was influenced by them. Principal Arun Kamble was his ideological guru. He created storm with his activities in Dalit Panthers and raised voice against atrocities and injustice against Dalits. He led the protest to name Marathwada university after Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. The government had to take note and the university was renamed. Athawale was included in the state cabinet in 1990 and worked as social welfare and transport minister. He was elected MP from Mumbai and Pandharpur.
Astik Kumar Pandey,District Collector, Akola
After taking over as the District Collector of Akola, Astik Kumar Pandey has created his image as a people-friendly bureaucrat who works in a planned manner. The Morna river which flows in the middle of the city at one point of time in history added glory to the Akola city. But not today. Now Morna is filled with water hyacinth and is threatening the very existence of the city. Realising this danger, Pandey launched the ‘Mission-Clean up Morna’ through people’s participation. On January 13, 2018, right since 7.30 a.m people started gathering on the banks of Morna river and within hours a crowd of thousands of dedicated residents of Akola started cleaning up the Morna river. The event, which was attended by all people’s representatives in Akola city began with the recitation of poems by Akola’s own native poet Dr Vitthal Wagh. The social organizations provided paraphernalia like hand gloves, excavators, tractors, tippers loaders, trucks and other vehicles required for transporting the garbage.
The salaried citizens of Akola donated one day’s salary to the Mission-Clean up Morna. And within days the river changed its looks as 1.50 kilometer of river banks were relieved of water hyacinth on both sides. People have actively responded to the call given by their District Collector, Astik Kumar Pandey. The mission was so successful that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a special mention of it in one of his Man Ki Baat speeches. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis also referred to this great example of Akola in his speeches and exhorted people to emulate this model in every district of Maharashtra. The state budget has set aside Rs 27 crore for cleaning up water bodies in the state. Of that a fund of Rs two crore is menameant exclusively for Mission- Clean up Morna. Under the leadership of Pandey, every Saturday, this river cleaning campaign will continue in Akola till the Morna is completely cleaned.
Pandey has innovative plans for the common people. On Auguist 1, 2017, which is celebrated as Revnue Day, he announced that every first day of the month will be celebrated as a Bicycle Day. Along with this, he organized a Bicycle Rally and rode a bicycle himself along with thousands of residents of Akola. On every first day of the month, Pandey uses a bicycle to commutein Akola and this is emulated by people. It was only because of Pandey, the vegetable growers in Akola district signed an MoU with Nagpur-based vegetable exporting company Eva. Under the terms of the MoU, vegetables such as bitter gourd, pumpkins, chillies, ladies fingers grown by Akola farmers will be exported to other countries from Nagpur. Over 55 farmers have registered for export scheme and they are planning to sow ladies finger in 50 acres of land so that every day 25 ladies finger vegetable can be exported to from Akola at an average price of Rs 22 per kg. Pandey also has made arrangements to export bananas from Akot. The entire wall of collectorate premises in Akola also has been beautifully decorated by students of College of Fine Arts Akola only because of the initiative of Pandey.
Ashwin Mudgal,Municipal Commissioner, Nagpur
Ashwin Ashok Mudahl is known as a bureaucrat who made the administration of Nagpur Municipal Corporation people friendly and transparent. The central government also has selected Nagpur for developing it as a Smart City. The project is estimated to cost Rs 1002 crore. With rapid urbanization, the city is also facing problems of large scale encroachments and tones of garbage lifting. To cope with this Mudgal has created Nuisance Detection Squads to impose fine on persons who create litter or encroach upon government land. The result are showing . Under the Central governments, Swaccha Bharat Campaign, over 13000 toilets and 15 Public Washrooms have been constructed in Nagpur city under the guidance of Mudgal. Taking note of this, Nagpur city also has been declared as Open Defecation Free city by central and state governments. Every day, 1200 tonnes of garbage is generated in the city and the Bhandewadi dumping ground is proving inadequate to absorb it. There is an urgent need to process the garbage to make Nagpur a garbage free city. At present a company named Hunjer Biotech Energy is processing 200 tonnes of garbage every day. A thermal power plant using 800 tonnes of garbage as fuel also will be set up at an estimated cost of rs 308 crore. The unique feature of the project is that Nagpur Municipal Corporation will not have to invest anything in this project. The garbage dumped at Bhadewadi also is being disposed by bio-mining technique. If successful Nagpur will be a garbage free city in future. Nagpur city also generates 400 to 450 million liters per day (MLD) of sewerage water. At present only 130 MLD of it is processed and treated water is supplied to Mahagenco for an annual revenue of Rs 15 crore. Another project to treat 200 tonnes of sewerage water per day is in final stages of completion. This project will ensure Rs 20 crore revenue for NMC. Thus NMC will get a revenue of Rs 35 crore only from the sewerage water.
Efforts are also on to make Nagpur as one of the 20 cleanest cities in India. A Clean Nagpur campaign was launched to segregate wet and dry garbage at house level itself. A mobile app with Clean Nagpur city also has been launched to get citizens feedback. On the health services front, efforts are on to make available best of medical treatment facilities to citizens. To ensure this NMC has tied up with Tata trust to improve the 29 Primary Health Centres in Nagpur city.
The NMC is passing through a financial crisis since some years. In order to boost revenue collection a special recovery drive is launched against tax defaulters under which special concessions are offered against pending dues. An online system is also launched for property assessment and over70 per cent work also is complete.
Mudgal also launched a special drive to get pending funds from state government and other developments corporations. In order to stop water [pollution after Ganesh festival, Mudgal also set up 200 artificial tanks in Nagpur city to ensure immersion of Ganesh idols. Every year lakh of devotees gather at Deekashabhoomi in Nagpur. The NMC has created best civic amenities for them in and around the Deekashabhoomi premises.
Under the Smart city project, Mudgal has taken up the construction of cement roads in Nagpur city. The Suresh Bhat auditorium project was languishing for some years. Mudgal took this challenge and completed the project in a short time. Last year the world class auditorium was dedicated to people by President of India, Ramnath Kovind. The cleaning up of Nag river, which flows through the city and the Orange City street project also will begin soon. Distribution of land rights to slum dwellers is in final stages of completion. Mudgal’s contribution in providing a transparent administration at NMC, thus is giving Nagpur a new identity.
G Srikant, district collector, Latur
From ticket collector to district collector, G Srikant's career is noteworthy leap. He was born in Jevalgera village of Raichur district to a marginal farmer. He received good village teachers, who imbibed ambitions in him. While in the 10 standard, he appeared for the
Railway Board examination and passed. After completing a two-year training, he joined as a ticket collector. He recalls that he first set foot in Maharashtra when he alighted at Pune and
began his duties.
While working as a ticket collector, Srikant completed his B Com and first year of M Com through Osmania University.
" The TC's job taught me a lot. I read less books but studied people more, and some incidents gave a new path to my life," he said.
Srikant recounts one significant turning point in his life. "Some passengers in an AC compartment were drinking and had become boisterious. I told them to maintain silence as other passengers were trying to sleep. They did not heed even the police whom I had summoned. During the argument, one passenger pushed me and retorted that I was a ticket collector and not to consider myself as a district collector." Srikant, smarting under his inability to take action, and the insult, understood that if he wanted to implement the law, he should become a collector, and began his studies. In 2009 he passed the IAS with 97 rank and bacame a district collector from a ticket collector. He was posted as assistant collector in Kinwat and brought about transparency in adivasi schemes. Later he bacame the commissioner of Nanded Municipal Corporation and brought innovative things in his work. He organised classes for competitive exams on the fifth of each month which gave hope to students from this backward region to study for UPSC and MPSC exams - This programme is still continuing. Srikant also implemented 'Nanded Shehar, Surakshit Shehar' (Nanded city, safe city). Nanded became the first city to install CCTV cameras in sensitive and also public places, which was lauded by the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He also introduced the 'Capital Value Base Tax System' and an international level sports complex. One of the noteworthy features of his administration was 'Ayukta Nagrikancha Dari' (Commissioner at your door steps) where he toured the city and heard the grievances of the people. When he bacame the CEO of Satara Zilla Parishad, G Srikant took special care to make the district defecation free and started a separate call centre for the sanitation drive which created awareness and was open for 24 hours.
His work as Collector of Akola made headlines. He successfully implemented 'Mission Dilasa Scheme' (Mission solace scheme) to stop farmers' suicides. He consolidated all farmers' welfare schemes and consoled the bereaved families. Understanding that
while funds could help in the short term, he laid stress upon means of getting the family back on its feet through employment and education.
The High Court, which su moto took cognisance of an issue, expressed satisfaction about the work done for farmers' welfare in Akola and Osmanabad districts. While working as the collector of Latur, G Shrikant took additional charge of Latur Municipal Corporation (LMC) for a while. Land worth crores of rupees was encroached and the LMC had forgotton about them.
He got all titles searched and brought back the land to the government, where developed markets have been erected.
Sheetal Basavraj Teli Ugale,Addl Comm, Pune Municipal Corporation
A simple girl from a simple family - Sheetal Basavraj Teli-Ugale has shown that dreams can be achieved through hard work. She is now the additional commissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
The seeds of achieving greatness were sown when she met her maternal uncle, who is a senior official and aspired for IAS.
Born in Ahmednagar she studied in a simple school and was in the HSC merit list. As she had set her eyes upon IAS, she took Arts and later began studying for competitive exams.
In her first attempt, she passed with 37 th rank and was offered IRS services but opted out. In her second attempt she was again offered IRS and accepted it but then appeared for the third time in 2009 and was given IAS. Sheetal was first posted as deputy collector of Chandrapur where she handled nine different elections.
When she was given Jalgaon, the district was second last in female birth rate. Sheetal worked hard through many schemes and brought the rate to a respectable 869.
Her posting as Raigad Collector was acclaimed. She helped 7,000 adivasis legally get patches of land.
In her present stint as addl Commissioner of PMC, she has 22 divisions under her. PMC has 11,000 properties without titles. She knew that this work could be done only by revenue staff and promptly recruited five retired tehsildars, who are working on the titles.
Tukaram Mundhe,Municipal Commissioner, Nashik.
Among people, Tukaram Mundhe is known as a brave bureaucrat who has been transferred from one posting to other nine times in 12 years. He faced so many transfers only because of his ‘virtues’ such as inculcating discipline in administration and for restraining politicians or refusing to bow before the political pressures. Mundhe began his bureaucratic career from Solapur in 2005. From there, he was transferred to Dharni in Amravati district, as Project Officer of Tribal Welfare Schemes and thence to Nanded as Deputy Collector. He got his credo as a disciplinarian and an upright bureaucrat during his stint as Chief Executive Officer of Nagpur Zilla Parishad in 2008. On the very first day of his new posting, Mundhe visited some schools in rural areas and found many teachers absent from their places. Next day he promptly suspended all these teachers. Due to this strict action, the percentage of absentee teachers declined to one to two per cent from 10-11 per cent. He also suspended some doctors for irregularities in Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in villages. This was the first time in Maharashtra, a CEO of a Zilla Parishad had suspended doctors.
In 2009, Mundhe was transferred as the Additional Commissioner (Tribal Welfare) to Nashik. In fact this posting was created exclusively for Mundhe. In May 2010, he was transferred to Mumbai as the Chief Executive Officer of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC). After that, he was transferred to Jalna as a District Collector. During his stint, he completed the project to supply water to Jalna city from Jaikwadi irrigation reservoir, which was languishing for last six years. In 2011-12, he was District Collector at Solapur and from there he was transferred to Mumbai in September 2012 as Joint Commissioner of Sales tax. During his stint the Sales Tax revenue zoomed from Rs 143 crore to Rs 500 crore. Mundhe also enlisted 282 villages in Solapur district under the Jalyukta Shivar scheme and accomplished of rejuvenating water bodies in these villages with Rs 150 crore. The people’s participation in this scheme was Rs 50 to 60 crore. Due to this, the Solapur district which used to deploy 400 tankers for water supply had to deploy only 30 to 40 tankers since then.
During his tenure as District Collector of Solapur, Mundhe also was elected the President of the Trustee Board of Vitthal Rukhmai temple in Pandharpur and successfully handled the Ashadhi Wari that year. Since Ashadhi Wari attracts 14 to 15 lakh devotees from all over Maharashtra and neighboring states, the danger of epidemics breaking out is always there. Reason being most the pilgrims resort to open defecation and that also polluted the Chandrahaga river flowing in the middle of the town. Mundhe constructed as many as 3000 lavatories in just 21 days and stopped the pollution of Chandrabhaga river. During his short stint of 21 days, he also stopped the tradition of preferential entry of VIPs inside the shrine excepting the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
When he was the Municipal Commissioner of Navi Mumbai, his initiative, ‘Walk with the Municipal Commissioner’ also became very popular. He also dismissed and suspended several staffers including officers who used to shirk work, or for indiscipline and irregularities in their duties. Considering the traffic congestion, caused by roadside hawkers, he also cleared the footpaths in Navi Mumbai to ensure smooth flow of traffic. While this benefitted the citizens, Mundhe also incurred the displeasure of many. He has accepted the Municipall Commissioner’s charge at Nashik, barely a month ago and he has already suspended some employees and restraining politicians. He also has sent notices for recovery of tax dues and also the roadside vendors to clear footpaths. Due to this Mundhe had already become popular as a strict bureaucrat among people of Nashik.
Dr Abhinav Diliprao Deshmukh,DSP, Gadchiroli
Two years back, Dr Abhinav Deshmukh took up the responsibility of Gadchiroli District, which with its ultra sensitive Naxalite activities, was a war zone.
Dr Deshmukh's duties were to stop violent Naxalite activities, destroy their networks and plans and bring back prodigal youth, who were laid astray, into the national mainstream through amnesty.
He capably solved these issues and implemented many other programmes. Today, Naxalite activities are almost under control and common people are living without fear.
Under him, the police has taken the lead in public awareness meetings throughout the area in which representatives from various government departments give presentations about various development and welfare schemes.
Since he took charge in June 2016, Dr Deshmukh has conducted 385 conventions. During these conventions, he also managed to arrange the marriages of 278 couples, with government funds.
Under the 'Grambhet yojana' (Village visit scheme) police visit villages and hear grievances of the villagers. The grievances are the resolved through various government departments. During Dr Deshmukh's tenure 3177 'Grambhet' meetings were organised and the grievances were forwarded to various government departments.
'Maharashtra Darshan' tours are arranged for School and college students. The students are taken throughout the State where they witness culture and development in other places. For the last two years, seven tours were organised in which 577 students participated. The students included 25 relatives of Naxalites and 28 students whose families were affected by Naxalite activities.
The Naxalites hold weekly programmes twice a year. To counter the programmes, Dr Deshmukh organised 'Shanti Melas' (Peace conventions) at all sub-divisional level. These programmes were meant to counter Naxalite plans and to reduce the terror among the people. The programmes were well received by the people.
On the International Adivasi (tribal) Day, Dr Deshmukh organised programmes in police stations. The programme named 'Adivasi Vikas Daud - Ek Dhav Vikasakade' (Adivasi development run - One sprint towards development). About 8,000 students, villagers and women participated in this programme.
Another programme 'Yandachi Diwali Adivasi Bandhava sobat' (Lets celebrate this Diwali along with Adivasi brethren) was organised as the Adivasis and common people live amidst extreme poverty. Officers, who had earlier served in Gadchiroli, too, were roped in through Whatsapp groups. They contributed new clothes, utensils, stationery, Diwali 'faral' (snacks) and sweets, which was distributed in remote Adivasi areas.
Dr Deshmukh informed Transport Minister Diwakar Raote about the problems faced by Naxalite affected persons and surrendered Naxalites in the district. Raote decided to give jobs to the children of these persons in the transport department. In all 52 persons from Gadchiroli got appointment letters.An employment camp was also held for the educated jobless persons from the district on 5 January 2018. Total 3,766 persons registered at the camp and 824 persons got jobs in various companies.The police-civil action cell conducted sickle-cell testing, Birsa Munda Volleyball Tournament and other programmes to bring people closer. On 3 March 2018, the district police and Adarsh Mitra Mandal, Pune, conducted a mass programme in which a passage from Mahatma Gandhi's book 'Gandhi Vichar va Ahinsa’ was read out. This action broke Turkistan's record and is likely to be recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Dr Mahesh Patil, Police Inspector, Thane Rural police
Known for his grip on law and order, detection of high profile crimes, and his commitment to various social causes, Dr Mahesh Patil, the superintendent of Thane rural police force, is a versatile personality.
He has handled politically and socially sensitive districts like Ahmednagar and Nanded with great dexterity. He has done excellent work in ultra-sensitive suburbs of Mumbai like Kurla, Dharavi and Mahim. He was responsible for cracking down on the gangster Ashwin Naik and busting his underworld empire. He also bust tan international ATM racket that duped many people. He is credited with handling many sensitive situations like law and order situation in Mumbai after the execution of 1993 serial bomb blast accused Yakub Memon.
As for his social commitment, he launched a 'illicit liquor free Thane campaign' against illicit liquor and rehabilitated 60000 bootleggers in Thane district, revealing humane side of his personality. Lokmat salutes this socially committed and dutiful police officer.
Nisar Tamboli, DCP, Crime Detection - 1, Mumbai
If you have the qualities of determination and persistence, then no target is impossible, the best example of this is the Deputy Commissioner Nisar Tamboli. Born in a common family of Latur, Tamboli completed his education from the Army School till class XII. His education in Army School instilled in him patriotic spirit and he decided to devote his life to serve the country. On the other hand, he continued his studies with great determination overcoming all odds.
He graduated from Parbhani Agricultural College. After completing master's degree, he also won the university's gold medal. After completing all the stages of the MPSC examination, he joined the police force in 1996. Initially he served in Dhule, Hingoli, Nanded. He was also worked in Wardha, Nandurbar and later joined as the Deputy Commissioner of Police of Mumbai Zone 8.
He served well for three years at the Mumbai Crime Branch. Then he was entrusted with the responsibility of the two circles, known as most challenging in Mumbai. For his daring action against crime world, he earned sobriquet as 'Mumbai's Singham'. Despite being in police department, he has preserved the simplicity and gentleness of the personality. He is very alert and ensures that no mistake or failure while discharging the duty. He has never claimed personal credit for his achievement or chased personal glory. He always prefers to work in team. He is known to detect any crime within short span of time because of his faith in team work. He played crucial role in handling the sensational cases like J.Dey murder, terrorist Ajmal Kasab among others. In 2014, he was appointed as the SRPF Commandant of Aurangabad, and he brought about many changes there.
He always worked hard for a solution to various issues of the SRPF jawans and the police personnel. Despite being a police officer, he kept the social commitment in mind. He is involved in cleanliness, tree plantation, plastic-free environment campaign. The Government has taken note of the cleanliness campaign launched at his initiative from time to time. Two years ago he was honored as Maharashtra's Cleanest and Best Campaign. After the service in SRPF, he is now managing the post of Deputy Commissioner of Police of Mumbai Crime Detection. He has been felicitated by the Director General of Police, the President of India for his outstanding work. Lokmat salutes this great officer for his outstanding performance so far...
Dattatreya Karale, Police Superintendent, Jalgaon
Dattatreya Karale, superintendent of police in Jalgaon district hails from Sangli district. He studied at Army School and college education in Satara. He joined police force as deputy superintendent. He has worked on deputation to Yugoslavia, Kosovo while being a part of UNO Peace-keeping Force. He has also worked as deputy commissioner in Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan and Nashik. He was promoted as Police Superintendent on January 1, 2018.Now he is eligible for promotion as Deputy Director General of Police.
He is credited with formulating an action plan to bring down the deaths in accidents. He also started the practice of marking the accident prone spots as black spots. He launched crime awareness campaign by purchasing a van of Rs 15 lakh to spread awareness about cybercrime, fraud, accidents due to human error, terrorism, and communalism. This campaign spreads awareness about social evils through schools, colleges and crowded places. He set up a separate citizen portal to allow the citizens to write complaints from home.
Karale is a much-decorated police officer. He was presented with the presidential Indian Police Medal in 2013. He was awarded UNO's Peace Medal, International service medal in 2003, Special Service Medal in naxal-affected area in 1999, Internal Security Medal and Director General of Police Signet in 2008. Lokmat salutes this dutiful police officer.
Mr. Virendra Mishra, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Circle 3, Mumbai
Virendra Mishra is known as an honest, conscientious police officer who possess unquationable integrity. He was born in Rewa city of Madhya Pradesh. Virendra had decided in his childhood itself to join the civil services. He completed his MA, LLB from Allahabad, Lucknow. Later he studied journalism in Delhi.
He worked as a lecturer for three years and later passed IPS exam in 2006. He began his career as Rural Assistant Superintendent of Police (probationer) in 2008 in Thane. After serving as Additional Superintendent of Police in Beed, Khamgaon, Buldhana, he was appointed as Akola Superintendent of Police between 2011 and 2014. During this period, there was a communal riot in Akot in Akola district and Virendra pacified the warring communities and harmonized their relationships. He improved law and order situation in the district. For this great performance, he was honoured by the Maharashtra State Minority Commission with Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize in 2015. He detected many sensational crimes and later was promoted as Deputy Commissioner of Police in police headquarters in Mumbai. He was in charge of ‘Make in India, Indian Science Congress, Cold play’ programmes. He took strict action against those responsible for Kamla Mill fire and filed chargesheet against the high profile accused without buckling under any pressure. He believes in ‘one crime one officer’ approach. He is socially inclined and loves to help the needy. He does everything necessary to restore the faith of common people in Khaki uniform. Lokmat salutes this ideal officer in Khaki.
Bajaj Electricals Ltd. – Bridge the Gap- Shiksha Vikas Project – Employee Volunteering in CSR
Shiksha- Vikas- Bridge the Gap program is a flagship program of Bajaj Electricals Ltd. - a 3year school and community development model aiming to bridge the gap between the availability of resources and the deprived communities. This is implemented in the Mumbai in 23 schools and PAN India region in four schools. The employee volunteers map the requirements and understand and assess the needs, requirements and capacity of the students, teachers and the school. For each school the goal of development was customized by the employee volunteers based on their felt and strategic needs shared by the students and the teachers. The program aimed at socio-economically disadvantaged children across the rural, urban schools
ICICI Foundation - Financial Literacy Program
Financial literacy is the first step to achieve financial inclusion, creating the need to seek and receive financial services and products. To increase awareness about organised banking and insurance channels, ICICI Foundation provides a Financial Literacy Programme.
ICICI Foundation through its Rural Self Employment Training Institutes reaches out to unemployed rural youth and engages them in a Financial Literacy Programme spanning 12 hours of training. It is an integral part of all courses conducted at the ICICI RSETIs. The module engages with the youth through audio-visuals, flip-charts, games and self-analysis questionnaires. The training focuses on building awareness and cultivating healthy financial habits such as maintaining financial records, regular savings and investments. As a result, many of our trainees are now actively using banking channels and have secured credit linkages.
JSW Energy - Addressing Environmental Issues
At the JSW Foundation, we believe that for the overall sustainability of our interventions across issues, addressing environmental issues is of utmost important. Some of our programs in this area cover
Access to potable water: Women and young girls are the worst affected in water crisis as by social practice they carry the onus to make water available for the family. The Foundation is working to make potable water easily accessible to women, thorough long-term and short term measures. The programs focus on rejuvenating water sources and improving cropping practices to ensure access to water and mindful use of the resource. The foundation is also participating in Government of Maharashtra’s Jal Yukta Shivar Abhiyan to identify and strengthen local watershed projects.
KC Mahindra Education Trust
Girl Child Education – Project Nanhi Kali
Anand Mahindra, the current chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra and the founder of Project Nanhi Kali, has staunchly supported the issue of Girl Child Education. He believes that educated women are an integral part of any society and ensure a gender-balanced society. He reinforces how empowering the woman from a young age tremendously benefits the nation in the long run.
Studies conducted in developing countries have shown that this is true. Today, even the World Bank has acknowledged that there is no investment more effective for achieving the millennium development goals than educating girls. According to the World Bank, some of the benefits associated with girls' education include reduction of child and maternal mortality, improvement of child nutrition and health, lower fertility rates and improvement in economic production".
Our focus is to ensure that not only do girl children from socially and economically marginalized families access quality education but also complete it by reducing the high rate of drop outs. K. C. Mahindra Education Trust (KCMET) and Project Nanhi Kali also allow individuals to participate and support the education of a girl child in India.
Procter & Gamble
Shiksha (Education) : Padhega India. Badhega India
P&G’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility Program Shiksha is an integral part of our global philanthropy program - Live, Learn & Thrive. Now in its 8th year, Shiksha has till date helped 280,000 underprivileged children access their right to education. The program has built & supported over 140 schools across India, in partnership with NGOs.
Shiksha began with P&G India’s research which revealed education as the one cause that consumers are most concerned about and are looking for a simple way to contribute to. With this insight and founded on P&G’s purpose, Shiksha was launched in 2005 to enable consumers to contribute towards the cause of education of under-privileged children through simple brand choices.
Since its inception, Shiksha has made a cumulative donation of over Rs. 22 crores towards helping children on the path to better education. This is a result of the support from our consumers who participated in the Shikshamovement by buying P&G brands for one quarter of the year, thus enabling P&G to contribute a part of the sales towards the cause.
Shiksha’s vision is to help India get to 100% Shiksha someday, and it is working towards this vision in partnership with NGOs.
Shiksha aims to build the educational future of India ‘Brick – by – Brick’ by addressing the need for better educational infrastructure and building the tangible asset of schools. Shiksha’s interventions span across health and hygiene facilities at schools such as clean drinking water and separate toilets for boys and girls, advanced educational aids such as libraries and computer centres, as well as basic infrastructure needs such as classrooms.
Shiksha has evolved into the national consumer movement that it is today, with the invaluable support of our stakeholders amongst the media, influencers, employees and customer partners. Over the years, the program has received generous support from many thought leaders & celebrities such as actors Anupam Kher, Sushmita Sen, Saif Ali Khan, Sharmila Tagore, R Madhvan, Abhay Deol, Konkona Sen, Tabu and Soha Ali Khan; social activist Dr. Kiran Bedi; artist Jatin Das and many more.
Parivartan - Whisper School Program
P&G’s Parivartan (Transformation) Program has been protecting millions of adolescent girls in India from getting trapped in traditional practices of using unhygienic cloth for sanitary protection, by providing timely menstrual education.
The program has been improving the lives of over 2 Million girls annually across 15,000 schools in India.
The objective of the program is to help adolescent girls embrace womanhood positively and enable them to adopt the right feminine hygiene practices to stay healthy and stay in school.
Parivartan ensures that adolescent girls do not miss school on account of periods and initiates a series of cascading effects leading to a more equal gender status in the state.
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