Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will be the recipient of International Jury of the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2017.
The award jury chose the 85-year-old economist and politician for the award, was chaired by former President Pranab Mukherjee.
They choose Dr Singh for his leadership of the country, his contributions to reforms and the economy, enhancing India’s stature globally and for improving India’s relations with neighbouring countries and leading the nation. He was also acknowledged for his dedication to the security and well-being of ordinary citizens regardless of their faith, caste, religion or language.
This award is given annually to individuals and organisations, recognising their efforts toward promoting international peace, development and a new international economic order.
According to the statement, “As Prime Minister, he was responsible for significant initiatives, including the nuclear deal with the US and the Copenhagen climate change accord. The ten years of his prime ministership were not the only period of rapid economic and social change, they witnessed the lowest terrorist violence, prolonged communal harmony, peace on the country’s borders and a globally acknowledged rise in India’s standing in the global community of nations.”
While Dr Singh, who as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India and as the Finance Minister in the Government headed by PV Narasimha Rao played a pivotal role in ushering in economic reforms, as Prime Minister he led the country to achieve the highest sustained rate of economic growth since Independence.
The Indira Gandhi award comprises of Rupees 25 lakh cash and a citation. This award was instituted by the Indira Gandhi Memorial trust in 1986.