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Plan India Impact Awards is a Plan India initiative to celebrate the exemplary work of community Frontline Workers and volunteers in helping achieve national development priorities.

Building on the first ever Plan India Impact Awards in 2017, this year’s edition seeks to nationally recognise the efforts of outstanding functionaries, highlight the best practices and reinforce their contributions as a primary source of support in the field.

Partnering and inspiring us on this journey are the Frontline Workers and Community Volunteers who reach the most vulnerable and affect remarkable change in the uptake and delivery of much needed services at the village, district, state and national level.

The Plan India Impact Awards is a one of a kind platform in India that recognises and awards grassroot champions that have battled the odds to be champions of change in society.

Gracing the occasion will be our esteemed Chief Guests Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog and Ms. Shabana Azmi, veteran actress and social activist.

The Categories

Upscaling from 13 intervention states last year to 22 states this year, the Impact Awards 2018 will celebrate contributions of powerful community leaders in the following award categories:

Anganwadi Worker/Anganwadi Sahaika (Integrated Child )

Winner – Kanaklata Raula, Mayurbhanj, Odisha

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Accredited Social Health Activist/Auxiliary Nurse Midwife

Winner – Anupam Singh, Ambedkarnagar, Uttar Pradesh

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Outreach Worker (All thematic areas)/Frontline Worker/PPTCT Outreach Worker/Swachhagrahi

Winner – Pitabas Majhi, Mayurbhanj, Odisha

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Community Volunteer

Winner – Bhagirathi Mohanta, Mayurbhanj, Odisha

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Youth Champion for Girls’ Rights

Winner – Pari Singh, Patamda, Jharkhand

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Best Child Welfare Committee

Winner – Child Welfare Committee Thane, Maharashtra

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Best School Management Committee

Winner – School Management Committee Jhajju, Bikaner, Rajasthan

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The Process

The Plan India Impact Awards 2018 is a comprehensive two months process that includes a series of stages:

Stage 1

Partner Nominations – Partners from 22 Plan India intervention states sent their best nominations for each category

Stage 2

Knowledge Partner Review – PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) (process advisor) randomly selected some of the intervention districts/states for ‘hygiene checks’ to validate that the process was conducted in a free and fair manner. A parallel sample check for submitted nomination forms was also conducted to ensure that they have been appropriately filled

Stage 3

Regional Jury Deliberation – The regional jury convened in three regions: North (New Delhi), South (Hyderabad), East and North East (Bhubaneswar) to identify the outstanding nominees for each category. In total, three top nominations from each category were shortlisted by the regional jury panel. These were then presented in front of the national level jury panel

Stage 4

National Jury Selection – The national jury panel reviewed top three nominations for each of the seven categories. Based on the evaluation criteria provided by PwC, 1 national level winner from each of the seven categories was determined




Plan India has forged some key media partnerships for this year’s Impact Awards. Dainik Bhaskar is the print media partner. Go News and Big FM are on board as the electronic media partners. The Better India and Women’s web are covering the event over the digital space.

The Jurors

There were 3 regional jury deliberations and 1 national deliberation to determine the seven winners for Impact Awards 2018. The jury composition included academician, I/NGO chief functionary, social activist/writer/journalist, CSR head/representative, bureaucrat/secretary/deputy secretary of a national level ministry.

Name Designation Organisation
Prof Nil Ratan Professor (Social Sciences) & Registrar AN Sinha Institute of Social Studies
Ms. Poonam Sinha Program Manager (Child Protection) State Child Protection Society, Government of Bihar
Dr. Meeta Singh Ex- Head Gender Resource Unit Gender Expert and Social Activist, Jaipur
Puneet Kumar Mishra Joint Director and state nodal office-ICPS Women and Child Development Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh
Dr. Neena Pandey Associate Professor Department of Social Work, Delhi University
Name Designation Organisation
Ms. Sudha Murali Development Professional with 28 years’ experience in gender and protection Former UN representative
Mr. Suresh Trustee Manchi Pusthakam Publications
Ms. Hymavathi Chairperson State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Andhra Pradesh
Dr. Geeta Balakrishnan Former Principal College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan
Mr. Rahul More Divisional Deputy Commissioner Women and Child Development Department, Konkan Division, Government of Maharashtra
Name Designation Organisation
Dr. Syeda Sakira Sahin Faculty, Women’s Studies University of Guahati
Dr. Brogen Singh Akoijam President Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) Manipur chapter
Mr. Sasanka Kumar Padhi Freelance Consultant
Mr. Debasis Rath Director RUSH and Child line
Mr. Harihar Naik State Mamber – Odisha Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR)
Name Designation Organisation
Dr. Nalini Gangadharan Chairperson CAP Foundation
Ms. Stuti Kacker Chairperson National Commission for Protection of Child Rights
Ms. Geetanjali Goel Additional District & Sessions Judge/Special Secretary
Ms. Poonam Malhotra Publisher Full Circle Books
Ms. Smita Bharti Lead Sakshi NGO
Mr. Gyanendra Pandey Editor Dainik Bhaskar
Mr. Lov Verma Union Secretary (Retired) Empowerment of People with Disabilities

Plan India Impact Awards Booklet

Last Mile Champions honoured for their exceptional contribution at the Plan India Impact Awards 2018

Plan India Impact Awards Media Coverage