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.

Plan India established the Plan India Impact Awards in 2017. Across its previous two editions, the Awards have nationally celebrated outstanding functionaries, provided impetus to continue their efforts, and reinforced their best practices in the field.

In 2019, the scope of the Awards has been further widened to encourage greater participation from across the country and recognise the exemplary contributions of last mile champions.


  • To celebrate the contributions of outstanding community frontline workers and volunteers in helping achieve national development priorities
  • To document and disseminate best practices from the field, bolstering exceptional performers and existing programmes to continue their life-changing efforts

The Categories

Anganwadi Worker: Ms R. Sundari, Tamil Nadu

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Auxiliary Nurse Midwife: Ms Padmabati Naik, Odisha

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Outreach Worker: Mr Mohammed Taher, Telangana

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Prerak / Field Officer: Mr Yogendra Pathak, Uttar Pradesh

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Community Volunteer: Ms Alka Gujnal, Maharashtra

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Govind NihalaniYouth Champion for Girls’ Rights – Female: Ms Sarathi, Jharkhand

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Youth Champion for Girls’ Rights – Male: Mr Prafull, Maharashtra

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Child Welfare Committee- Adilabad, Telangana

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Child Welfare Committee-Mumbai City-II, Maharashtra

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The Process

Stage 1

Award roll-out: Nominations invited from 21 states across 8 categories on May 17, 2019

Stage 2

Nomination forms are uploaded to online MIS dashboard by June 18, 2019.

Stage 3

Regional Jury screens and shortlists nominations in 8 categories through an online process by July 2, 2019.

Stage 4

National jury identifies 9 national winners on July 12, 2019.

Stage 5

Winners felicitated at Awards Ceremony on August 9, 2019, in New Delhi.

The Jurors

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
Ms. Stuti Kacker Chairperson National Commission for Protection of Child Rights
Mr. Gyanendra Pandey Editor Dainik Bhaskar
Mr. Lov Verma Union Secretary (Retired) Empowerment of People with Disabilities
Ms. Sonali Khan Managing Director Sesame Workshop India
Name Designation Organisation
Mr Debasis Rath Director Rural and Urban Sociocultural Help (RUSH)
Ms Ganta Hymavathi Chairperson Andhra Pradesh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights
Mr Harihar Naik Member Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
Dr Madhu Bala State Programme Officer Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA)
Dr Meeta Singh Former Head Gender Resource Unit, Rajasthan
Dr Neena Pandey Director, Field Work and Placement Department of Social Work, University of Delhi
Mr Puneet Kumar Mishra Director Directorate of Women Welfare, Department of Women and Child Development, Uttar Pradesh
Mr Rahul More Divisional Deputy Commissioner Women And Child Development Department, Konkan Division, Government of Maharashtra
Ms Rashmi Rekha Bhuyan Assistant Director Assam State AIDS Control Society
Ms Salam Udita Devi General Secretary Manipur Network of Positive People (MNP+)
Ms Shefali Saxena Manager, Human Resources Crocs India Private Limited
Mr Suresh Trustee Manchi Pusthakam Publications