Sarda Group of companies today honored Dhan Foundation with its Sarda Equal Opportunities Award (SEOA) for their work in Women Empowerment & Poverty alleviation in 12 states of India for over two decades. The Sarda Equal Opportunities Award (SEOA) is given to individuals & organizations who make exceptional efforts to ensure that weaker sections of society especially women & children get equal opportunities in the fields of sustained income generation & education. The focus is on the contribution that helps large sections of underprivileged Indians hone skills & fulfill their potential.
Development of Humane Action (DHAN) Foundation, a Madurai based NGO was conferred with the SARDA EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AWARD (SEOA) at a glittering ceremony held in Mumbai. Shri M P Vasimalia, Executive – Director DHAN Foundation received the award from Shri. Balasaheb Thorat (Minister of Revenue – Government of Maharashtra). The Sarda Equal Opportunity Award ceremony was presided over by Smt. Neela Satyanarayana, State Election Commissioner, Maharashtra.
Shrirang Sarda's (Trustee-Sarda Charitable Foundation) welcoming the dignitaries and the Awardee stated that “The SARDA EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AWARD (SEOA) is our humble attempt at acknowledging good work across the country and to bring the Awardee into focus, who otherwise are happy doing such impactful work anonymously. We are humbled to come across people who are working in the social sector as a matter of choice with devotion. Their selfless service brings smiles on the faces of millions of beneficiaries including women and children. It is our privilege and honour to have DHAN as the Awardee for 2014 i.e. the 14th edition of the SEOA".
Shri M P Vasimalai, Executive – Director DHAN Foundation in his acceptance speech said "I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the DHAN Foundation family, as good work is an outcome of a collective contribution of all stakeholders including poor communities, mainstream institutions, banks and philanthropic organisations. The DHAN community is proud, to have been acknowledged by the Sarda Charitable Foundation and thanks the jury members in choosing us by following a transparent process and after personally and physically scrutinizing DHAN's work. The emancipation of those exploited and economically backward calls for collective will and successful partnership amongst volunteers, professionals, NGO’s, Banks, Government and Corporate India”.
About Sarda Group: Sarda Group is 88 years old. Established in 1922 by Late Shri Bastiramji Sarda with presence in the bidi industry, the Sarda Group has come a long way. Today valued at Rs. 100 crore, the Sarda Group is steered under the inspiring leadership of his young grandson Shrirang Sarda and has a pan India presence, dishing out a variety of products from the healthy and tasty ayurvedic beverages and chewables. The Sarda Group has successfully forayed into diversified areas of real estate, floriculture and hospitality. Of course, rolling bidis still remains one of our pioneering businesses.