Pravasi Ratna and Rashtra Ratna Awards, two of the most prolific honors introduced by the World NRI Council have witnessed immense support and praise from the Indian communities across the globe.
As per the statement from the Council, both Awards have collectively received more than 2300 applications and nominations from 27 countries.
“For Rashtra Ratna Award itself, we have received 1560 entries as applications and nominations from 27 nations including India as of August 7. NRIs settled abroad from various regions of the country have been nominating celebrities, social activists and politicians. Nominations from social, cultural and business sectors have been comparatively low,” the Council spokesperson stated.
“We have received close to 800 applications and nominations for Pravasi Ratna Award. Nomination and direct applications for both honors can be made till the 31st of August. We hope to receive at least 5000 applications and nominations by the deadline,” the authorities added.
Commenting on queries relating to the timeline of the award ceremony, the Council authorities revealed that, “the sudden influx of nominations and applications is challenging the jury to have their verdict on time. But we are determined to host the award function in October. The honors will be presented in a grand ceremony which will witness the presence of prominent dignitaries, celebrities and central ministers.”
Pravasi Ratna Award
Pravasi Ratna Award is an honor that is presented to Non-Residential Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), or Organizations led by any one of them for their exemplary contribution to the socio-cultural, political, arts, and sports segments.
Rashtra Ratna Award
Rashtra Ratna Award honors Indians or Indian Organizations who have made exemplary contributions to the socio-cultural, political, arts and sports segments in India.
Rules and regulations for both Awards are available on the World NRI Council website.
All applications and nominations must be sent to [email protected] on or before 31 August 2022. Queries, suggestions and recommendations on both Awards can also be shared to the same email id. All communications related to the Awards are expected to be in either Hindi or English.