Dr Pradip Kumar Sarmah was felicitated with the prestigious ‘Karmaveer Puraskaar’ for his commendable work in the field of social service in New Delhi on 22nd March, 2015 at the exclusive awards function which is a part of “iCONGO’s REX Conclave, which was organised on 21st, 22nd & 23rd March 2015. The awards and the Chakra recognize and applaud the social commitment of concerned individuals, who have proactively and voluntarily worked for bringing a positive transformation in the society and the world we live in. In today’s world where there is huge apathy & indifference,
Dr. Pradip Kumar Sarmah is the Founder of Rickshaw Bank – an innovative sustainable model fostering mobility, providing livelihood opportunities, and right to dignity to the informal communities of rickshaw pullers. He also serves as a Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Rural Development (CRD); Dr Sarmah is a trained Veterinarian, a social activist and a thinker. In 1989, he joined as a Veterinary Surgeon and works for three years with the Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, Govt. of Assam. It was his direct field engagement with the village economy that shaped his outlook and eventually paved way to get closer to those situated at the bottom of the pyramid. He received the Ashoka Fellowship in India and has been hailed as a crusader for the marginalised people.
He has also participated in many national and international dialogues, seminars, workshops, deliberations and continuously shared his experiences. Dr. Sarmah has been felicitated by the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee for his endless contributions to society.