Bhubaneswar: Human Rights Activist Akhand awarded with ‘Human Rights Activist of the year-2014′ at Bengaluru recently. Noted social activist and BJP leader Rubby Yadav presented the award to Akhand.
This award is instituted by Council of Media and Satellite
Broadcasting (CMSB), a New Delhi based organization working in the field of media ethics and freedom of press. Akhand is an Independent grass-root rural Journalist and Human Rights Defender from India. Till now more than 6000 persons have benefitted by the intervention of Akhand and more than millions of people are the beneficiaries in view of policy making after the judgment of Apex rights panel i.e. National Human Rigths Commission (NHRC).
Recently, he came into limelight at national level after filing a petition at NHRC against the open toilets in Indian Railways, as it causes serious harmful and unhygienic environment to the cities, villages, towns, mountains etc. wherever the rail track passes through. Railway have assured the commission to eliminate such types of toilet by 2022.
Before this award Akhand was awarded with Neheru Yuva Kendra Award, Utkal Samaja Award for Science Writing, Dibakar Mansingh Memorial prize, Sarojini Naidu Prize (National Award) for Development Reporting on Women’s Role in Panchayati Raj System in Indian(2008) and Kalinga Book Fair Writer Award for his book Political Love(2011).