Padmanaban Gopalan, Founder of No Food Waste received the Rashtriya Yuva Puraskar – National Youth Award 2016-17 conferred by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.
He has received the award from Kiren Rijuju, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports in a special ceremony owing to the International Youth Day held on 12th August at 12.30 pm in The Ashok, New Delhi. He was conferred with a medal, citation and a cash prize of Rs.50,000.
Padmanaban Gopalan has received this award for his exemplary service towards the society through his project “No Food Waste”, which is focusing on reducing food waste and feeding the needy people.
Expressing his joy over being conferred the nation’s prestigious award, Padmanaban Gopalan said, “I am overwhelmed to receive this prestigious National Youth award for 2016-17. This is the nation’s highest recognition for youth in community development.” He added, “I dedicate this to all the volunteers, team, friends, supporters and well-wishers of my initiative ‘No Food Waste.’ I am here, just as a representative of all of them.”
It must be mentioned that earlier in March 2019, Padmanaban Gopalan has received the Commonwealth Youth Award 2019 for the Asia Region for “No Food Waste” at a ceremony held at Commonwealth Headquarters in London.