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12

Weeks

12

Winners

₹ 12

Lakhs

India’s Biggest Rewards and Recognition Programme for Those Helping in the Fight Against COVID-19

The ongoing pandemic has brought forward the bravest and the kindest amongst us. While the world battles an invisible and deadly enemy, these soldiers of humanity are at the forefront, leading the good fight, putting others before themselves. 

To honour these unsung heroes and support them in their valiant efforts, The Better India has joined hands with the A.T. E Chandra Foundation to identify and award 12 of India’s COVID Soldiers across the country with Rs. 1 Lakh* each. 

Help us discover these extraordinary citizens!

Who are we looking for?

Individuals & essential workers providing food & ration to all those who need it, making sure no one goes hungry during this crisis.

From doctors, nurses & paramedics at the frontlines, to those distributing medicines & medical supplies to people in need.

Drivers, pilots & all others helping people reach hospitals, travel to their hometown, or get essentials delivered despite restrictions.

Innovators, scientists & technologists contributing to the fight against COVID-19 through research, automation, and more.

Men and women going out of their way to ensure everyone stays safe by supplying protective equipment -- from masks to medical bodysuits.

Mental health workers, social welfare workers, and all those helping us cope with this testing time that has taken a toll on our mental well-being.

Any other outstanding Indians doing their own unique bit, putting others before themselves, in our battle against COVID-19.

How to Nominate:

Just fill in this simple form below to nominate yourself, individuals you know, organisation leaders, startup founders, or anyone you think worthy of recognition for their acts of kindness and bravery during this crisis. Nominees can be of any age but have to be Indian citizens. Multiple nominations are allowed.

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Ahammad Kabeer

Conducted COVID-19 awareness sessions in 500 villages via a digital platform | Produced 1 lakh masks which helped 194 households and 100 prisoners with employment | Supported migrants walking back home by providing them food | Helped distribute 500 books to children in tribal villages

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Rashi Agarwal

Raised Rs. 50,000 for COVID-19 relief | Providing education to 300 village and tribal children with the help of 15 community volunteers for five months now | Distributed stationary among these students to help them study | Reached out to children in remote rural areas

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Vedika Agarwal

Provided ration kits to 72,000 people | Distributed sanitation kits to 4500+ people & hygiene supplies to 3000 girls | Provided educational kits to 400 children | Awareness posters in regional language to 1000+ people

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Geeta Belpatre

Conducted awareness programmes in regional languages on the preventive measures of COVID-19, with 300 women | Organized loan awareness programmes for 300+ women | Launched a campaign on WhatsApp on advertising handmade masks by SHG members & sold 1000 masks

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Sharif Bhai Ghanchi

Sanitized 50+ public places for free | Distributed 5000+ immunity boosters | Assisted 200+ people stranded in Ahmedabad | Performed last rites of 37 people who passed away due to COVID-19 | Distributed 70 food kits everyday for 1.5 months, 1500 masks, sanitizers, fruits & vegetables

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Chaitali Shome

Provided 600 rations kits to people in more than ten districts | Distributed more than 5000 masks and 10,000 sanitizers to people | Spread awareness among people in tribal areas about precautions against COVID-19 | Reached out to people in remote villages

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Binayak Acharya

Impacted 10,000 students in Odisha through a home-based learning programme | Achieved a 70% completion rate of phone calls with lessons | Taught 5538 children through calls on toll-free numbers and 5193 children through automatic calls, SMS and live phone calls

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Meet the Jury

Ramakrishna NK

Rang De
Co-Founder and Director,

Neel Ghose

Robin Hood Army
Founder,

Dr. Megha Bhargava (IRS)

Deputy Commissioner Income Tax - Mumbai

Paul Basil

Menterra Ventures
Co-Founder & Partner

Chetna Sinha

Mann Deshi Bank & Mann Deshi Foundation
Founder-Chairperson

Ashok Pamidi

NASSCOM Foundation
CEO

Pervin Varma

CRY
Trustee

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers
Our judges are working with a meticulously designed scoring process through which they will look at a wide range of attributes. These include details on:
  • Level of difficulty to operate in the impacted geography
  • Requirements of the beneficiary group
  • Sustainability and longevity of the efforts
  • Frequency of the efforts/impact
  • Selflessness shown by the nominee
  • Innovation in the nominee’s intervention
  • Ability to scale the efforts
  • Ability to mobilise and inspire others
Each week, The Better India will collate the scores of the judges on shortlisted entries with the votes that we receive from our audience members. The winner will be announced based on specific weightage given to the scores and votes.

The money will be transferred to the winner’s bank account through net banking. Once shortlisted, our team will get in touch with the nominees to confirm their details.

The prize money will be transferred to the winner’s account post a 31.02% TDS deduction

The award is open only for those who are currently residing in India.

We understand that efforts can be collaborative. However, India’s COVID Soldier Awards will be awarded to individuals only. These individuals may be a part of an organisation, either as a founder/driver of the initiative, or even implementing work on the ground.

Yes. However, please send in only one nomination per person.

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