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India’s COVID soldiers

12

Winners

₹ 6

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. 50,000* each. 

India’s COVID Soldiers, 2021 is a continuation of India’s largest rewards and recognition programme organised by us in 2020. 

Who are we looking for?

Food Warriors

Shelter Warriors

Covid Resource Volunteers

Frontline workers

Medical Warriors

Essential workers

Educators

Counselors

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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Commander Rajiv Sardana

Delivered medical oxygen to more than 500 critically ill patients | Converted his personal car into a small oxygen tanker | Used up his own savings to make oxygen available to the most needy | Sponsored vaccination for daily wage labourers who are finding it difficult to get slots | Spent 18 hours of his day delivering oxygen cylinders | Set up an NGO called Oxygen Sewak Foundation to be prepared for a third wave

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Sakshi Guha

Started a home kitchen startup that fed 200 people daily | Reached out to 30,000 people across India | Provided employment opportunities to women who were at home | Cooked everyday for COVID patients in isolation, students living in PGs, senior citizens and more | Provided free meals to those who could not afford food

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Maneesh Pant

Worked as ‘Medicine Man’ for people across Uttarakhand | Completed his duty during the day and delivered medicines to numerous patients in Dehradun, Almora, Chamoli, Pithoragarh, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi and other cities in the state | Started medical tele-counselling for women and children living in remote hilly areas who had no access to doctors during the lockdown period | Made medical oxygen available to seven critically ill patients | Used up his personal savings to make medicines available to the most needy

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Sabita Chanda

Arranged transportation and food for migrant workers during the first wave of the pandemic | Single-handedly took care of over 1,200 blood plasma requests across India, earning herself a title of ‘Plasma Queen’| Arranged devices for online education of children | Arranged oxygen concentrator and hospital beds for people | Coordinated with state governments like Mizoram and Assam for their medical aid requirements like oxygen concentrators, masks, and sanitisers | Arranged funds to help students in their school admission

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Ashima Gulati

Reached out to 19,000 individuals through a campaign to create and spread COVID-19 vaccination awareness | Assisted 500 individuals in the vaccination process | Got 200 individuals vaccinated | Trained over 1,500 individuals across India to counsel and train local communities to get COVID-19 vaccination

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Asha Suryanarayan

During the first wave, Asha supported the police and the labour department, as well as the Government of Karnataka in helping 30,000 passengers commute from Bengaluru to various states | Arranged food for a slum at Kamakshipalya by appealing to the Food & Civil Supplies Minister | COVID-19 bed arrangement for about 200 patients | Cremated 26 people who lost their lives to the pandemic and had no family member to perform last rites | Arranged plasma for about 100 COVID patients who were recommended the treatment | Distributed grocery kits, food packets and face masks to more than 25,000 people in both the waves

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Anupam Kumar Pandey

Worked with celebrity chef Vikas Khanna for his Feed India initiative, which provided 50 million meals, five lakh slippers, 3.5 million sanitary pads and two million masks | Worked in the India Cares initiative, by coordinating and connecting those in need with those who could help | Distributed food packets on Shramik Special Trains | Created awareness and helped people in COVID-19 testing and vaccination | Helped people with blood and/or plasma requirements, hospital admissions and medicines | Delivered masks and sanitisers to CRPF Personnel

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Meet the Jury

Dr. Gayathri Vasudevan

Executive Chairperson, LabourNet

Devika Mahadevan

Head of Strategy and Communication at Mann Deshi

Madhavan Narayanan

Editor, Journalist, Writer and Columnist

Pervin Varma

CRY
Trustee

Chetna Sinha

Mann Deshi Bank & Mann Deshi Foundation
Founder-Chairperson

Ashok Pamidi

NASSCOM Foundation
CEO

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.

Meet the Jury 2020

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
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