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Gandhi peace prize for Baba Amte


NEW DELHI, N0V. 25. The Gandhian and noted social worker, Baba Amte, has been chosen for the coveted ``Gandhi peace prize'' for 1999 for his exemplary work for treatment and rehabilitation of leprosy patients and his concept of the ``Shramik Vidyapeeth.''

A high powered jury chaired by the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, unanimously decided to confer the award on the 85-year-old Amte, the Union Minister for Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr. Ananth Kumar, told reporters here today.

The other members of jury were the leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, the Chief Justice of India, Mr. Justice A. S. Anand, the former President, Mr. R Venkataraman and Mr. A. T. Ariyaratne of Sri Lanka.

Instituted by the Centre, the award carrying a cash amount of Rs. one crore, would be given by the President Mr. K. R. Narayanan, at a function in the first quarter of 2000, Mr. Ananth Kumar, said, adding that Amte had accepted the award.

- PTI


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