International Gandhi Peace Prize not awarded since 2014 ?


Delhi: As the country celebrates the 149th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi Tuesday, the annual ‘International Gandhi Peace Prize’, named after Father of the Nation, has not been conferred for the last four years.An official of the Ministry of Culture, the nodal agency which receives proposals for conferring the award, said nominations were made during the last four years for the coveted award, but an approval has been awaited ?
The nominations are there, but it is difficult to say why it has been delayed, official sources said.As a tribute to the ideals espoused by Gandhi, the Government of India launched the International Gandhi Peace Prize in 1995 on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary.
Last time, the award was conferred in 2014 to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).The annual award is given to individuals and institutions for their contribution towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violence and other Gandhian methods.The award carries Rs 1 crore (10 million) in cash, convertible in any currency in the world, a plaque and a citation