In his acceptance speech, Fadnavis said the award would be a constant reminder to him to do more good work for society. Requesting the organizers to donate the award money to the CM Relief Fund, he said that the pain of the recent demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currencies would be 'momentary'.
"There are 17,000 schools where the learning ability is 100 per cent, we have made 4,000 villages drought-free and plan to make a total of 20,000 villages free of drought in five years," Fadnavis added.
Instituted in 1998 in memory of the late Kanchi Seer Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati who passed away in 1994 aged 100, the awards were given away by SIES President V. Shankar before a distinguished gathering.
The Maharashtra Chief Minister is seen receiving the award in the first picture. ISRO Chairman in the second, Sanskrit Scholar in the third and the Harikatha exponent in the last picture.