‘Lokmat Goan of the Year’ Awards felicitates winners

26 May,2016

By A Correspondent


Leading Marathi daily Lokmat hosted their first edition of ‘Lokmat Goan of the Year’ Awards 2016 on May 21st 2016 in Panjim, Goa. The event recognized the contribution of eminent personalities across various fields in the state of Goa, whose contribution has helped the state occupy a place of pride. Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred on Julio Rebeiro, Ex-DGP, Indian Police Service (retd.) and Civil Servant and ‘Goan of the Year’ was awarded to Rajdeep Sardesai, acclaimed media personality Consulting Editor of India Today Group, Former News Anchor and Editor-in-Chief of IBN 18 Network.


Smt. Mridula Sinha (Hon. Governor of Goa), Chief Minister of Goa, Shri. Laxmikant Parsekar, Shri Vijay Darda, Chairman, Lokmat Media Pvt Ltd. and MP, Rajya Sabha and Abhay Lodha, Chairman & MD, Topworth group of Companies graced the event. The occasion saw the presence of other important personalities of the state namely and over 1000 people attending from Goa. The event was presented by Maharashtra Tourism and powered by Deltin Group of Companies.


The awards recognized achievers and luminaries across 9 categories as Education, Literature, Arts and Culture, Business, Politics – Influential Young and Senior Politician, Agriculture, Administrative Officer and Women Self Help Groups. It constituted of public voting as well as jury selection.


The event’s highlights included special interview of four young politicians of Goa by Chief Minister, interview of Julio Rebeiro by Rajdeep Sardesai and Interview of Rajdeep Sardesai by Lokmat Goa Editor – Raju Naik


Lokmat readers had the dual opportunity of identifying the Goan of their choice from 5 nominees across 9 categories and either physically dropping it at any collection centre or sending a simple SMS to 5676702. There has been an overwhelming response with over 1 lac votes being generated by Goans.


Speaking on the occasion, Rishi Darda, Editorial, Jt Managing Director, Lokmat Media Pvt Ltd. said, ‘’It’s an immense pleasure to host the Lokmat Goan of the year awards this year in the presence of distinguished national and local personalities in Goa.  After the resounding success of Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year Awards, we are happy to connect with people of Goa through this event. As a voice of the masses, Lokmat newspaper represents people and their achievements. This event is a true representation of that. Our endeavor through these awards is  to bring to the fore their contributions that have led towards making Goa a great state today.”


Speaking on the occasion, Karun Gera, President Sales, Lokmat Media Pvt Ltd. said, “This is one of the most prestigious events in Goa which is one of our IPs and goes to become an annual feature every year. We are immensely grateful to our partners for extending their support for the event. Further continuing the association, we wish to provide all our partners a great value for their brands through this platform.”


Hailing from diverse walks of life, the members of the jury included eminent personalities namely, Shri Datta Nayak (a Sahitya Academy winner writer), Dr. Rajiv Kamat (a frequent contributor to Lokmat’s editorial page content), Shri Vishram Gupte (a prominent Marathi writer and local head of ‘Sangath” an NGO), Adv. Cleofat Almeida Coutinho (an eminent jurist and a contributor to all dailies in the state of Goa) and Deelip Borkar (Editor of ‘Bimb’, a Konkani magazine).


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