Parliamentarian of the Year

Dr Amar Patnaik, Member of Parliament - Rajya Sabha

Amar Patnaik conferred
SKOCH Challenger Award for Parliamentarian of the Year – Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, 26th March 2022: Amar Patnaik is an astute administrator, a highly skilled researcher and a global-minded India-focused leader in search of practical solutions to grassroots problems. He had a long career in civil services and was associated with UN and the World Bank for global external audit assignments. It is for his love to serve the people at the bottom of the pyramid, he quit and joined the Biju Janata Dal representing the state in the Rajya Sabha. He was member of the Joint Committee of Parliament on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. He ensured that the bill goes through an extensive process of clause-wise consideration during the consultation within the JPC. As Rajya Sabha Member, he is Odisha’s voice in the Parliament. He has been a part of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance and a member of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Forest, Environment and Climate Change. As head of the party’s IT wing, Amar guides on improving governance in the state; much of which can be attributed to his efforts.

About SKOCH Award

SKOCH Award, independently instituted in 2003, is India’s honest civilian honour conferred by an independent organisation as a third party assessment. It is the only award in the country that is based on felt-needs assessment and outcome evaluation based on evidence. It therefore, recognises people, projects and institutions that go the extra mile to make India a better nation. 

SKOCH Challenger Award is non-competitive and conferred for having made a definitive impact on governance improvement and growth of India. These are based on primary research and recommendations by the Collegium of past SKOCH Challenger Awardees and the Distinguished Fellows of SKOCH Development Foundation. 

SKOCH Challenger Award comes with a backing of reputation of more than two decades. It is distinctive for its approach of selection of awardees. The SKOCH Challenger Award not only acknowledges exceptional achievers – organisations and individuals – but also spurs institutional guidance and best practices. 

About SKOCH Group

SKOCH Group is India’s leading think tank dealing with socio-economic issues with a focus on inclusive growth since 1997. The Group companies include a consulting wing, a media wing and a charitable foundation. SKOCH Group is able to bring an Indian felt-needs context to strategies and engages with Fortune-500 companies, State Owned Enterprises, Government to SMEs and Community-Based Organisations with equal ease. The repertoire of services includes field interventions, consultancy, research reports, impact assessments, policy briefs, books, journals, workshops and conferences. SKOCH Group has instituted India’s highest independent civilian honours in the field of governance, finance, technology, economics and social sector.

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