Friendship Forum of India, New Delhi has honoured Kovel Foundation CEO V. Krishna Rao with `Bharat Excellence Award and Inspiring Pillar of India Award.'
The awards along with gold medal and certificate of excellence were presented to Mr. Krishna Rao, in New Delhi on Sunday in recognition of his contribution and services in the areas of tribal empowerment and biodiversity conservation especially forest resources management and sustainable utilisation of resources for socio-economic development of tribals.
The award was given away by Dr. G.V.Krishna Murthy, former Election Commissioner of India. Mr. Krishna Rao is in the service of tribal community since 1992 through the city-based Kovel Foundation and instrumental in conservation and development of Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFP) to generate sustainable livelihoods to the dependent tribal families.
One of the great achievements of awardee is focusing on scientific tapping and processing of Gum Karaya and extending skill building programmes to thousands of families not only in AP but also other parts of the country including Senegal and West Africa.