Chenab Rescuers from J-K Get India Positive Awards

Srinagar - In today’s times, where every second we hear about disasters, scandals and conflicts plaguing our country, we fail to highlight positive side of mankind. To recognise the inspirational stories of everyday Indians, who are doing their bit to bring about a positive change, CNN-IBN, in partnership with Jaypee Group, announced 15 winners of the inaugural edition of India Positive Awards in a glittering ceremony held at The Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi.

India Positive Awards delves into India’s hidden resource that cradles the wounded, makes peace among communities and improves lives of others with their selfless acts.

These awards bring to light stories that celebrate the basic goodness in every Indian.

India Positive Awards adheres to a process of selection which has the IBN Editorial Board at its core. This Board nominates, deliberates, and after many levels of scrutiny, finalises the winners, keeping in mind their inspirational stories and contribution. 

Mushtaq Ahmed Sheikh and his team, known as Chenab Rescuers, are on a rescue mission. Every year, hundreds of passengers, navigating the treacherous terrains of Doda and Kishtwar, lose their lives in road accidents and plunge into the Chenab river. The victims' bodies usually get washed away and are never recovered. Mushtaq and his team of eight years battle the Chenab every other day to fish out bodies of accident victims. Mushtaq is not doing this for money but for a cause. The commendable initiative by Mushtaq and his team has been widely appreciated, but the Jammu & Kashmir government is yet to provide them with essential equipments. 

The Grand Finale of the awards ceremony will be telecast on CNN-IBN on 20th October, 2012. 

Speaking about the awards, Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN, IBN7 & IBN-Lokmat, said, “India Positive aims to explore and spread the goodness of Indians, who enrich the lives of others and the society at large and these Awards are an effort to acknowledge the initiatives by such optimistic people who are a source of inspiration to fellow Indians.”

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