The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari presented “Pandit Haridutt Sharma Award” to Dr. M. Veerappa Moily, Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas & Environment and Forests at a function here today. Addressing on the occasion Shri Ansari said that given Dr. Moily’s achievements as a distinguished literary figure and his decades of public service to Karnataka and to the nation, it is appropriate that Pandit Haridutt Sharma Award has being conferred upon him. His knowledge and skills in governance and administration were recognized by the Government of India as he was appointed as Chairman of the Second Administrative Reforms Commission.
He congratulated Dr. Moily on this award, which is a valued addition to a long list of awards and honours that have already been bestowed upon him and wished him many more years of service to the nation and all success in his endeavors. He opined that the books by Dr. Moily should be translated in to all Indian languages for wider reach among masses so that they can understand the old traditions in the present context.
The Vice President said that Pandit Haridutt Sharma was himself a renowned Hindi journalist besides being a social worker and an active political leader. He brought out a newspaper in pre-independence period which was a very difficult profession at that time. He applauded Pandit Haridutt Sharma Memorial Trust for honoring distinguished personalities in the field of journalism, literature and social service as a tribute to the legacy of Pandit Sharma.