The Ministry of Rural Development organized an Award function on 19th June, 2017. The Programme showcased achievements under different programmes implemented by the Ministry of Rural Development. States, Institutions and Government Functionaries, who have done commendable work under different schemes were awarded in the function. Total of 144 Awards were given under different programmes. Awards on Sustainable Livelihood, Transparency and Accountability, Aadhaar Seeding, Conversion and Geo-MGNREGA were given under MGNREGA. Under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, awards were given to States for highest amount of rural roads (Bihar) and use of Non conventional construction material (Madhya Pradesh).
Awards were given to National Resource Organizations, State Rural Livelihood Missions and Punjab National Bank, State Bank of India, Allahabad Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, UCO Bank, Central Bank of India and ICICI Bank. The States which received awards were Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Karnataka and West Bengal under different categories. Under skill development category the best performing States, best champion employers and best training partners, received the awards. There was also a presentation on the key findings of evaluation of National Rural Livelihood Mission carried out by Indian Institute of Rural Management, Anand. Evaluation report had highlighted the main strength of the programme and has given many suggestions for strengthening and expansion of the programme across the country.