RECIPIENT - Smt. Saraswati Gora (1996) [Her Daughter receives the award on her behalf]
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION - A veteran freedom fighter who participated in the 'Quit India' movment has been a life-long fighter for the cause of social change on Gandhian lines. Founder of 'Atheist Centre', Andhra Pradesh engaged in counselling and sheltering women with social problems such as widows, deserted and un-wed mothers, etc. Fought for abolition of Zamindaris and Jogini system and encouraged women to develop scientific and rational outlook.