Rights activist of Odisha, Mr. Akhand has received the National Youth Icon Award at the observation of International Youth Empowerment Day at Bhubaneswar on Tuesday for his contribution in the field of human rights.
Akhand is well-known for his fighting for the protection of Human Rights in Odisha. The 38-year-old Akhand raises human rights violation cases as public interest litigation and conducts training sessions, investigates and campaigns to protect civil rights and liberties, monitors human rights violations, and safeguards the rights of poor and marginalized communities.
The Award Ceremony was organised by Odisha chapter of UNESCO Association in collaboration with Utkal University. These awards recognize the highest inspiring young people whose development work has had a significant impact on people and communities in the country. The award carries a Plaque, a Certificate and a Shawl.
Akhand approaches National Human Rights Commission and State Human Rights commission on behalf of the victim or his/her family. He also fights for Human rights violation in various other forms where public is directly or indirectly affected. He has filled more than 500 cases before NHRC or SHRC for individual victims or for public. More than 7000 persons have benefitted directly by the intervention of Akhand. He is working as Working Group Member of Civil Society Forum on Human Rights (CSFHR), Core Group Member of Odisha Soochana Adhikar Aviyan, Bhubaneswar and Managing Trustee of India Media Centre.
Other youths who were awarded in the ceremony are Rahul Kumar(Bihar), Amit Kumar Choubey(Bihar), M Satya Kumar(Tamilnadu), Vikash Dash (Odisha) and Mahendra Kumar Nayak(Odisha).