Impact Award

Year 2012 NRI Samay “Impact Award” Goes to “Ganjivarapu Srinivas Rao” – A Rural Journalist who lived up to true Journalistic values and brought incredible stories of Rural India to light.

NRI Samay encourages grassroot activists who are making a positive change in the world. As part of that, we will give out an annual NRI Samay Impact Award. This will include a certificate and a cash prize. The cash prize for the first year, 2012 is $250. The amount will be raised by donors like you. We hope to raise more money by next year, and increase the prize amount.

This year NRI Samay team made a collective decision to extend to award to Ganjivarapu Srinivas. You can read about him below. We are truly proud of his journalistic values and his fight for the tribals. From next year, we will plan ahead and have an extensive selection process for the award winners. The selection process will involve listeners and followers of NRI Samay.

Ganjivarapu Srinivas - Profile

Mr. G. Srinivas is an independent journalist/Activist, works as a Coordinator with Samata, an NGO based in Visakhapatnam. As an Independent journalist, Srinivas writes for Op-ed articles in Eenadu Telugu Daily on Tribal, Forestry, Environmental, Mining and other developmental issues and also acting as a Chief correspondent for Dhimsa, a Social monthly magazine. Srinivas deals with information, campaigns, media & trainings for tribal youth. He closely involve with tribal rights, illegal mining issues in Eastern Ghats and actively monitors the development projects through collaboration with media and civil society groups in Tribal/Coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh. His promotion work frequently takes him to environmental public hearings and meetings with communities, and he uses the information he gathers to more effectively lobby with government officials, political parties, media groups and helps to legal intervention on behalf of tribal/backward communities.

Awards & Fellowships

  1. Recipient of The best rural Telugu journalist Award (Counter Media) – 2008 Instituted by eminent journalist P. Sainath for articles on tribal issues related to rights, mining, environment, sustainable development published in Eenadu, Prajasakti Dailies (
  2. Recipient of Moturu Hanumantha Rao Memorial Annual State Best Journalist Award – 2009 for a series of articles on forest and land issues, published in Eenadu Telugu Daily ( )
  3. Recipient of M.Narsingarao Best Rural Journalist award – 2009 by Andhra Pradesh State Government (
  4. Recipient of The 11th Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi Media Fellowship 2011 media fellowship, titled “Justice at the bay: the Forest Rights Act”. ( )
  5. Recipient of The Eighth Centre for Science and Environment Media Fellowship 2008 on The Anatomy of Discord: Humans vs Wildlife in India’s Forests. ( )
  6. Recipient of The Joke Waller – Hunter Initiative Scholarship 2010 to enhance the skills on the field of environmental governance, sustainable natural resource management (

Contact Details


G.Srinivas, Journalist/Activist, Plot No. 491, LIG – C, Sagar Nagar, Visakhapatnam – 530045,Andhra Pradesh, India

Mobile : +91 90005 92699

Email :

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