Vice President presents Ramineni Foundation awards

Amaravati: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Sunday presented the Ramineni Foundation’s outstanding person award to badminton coach Pullela Gopichand.

He also presented special awards to Telugu literary wizard Garikapati Narasimha Rao, film director Nag Ashwin Reddy and writer C Venkata Ramana.

State Civil Supplies Minister P P Rao, former India captain Kapil Dev, Chief cricket selector M S K Prasad, Director General of Police R P Thakur and others attended the event.

The Ramineni Foundation, based in the US, was established in 1995 and ever since has been honouring eminent persons for their achievements in various fields.

The outstanding person award carries Rs 2 lakh and special awards Rs 1 lakh each. Earlier, the Vice-President visited the state police headquarters at Mangalagiri. Venkaiah Naidu gave away awards to some police personnel in recognition of their performance in tree plantation in various police units across the state.