Lakshmi Mittal, the UK’s richest man received the Special Recognition Award from the world Sikh community for his joint venture between State-owned Hindustan Petroleum Corporation and Mittal Energy Ltd, in the Punjab region of India.
Mr. Mittal was recognised at the Sikh Awards held at The Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge, London on 21st October 2012.
The Awards recognised Sikh contributions and excellence in a variety of fields from nominations received from around the world.
Acknowledging the Award, Mr. Mittal said: “I am very proud to be associated with the project in Bhatinda, Punjab. I have seen a great deal of motivation and dedication from the community in Punjab.”
He dedicated the Award to the 45,000 people working on this new site.
Mr. Mittal also acknowledged the support of the Indian Government and the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in making the project a reality and helping develop the economy of the region.
Several other successful Sikhs were also recognised at the ceremony. All-India Pingalwara Charitable Trust’s President Dr. Inderjit Kaur was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the field of social service.
Her Award was presented by Sant Iqbal Singh Ji of Baru Sahib, the President of The Kalgidhar Society.
The Pingalwara organisation provides shelter to 1,300 disabled, terminally ill, old or abandoned people.
Dr. Kaur dedicated the Award to her parents who taught her about Sikhism and selfless service, Bhagat Puran Singh Ji who founded the charity and everyone who works with her in India.
She also thanked all the supporters from the UK who give generously and play a major role in ensuring Pingalwala continues to serve the wider community in India.
In a message to the Awards ceremony, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “I consider London to be the most multicultural city in the world, and have seen first-hand the hard work, dedication and religious strength that sits at the heart of everything the Sikh community do. Sikhs are a credit to this city and bring pride and respect where ever they go in the world through their actions, deeds and unique identity."
This year, the gala ceremony was presented by former Mayoral Advisor Mr. Kulveer Ranger and model/actress Ms. Anu Singh.
Over 750 guests attended including Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, BBC’s Head of religious programming Mr. Tommy Nagra, Ms. Charlotte Leslie MP, Mr. Paul Uppal MP and Dr. Kate Wharton from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s office.
On the night which was hosted by the media organisation The Sikh Directory, the first Sikh 100 power list detailing the most prominent Sikhs in the global community was launched.
THE SIKH AWARDS 2012 WINNERS
Business Man – Mr Rajinder Singh Baryan (Kenya)
Business Woman – Mrs Sukhinder Singh (USA)
Entrepreneur – Mr Suneet Singh Tuli (India)
Sikhs in Education – Dr Jagir Singh (India)
Sikhs in Charity – Mr Harpal Singh Kumar (UK)
Sikhs in Sport – Ms Rashpal Kaur (India)
Sikhs in Media – Mr Guruka Singh (USA)
Sikhs in Entertainment – Mr Gurpreet Singh (India)
Sikhs in Seva – Mr Surinder Singh Khandari (Dubai)
Sikhs in Profession – Mr Gurmant Singh Grewal (Canada)
The Sikh People’s Choice Award – Mr Paul Singh Uppal MP (UK)
Special Recognition Award – Mr Lakshmi Niwas Mittal (UK)
Sikh Lifetime Achievement Award – Ms Bibi Inderjit Kaur Ji (India)