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Hazare to receive Rs 25 lakh award for rural development

February 20, 2012 16:41 IST

Social activist Anna Hazare will receive an award of Rs 25 lakh from a Delhi-based organisation for his contribution to rural development.

The award, instituted by Sitaram Jindal Foundation, will be given on February 23 at a function in New Delhi, Hazare's aide Datta Awari told PTI from Ralegan Siddhi.

"Hazare will also attend a Team Anna core committee meeting in Delhi on February 22," Awari said.

Hazare returned to his native Ralegan Siddhi village on Saturday with core committee member Arvind Kejriwal after undergoing ayurvedic treatment at a hospital in Bangalore for persistent cough, backache and swelling on hands and feet.

He had left Ralegan Siddhi on January 29 and went to a Gurgaon hospital for a thorough check-up, after which he went to Bangalore on January 31 and was there till Saturday.

Awari said Hazare was advised regular walks and he has been going around the village, inspecting ongoing work on ITI building and is also meeting villagers.

On Sunday, Hazare met activist Banda Maharaj Karadkar and discussed the issue of toll charges on state roads. Hazare has been a vocal opponent of the toll policy, saying people were being charged fee for badly built roads.

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