The Statesman and CR Irani Foundation conferred the Cushrow Irani Prize for Environmental Reporting 2018 to Namrata Acharya, assistant editor at Business Standard, at a ceremony in Kolkata on September 16, 2019.
She obtained the award consisting of a quotation and memento, together with a money award of Rs 25,000 from social activist Threety Irani.
Acharya gained the award for her protection of the ordeals confronted by 1000’s of villagers in West Bengal’s Sunderban Forest Reserve. The area’s inhabitants are susceptible to assaults by tigers as they go about attempting to earn a residing in a harsh terrain that doesn’t help agriculture. Most villagers are pressured to enter the forest to catch crabs and gather honey.
The quotation says Acharya’s article “brings to the fore the monetary compulsions that drive individuals to wage a every day battle towards wildlife and the surroundings.
In 1979, The Statesman instituted three prizes for excellence in rural reporting to encourage a greater consciousness of the social, political and financial challenges happening in villages. In 2011, together with the The CR Irani Foundation, it instituted an annual prize for environmental reporting in honour of Cushrow R Irani, the previous managing director and editor of The Statesman.