Recently, the Ministry of Culture extended the nomination period for the Gandhi Peace Prize from 30th April to 15th June 2020, due to the lockdown in the wake of the Covid-19.
The annual award was instituted by the Government of India in 1995 during the commemoration of the 125th Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi for those involved in social, economic and political transformation through non-violence.
The award carries an amount of ₹1 crore, a Citation in a scroll, a plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item.
The prize can be given to individuals, associations, institutions or organizations.
It can be divided between two persons/institutions who are considered by the Jury to be equally deserving of recognition in a given year
It is open to all persons regardless of nationality, creed, race or sex.