Well-known NRI entrepreneur and philanthropist Ronald Colaco has been chosen for the prestigious Bhartiya Mahantam Vikas Puraskar 2019-20, instituted by AsiaOne Magazine, one of Asia's leading media spread across India, Singapore, and the Middle East.
The award is the highest non-government research-based civilian award for Indians across Asia and GCC, and the only non-governmental initiative comprising jury scoring, public polling and a scientific research methodology. The award is presented to extraordinary leaders from various fields who have dedicated their lives to the development of India. Nominations are made from 16 industries - one each from automotive, education, energy and power, finance, food and beverages, healthcare, household products, infrastructure, IT and telecom, lifestyle, manufacturing, media and entertainment, personal care, real estate, retail and services. The jury is comprised of 40 eminent members, and participation of the masses, through public polling and involvement of consumers and industry, is also part of the selection process.
After extensive research and public participation through online polling, Ronald Colaco was among the 9 luminaries chosen from various fields to receive the award. The award ceremony was supposed to be held in Bangkok, Thailand but due to the pandemic, the award has been home delivered in Bangalore while Colaco and his family are in Dubai.
Ronald Colaco has reached-out to needy people during the April-May lockdown period in a big way. In his individual capacity without recording videos or pasting stickers on packets, he distributed 20 varieties of food grains bags to about 20,000 families of villagers, Asha workers, Anganawadi workers, health workers, organizations of handicapped, 7 police station staff families, migrant workers, journalists and many other sections of the society. His silent work during the lockdown was hailed by villagers in particular in his native place in Bengaluru.