Dr. Dwarkadas Shaligram Lohiya
Ever since 1962, he was actively involved in social causes like immunization, organizing healthy child competitions, building a cultural group to generate awareness among the people through entertainment. His close association with common people, suffering masses, marginal farmers, landless laborers, traditional village artisans helped him in understanding their problems thoroughly. Determined to make a difference to the society and to work towards the uplifting of the masses, Dr. Lohiya gave up his medical practice and founded MANAVLOK. His relentless work and its benefit have been actively spreading and today his work has reached the grassroots. MANAVLOKtoday has penetrated into more than 400+ villages supporting the farmers through numerous primary and secondary activities making a difference in their lives thereby reshaping rural India. Dr. Lohiya was an active member of many development committees in Government and NGO sectors at District and State levels. Being an expert member at the Marathwada Development Board appointed by the “Government of Maharashtra”, he was able to contribute to strategic development plans. Dr. D.S. Lohiya had been recognized for his by work many organizations for his great dedication and exemplary efforts in the field of social work. Some of these include ‘Yashwantrao Chavan Smruti Puraskaar’ by Zilla Parishad Beed, an award named ‘Environmentalist of the Year 1993-1994’ by Marathwada Industries Association, Aurangabad. An award for his ‘Outstanding Work in Rural Development’ by Late Shri Shankar Rao Kirloskar. An award named ‘Manavseva Award’ in memory of late Ashok Gondhiya by ‘Young Men Gandhian Association, Rajkot’ and many more. Dr. Lohiya passed away on 23rd November, 2018.