The Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for the year 2010 was awarded to Dr Mohan Dharia on Monday, for his yeoman work in promoting and preserving the spirit of national integration in the country.

The 86-year-old environmentalist, lawyer and former union minister, currently runs the Vanrai NGO in Pune.

Dr Mohan Dharia receives the Indira Gandhi Award from
Congress President Sonia Gandhi and PM Manmohan Singh

The award was presented to Dr Dharia by Congress President Sonia Gandhi and consists of a citation and cash of Rs 5 lakh.

Also present at the commemoration were PM Manmohan Singh and Senior Congress leader Motilal Vohra.

The award is presented to individuals or institutions, which uphold the cause of national integration
and understanding that was dearest to Indira Gandhi's heart.

The Indian National Congress in its Centenary year had instituted the award, which is held every year on October 31, the martyrdom day of Indira Gandhi.