Nashik: Subhash Mendhapurkar, founder and director of Himachal-based NGO 'Sutra', working for rehabilitating widows and women suffering from violence in Solan area there has been selected for the National Sarda Equal Opportunities Award, instituted by city-based Sarda Foundation.

The award, which will be presented to the activist on March 28 in Mumbai, carries a cash purse of Rs 7.51 lakh, a memento and a citation, said Hemant Shingne, Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation.

Mendhapurkar, hailing from Maharashtra's Solapur district formed Sutra, with a platform called 'Ekal Nari Shakti Sanghatana' towards securing the rights of deserted and divorced women and help them live with dignity.

Sutra has a total membership of 6059 single women (including unmarried and those suffering violence), spread across 194 panchayats and 18 development blocks with the help of some sister organisations since 2008.

Efforts are made to get financial assistance to these affected women under various government schemes and mother Teresa schemes, widow pension and Chief Minister's 'Kanyadaan Yojana', Shingne said.

Mendhapurkar also received man of the year award in 2008 and peace award in 2005 besides many other honours to his credit.

The Sarda foundation was formed in 2000 in memory of late Bastiram Sarda, a leading industrialist and philanthropist.     The Foundation has so far given these national level awards to many people including Balasaheb Kolekar, Madhusudan Mistry, Viji Srinivasan and Ratan Katyayani among others.