His Holiness Shivkumar Swameeji
Shekamma Hucchappa Vani
When Shekamma and her husband Huchhappa of Kallu Tavaragera village of Koppal district got their share of land from their family, it was nothing but 3 acres full of rocks. She decided to take up agriculture on this rock-strewn place and brought soil from nearby tanks. She applied a layer of soil (about 2 ft. thick) on the rocks. She then planted Crossandra (Kanakambara flowers) and earned Rs 7,000 from her very first harvest of flowers. Since then, she has been putting in a lot of hard work to make things happen. She transported more soil from 2 to 3 tanks in the surrounding areas with the help of tractors. She did vermi-composting and cultivated groundnut, maize, jowar etc. Now she is an expert in paddy cultivation too. Over the past years, she has managed to get a rich harvest of hundreds of fruits. She took up the challenge and made the rocky stretch fertile. She has been awarded with many honors. Nowadays, she guides the students of agricultural colleges.
Sangamesh N Mutt
Sangamesh N. Mutt started as a Forester in 1977 in the Karnataka Forest Department. He stopped the regular hunting of wildlife by the Navayaths (a community, origin of which is in Arab countries) by strict vigil, day and night patrolling and booking cases against the culprits. In 1981, in the Manki Range in South Canara district, he stopped illicit wood cutting activities. As an RFO in the Black Buck Sanctuary, Ranebennur, he has protected the Black Bucks from poachers and hunters. He has persuaded the villagers to not cut trees and helped them have smokeless chullahs and gobar gas units. He vaccinated the cattle and sheep of the surrounding villages to prevent the spread of diseases.