Gita Press said on Monday that it would accept the Gandhi Peace Prize as it was a matter of great honour but would refuse the Rs 1 crore cash award.
Dr Lalmani Tiwari, the manager of Gita Press said that it will, however, accept the prize as it is a matter of honour.
“Gita Press has been conferred with Gandhi Peace Prize 2021. This is a very proud moment for us. We thank the govt of India and PM Modi for this award. We have denied accepting any kind of donations as it is our principle. However, we will certainly accept the award for its honour,” he said.
With 41.7 million volumes in 14 languages, including 16.21 million copies of the Shrimad Bhagvad Gita, Gita Press, one of the biggest publishers in the world, was founded in 1923.
The Central Government stated that the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2021 will be awarded to Gita Press of Gorakhpur for its “outstanding contribution towards social, economic, and political transformation through nonviolent and other Gandhian methods.”