Pallium India Founder-Chairman Dr. M. R. Rajagopal is the first recipient of the TNG Award instituted by Asianet News in memory of veteran journalist T N Gopakumar. Former Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju conferred the honour on Dr. Rajagopal during a ceremony to commemorate the first death anniversary of T N Gopakumar on January 30, 2017 in Thiruvananthapuram.
The award consists of ₹2 lakh, a citation and a memento designed by sculptor Kanayi Kunjiraman. Accepting the award and expressing his gratitude to Asianet News on behalf of patients and palliative care supporters, Dr Rajagopal said, “The two lakhs cash award will go towards providing medicines and support to patients and families being cared for by Pallium India.” Dr Rajagopal also urged the media to be the catalytic force in empowering patients and their families to become partners in the health care system.
Asianet News Chairman K. Madhavan, renowned oncologist Dr. M V Pillai, writer Paul Zacharia, Asianet News Director Frank P. Thomas, editor M. G Radhakrishnan and Kerala Chief Secretary S M Vijayanand, among others, were present on the occasion.