MG Changemakers Season 4 applauds Padma Shri recipient Dr. Janak Palta for her quest towards sustainable community development

She has trained more than 40,000 students, 6000 tribal girls and young women from 500 villages across India via Jimmy McGilligan Centre for Sustainable Development & the Barli Development Institute 
Padma Shri recipient Dr. Janak Palta

Indore : MG Motor reaffirms its continuing commitment to honouring sustainable and innovative efforts that assist underserved communities through collective empowerment. The MG Changemakers initiative, now in its fourth season, recognizes and honors Dr. Janak Palta McGilligan, a Padma Shri recipient social worker and the founder-director of the Jimmy McGilligan Centre, for her work on sustainable community development. Janak Palta is well-known for conceptualizing sustainable living and empowering women.

Padma Shri recipient Dr. Janak Palta

Dr. Janak Palta was born into a Punjabi family and holds an MPhil in Political Science as well as a Doctorate in Sustainable Community Development. She is also known as' didi’ and has spent the last 33 years advocating for the sustainable living and empowerment of thousands of rural, tribal, and urban deprived girls, women, and men of all ages. Janak is an active advocate of solar cooking and strives hard to work hard towards the environment and empowerment with sheer perseverance and willpower. She and her late husband pioneered solar cooking to achieve sustainable living and began serving underprivileged rural and tribal women. In a bid to empower women to become positive social change agents, Janak started a development institute for rural women and named it 'Barli’, which means ‘central pillar that holds the house’, as she believes that women are the central pillars of society. Her institute works towards empowering people from the marginalized sections of the society. Furthermore, the center provides electricity to Sanawadiya village via solar cells and windmills. Janak also constructed an eco-friendly home with a large solar panel on top. In addition to this, Janak also educates people about the making of natural colors that can be used in Holi celebrations. She also works to raise awareness among cancer patients.

MG Changemakers is a community initiative that recognizes and honors the determined and courageous women who defy all odds to make a difference in society through innovation. This year, Season 4 of MG Changemakers directs a special focus on sustainability and highlights MG’s undying commitment to creating a positive society for all.