Gamit Ramilaben Raysingbhai (born 1 June 1969) is a tribal social worker from Taparwada Village, Tapi district, Gujarat, India, known for her work in transforming several villages in Gujarat to open-defecation free villages. She is also known for her work for the empowerment of rural women by setting up a large number of self help groups of women.[1] In the year 2022, the government of India honoured Gamit Ramilaben Raysingbhai by conferring the Padma Shri Award for her contribution to social work.[2]

Life and work

Ramilaben Raysingbhai born on 1 June 1969, in the Gamit community which is a community of Adivasi indigenous Bhil people of Gujarat. The community is included in the state list of scheduled tribes. She has had formal education up to Standard X only. Coming from a humble background, she worked at the grass root level, and her efforts helped to transform nine villages into open defecation free villages. She created more than 700 sanitary units. She also conducted several awareness programmes on the ill-effects of open defecation. For the empowerment of tribal women, she helped set up 162 self help groups of women, and through these self help groups, the benefits of many government schemes for the uplift of women were made available to the tribal community. These included benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana, Atal Pension Yojana, and Sukanya Yojana. She worked especially for the welfare of widows by creating awareness about several schemes intended for the benefit of widows. She was also in the forefront in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.[1][3][4]

Padma Shri award

In the year 2022, the government of India conferred the Padma Shri Award, the third highest award in the Padma series of awards, on Gamit Ramilaben Raysingbhai for her distinguished service in the field of social work.[2] The award was in recognition of her service as a "Tribal social worker - leading SHGs in working across education, healthcare and sanitation".[5]

Other recognitions

Some other awards conferred on Ramilaben include:[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Citation for Padma Shri: Gamit Ramilaben Raysingbhai" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Padma Awards 2022" (PDF). Padma Awards. Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-01-25. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Who Is Gamit Ramilaben Raysingbhai?". SheThePeople. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Padma Shri Ramilaben Gamit is role model & inspiration for Adivasis: Gandhinagar BJP ST Cell chief Aarti Bhil". Navjeevan Express. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards 2022". Padma Awards. Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India. Archived from the original on 2022-01-29. Retrieved 11 February 2022.

President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Ramilaben Raysingbhai on YouTube