Chandigarh: Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal invited Lord Loomba CBE as state guest to attend the Republic Day ceremony in Chandigarh. At the Republic Day function, Lord Loomba was awarded the most prestigious state award ‘Praman Patra’ by the Chief Minister, in recognition of his social services in Punjab and India – particularly educating children of poor widows and empowering their mothers.
On 22nd August, 2014, the Loomba Foundation launched a project to help 5,000 disadvantaged widows in Punjab who will each receive a three months skill training to learn how to make garments. On completion of the training they will be given a sewing machine so that they can earn money, educate their children, support their family members and live a life of dignity.
Lord Loomba was humbled and honoured to receive the award. No matter how many honours, accolades, awards or prizes one may receive in his or her life, it is quite different when one is recognised by his or her your own people and community. Lord Loomba felt encouraged and proud to be a Punjabi.