On November 20, 2018, film star Amitabh Bachchan was awarded the third Sayaji Ratna Award in Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara for his social contribution to pay off the loans of several farmers from Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.
i. He had helped 1,398 farmers from Uttar Pradesh and 350 from Maharashtra through his contribution.
ii. The first 2 recipients of the award were: Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy and industrialist Ratan Tata.
About the Award:
♦ It was established in the memory of erstwhile Baroda ruler Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 2013 by the Baroda Management Association to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the ruler.