Late Madhavrao alias Annasaheb Godbole, BA, LLB was born on the 27th March 1905 in Islampur, Dist. Sangli, to a humble yet cultured family. In his childhood he faced dire conditions and completed educatio fighting against all odds. High moral, cultural and social values were imbibed in him in early childhood. It was very natural for him to take up social cause and serve society ceaselessly. He dedicated his life to social cause as a worker of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He has a distinction of being elected as the first MLA on the ticket of then Jansangh and now BJP.
His contrbution towards development of co-operative movement, especially in urban co-operative sector, was right from grass root was commendable. In 1935 during British Raj period, to serve common Indian, locals he established Sangli Urban Bank in Sangli and worked for development of this Bank till his last breath.
Development and progress, penetration of urban co-operative movement in every segment of society, establishing more and more urban co-operative banks was his single-minded focus. He inspired, encouraged, helped & guided establishment of various banks. Pune Janata Sahakari Bank, Pune Janaseva Bank, Bhagyalaxmi Bank, Nanded are few of the list.
He strongly believed that co-operative movement is highly potent movement and can be used for the benefits of masses. He stressed that intellectual, top-notch professional, quality people should join co-operative movement for it to flourish. To achieve this aim, he established Sahakar Bharati, an institute that very recently celebrated silver jubilee.
The movement that was stated on a very small scale, has spread allover the state has gained support and sanction from every segment of the society. Today we can our social fabric is incomplete without co-operative societies.
Work of Late Madhavrao alias Annasaheb Godbole was not limited to urban co-operative banking sector only. He inspired establishment gave impetus to development of various institutes like district central banks, Maharashtra state co-operative bank, various farmer’s co-operative organizations etc. He was associated with a specturm of organizations in various capacities. A lawyer by profession, he was a visionary, a thinker, a warm-hearted worker, eminent scholar, a loving family man and a father-figure. He was a power-house of strength for many organizations as well as individuals. He shouldered multiple responsibilities with equal skill, dedication and strength.
As an expression of gratitude and a tribute to his work, an award – ‘Late Madhavrao Godbole Memorial Award’ has been instituted to be given to an eminent personality forn his/her extraordinary contribution towards co-operative sector. The award is given by Sahakar Bharati.
स्व. माधवराव गोडबोले स्मृती पुरस्कार
सहकार भारतीच्या औरंगाबाद येथील अधिवेशनात सहकार भारतीचे पूर्व राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष, तसेच रा. स्व. संघाचे ज्येष्ठ स्वयंसेवक डॉ. अविनाश आचार्य यांना स्व. माधवराव गोडबोले पुरस्कार प्रदान करण्यात आला. प्रकृती अस्वास्थ्यामुळे डॉ. आचार्य यांच्या वतीने त्यांची कन्या सौ. आरती व जावई श्री. संजीवन हुजूरबाजार यांनी हा पुरस्कार भाजपचे ज्येष्ठ नेते श्री. गोपीनाथ मुंडे यांच्या हस्ते स्वीकारला.
३१ मे व १ जून २०१४ रोजी नाशिक येथे झालेल्या सहकार भारती अधिवेशनामध्ये स्व. म. ह. तथा आण्णासाहेब गोडबोले स्मृती पुरस्कार सहकार भरातीचे ज्येष्ठ नेते स्व. मधुकरराव कुलकर्णी यांना प्रदान करण्यात आला. हा पुरस्कार त्यांची कन्या अश्विनी अटकेकर यांनी श्री. एकनाथराव खडसे यांच्या हस्ते स्वीकारला. रोख ११ हजार व मानचिन्ह असे पुरस्काराचे स्वरूप आहे. पुरस्काराची रक्कम सहकार भारतीच्या कार्याला प्रदान करीत असल्याचे त्यांनी या वेळी जाहीर केले.