Amla Ruia Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Hometown: Mumbai
Age: 73 Years
Profession: Water Activist

Amla Ruia


Full NameAmla Ashok Ruia
Profession(s)Entrepreneur, Water Activist, and Educationist
Famous ForHer work in water harvesting in Rajasthan
Awards, Honours, Achievements • IIM Lucknow National Leadership Award (2011): For Community Service and Social Upliftment.
• India Eye International Human Rights Observer Achievement Award (2018)
• NBT Utsav Awards 2019
Amla Ruia with Her NBT Utsav Award 2019
Personal Life
Date of BirthYear 1946
Age (as in 2019) 73 Years
BirthplaceUttar Pradesh
HobbiesReading Books and Writing Poems
Relationships & More
Marital StatusWidowed
Husband/SpouseLate Ashok Ruia (Businessman)
Amla Ruia's Husband
ChildrenSon- Atul Ruia (MD of Phoenix and Palladium Malls)
Amla Ruia's Son and Daughter-in-Law
Daughter(s)- 2
• Sharmila Dalmia
• Kavita Khaitan
ParentsNames Not Known
Favourite Things
Favourite PoetMaithili Sharan Gupt
Favourite ActorAmitabh Bachchan

Amla Ruia

Some Lesser Known Facts About Amla Ruia

  • Amla Ruia is a famous Indian social activist known for her work in water harvesting. For her contribution to society, she is known as ‘Water Mother of India (Jal Maata).’
  • She was born into a spiritual family, and she got married to a well-known businessman.
  • Ruia’s first active work in the field of water harvesting came in the late 1990s when she watched a video of drought-ridden Rajasthan. She was so moved by the situation in Rajasthan that she decided to lend her help to the people of Rajasthan.
  • Later, she founded ‘Aakar Charitable Trust’ to support people facing the scarcity of water by building check dams. Her husband was from Ramgarh Shekhawati in Rajasthan, so, she decided to start from that place. Their first check dam was constructed in the Mandawar Village of Rajasthan. Reportedly, it was difficult to convince the local people, but gradually, they understood the importance of these dams.

    Amla Rumia at Her Project Site

    Amla Rumia at Her Project Site

  • From 2000 to 2005, they build almost 200 drinking water kunds. By the end of 2017, Aakar Charitable Trust had built more than 200 check dams in more than 115 villages in Rajasthan. Their trust provides 60-70% of the resources, and the rest of the amount is contributed by the villagers.

    One of the Amla Ruia's Water Saving Projects

    One of the Amla Ruia’s Water Saving Projects

  • Amla’s trust is not limited to Rajasthan only, but it has expanded its wings to other states also including Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Dantewada in Chhattisgarh. She joined the NGO called ‘Grammangal,’ which promotes education among villagers; with a special focus on girl’s education.
  • In an interview, when a reporter asked her about her biggest achievement, she said,

    Some people in the areas where we constructed check dams had not even seen how wheat is grown and now they cultivate wheat. The economic condition of these villagers has dramatically changed, and that gives great satisfaction.”

  • For her noble work and contribution to society, she has received many awards.

    Amla Ruia's Awards

    Amla Ruia’s Awards

  • In 2019, she appeared in the ‘Karmaveer’ episode (27 September 2019) of Kaun Banega Crorepati 11 (2019). Actor Randeep Hooda accompanied her on the hot seat.


Meet Karamveer Amla Ruia and get to know more about her conservation efforts on #KBCKaramveer Special, this Friday at 9 PM Amitabh Bachchan

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