Two Indians, social worker Anshu Gupta and whistleblower Sanjiv Chaturvedi, are among five honoured with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay awards declared on Wednesday.
The citations credits Gupta for:
“…his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor, and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity. “
Chaturvedi has been recognized for:
“…his exemplary integrity, courage and tenacity in uncompromisingly exposing and painstakingly investigating corruption in public office, and his resolute crafting programmes and system improvements to ensure that government honourably serves the people of India”.
Gupta heads the NGO Goonj, which believes in reusing clothes and other material to turn into a valuable resource, to create “a parallel economy which is not cash-based but trash-based”.
Goonj works in 21 states across India in disaster relief, humanitarian aid and community development.
Sanjiv Chaturvedi, an Indian Forest Service officer and a former Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) at AIIMS, was relieved from his post in 2014.
He had alleged that his removal from the post was a result of campaign by corrupt officials because he had revealed large-scale irregularities at the institute.
NDTV reports that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had requested the Centre to have Chaturvedi deputed as his officer on special duty or OSD, which is still pending.
Established in 1957, the Ramon Magsaysay Award is Asia’s highest honour and is widely regarded as the region’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. The Magsaysay awards celebrate the memory and leadership example of the third Philippine president after whom the award is named.