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”.
Goonj works in 21 states across India in disaster relief, humanitarian aid and community development.
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.