Former AIIMS CVO Sanjiv Chaturvedi, Goonj founder Anshu Gupta conferred Magsaysay Award

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Whistleblower and bureaucrat Sanjiv Chaturvedi and Anshu Gupta, founder of NGO Goonj are among Indians who have been awarded the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2014.

Chaturvedi, who has earlier served as the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) at AIIMS during 2012-14, is an Indian Forest Service officer and currently the deputy secretary of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

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In 2014, Chaturvedi was relieved from the additional charge of CVO. Although he continued to retain the Deputy Director post at AIIMS, Chaturvedi had alleged that his removal from the CVO post was a result of campaign by corrupt officials. Allegations surfaced of BJP leader JP Nadda acting against Chaturvedi on behalf of Vineet Chaudhary, an IAS officer from his own state, Himachal Pradesh.

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During his stint as AIIMS CVO, Chaturvedi initiated actions in around 200 corruption cases; punishment was imposed in 78 cases, chargesheet was issued in 87 cases and more than 20 cases were referred to CBI for criminal investigation.

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Anshu Gupta
Anshu Gupta

The other Indian winner, Gupta founded Goonj in 1999 after leaving his corporate job to start the organisation.

A non-governmental organisation based in Delhi, Goonj works in 21 states across India in disaster relief, humanitarian aid and community development.

 

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