NEW DELHI, July 29 - Whistleblower bureaucrat Sanjiv Chaturvedi, who had initiated probe into alleged scams at AIIMS before being booted out as its Chief Vigilance Officer, and founder of NGO Goonj, Anshu Gupta, were today chosen for the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2015.
40-year-old Chaturvedi, an Indian Forest Service officer and currently the deputy secretary of AIIMS, has been selected for the award under the �Emergent Leadership� category for his �exemplary integrity, courage and tenacity in uncompromisingly exposing and painstakingly exposing corruption in public office�.
Gupta, who left his corporate job to start Goonj in 1999, has been selected for his creative vision in transforming the �culture of giving� in India and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity. Goonj collects used clothes and household goods and distributes them to the needy.
Chaturvedi said the recognition was a �strong morale booster� for the honest officers and added that he was able to �survive� only because of an �independent judiciary� in India. � PTI