Indians Sanjiv Chaturvedi, Anshu Gupta win prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Awards 2015

Bureaucrat Sanjeev Chaturvedi and Human Rights activist Anshu Gupta whose names were announced among the five awardees by Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF).

Sanjiv Chaturvedi is an Indian Forest Service officer and currently the deputy secretary of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).He also served as a Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) at AIIMS during 2012-14. According to the foundation, Mr. Chaturvedi has been awarded for “his exemplary integrity, courage and tenacity in uncompromisingly exposing and painstakingly investigating corruption in public office, and his resolute crafting of program and system improvements to ensure that government honorably serves the people of India.”

Whistleblower IFS officer Sanjieev Chaturvedi has unearthed scams in every place of posting.  Chaturvedi was removed in August last year from his post of Chief Vigilance Commissioner at AIIMS. He had alleged that he was transferred because he had detected irregularities at the institute.

Anshu Gupta, the founder of NGO Goonj, the statement said, is being recognised 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.”

Mr. Gupta, who left his corporate job to start the non profit organisation Goonj in the year 1999, is an elated man today.

Goonj is a non-governmental organisation based in Delhi, which works in 21 states across India in disaster relief, humanitarian aid and community development. It has converted 1,000 tonnes of used clothes, household goods and other urban discards into usable resources for the poor.

The other awardees are Kommaly Chanthavong, from Laos who is being recognised for her efforts to develop the ancient Laotian art of silk weaving, Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa from the Philippines for “her single-minded crusade in preserving the endangered artistic heritage of southern Philippines”.

Kyaw Thu from Myanmar, the statement said, was being recognised for “his generous compassion in addressing the fundamental needs of both the living and the dead in Myanmar — regardless of their class or religion — and his channeling personal fame and privilege to mobilize many others toward serving the greater social good.”

History – Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation

Established in 1957, the Ramon Magsaysay Award is Asia’s highest honour.

It celebrates the memory and leadership example of the third Philippine President after whom the award is named, and is given every year to individuals or organisations in Asia who manifest the same selfless service and transformative influence that ruled the life of the late and beloved Filipino leader.

The 2015 Magsaysay awardees join the community of 307 other Magsaysay laureates who have received Asia’s highest honour till date.

This year’s Magsaysay Award winners will each receive a certificate, a medallion bearing the likeness of the late President, and a cash prize. They will be formally conferred the Magsaysay Award on 31 August at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, social activist and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, social activist Aruna Roy are among other Indians who have received the award in recent years.