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‘I am happy as well as sad’: Kejriwal

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 1, 2006

‘I am happy as well as sad’: Kejriwal
Monday July 31 2006 16:58 IST

NEW DELHI: The sense of joy on winning the Magasaysay award was mixed with a tinge of sadness for anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal who regrets that he has not received due recognition for his work in his own country.

“I am happy as well as sad,” said Kejriwal, who heads ‘Parivartan’, a Delhi-based “citizens’ movement” against corruption, as he heard the news of his selection for this year’s award for emergent leadership.

He said the award was an international recognition of his fight against corruption, which has not been recognised by the government.

“The government’s decision to change the right to information act will kill the entire legislation,” said Kejriwal, a mechanical engineer from IIT Kharagpur.

Kejriwal joined the civil services as a member of the Indian revenue service in 1992, is currently on leave from the government for two years.

He said by keeping file notings outside the purview of the act, the government proposes to keep key information of a particular decision-making process away from the reach of the common man.

“Being in government service, I know how important these notings are every information of any decision making process has a link with the noting,” Kejriwal said.

He said the RTI act came into force about eight months back and the government should leave it unchanged for at least two-to-three years before making any decision on changing it.


8 Responses to “‘I am happy as well as sad’: Kejriwal”

  1. Congratulations, Arvind ji. It is a win of all of us who have been fighting for Right to Information for a long period. This award has been given you at a time when the right to information is at stake. We must vow to fight for complete right of information, as envisaged in the RTI Act, 2005, in letter & spirit.

    We have been fighting together along with other like-minded voluntary organisations like Azadi Bachao Andolan. It is high time, when we should come forward unitedly to protect our rights.

  2. अरविन्दजी आपको हार्दिक बधाई.

    आपके संगठन परिवर्तन ने सचमुच भागीरथ प्रयास किए हैं.

    सरकार जिस तरह से इस कानुन का गला घोंटना चाहती है वह निन्दनीय है. हम इसका विरोध करते हैं

  3. अरविन्द जी हार्दिक बधाई।
    आपकी इस लडाई मे हम आपके साथ है!

  4. हार्दिक बधाई!
    मैं शर्मिन्दा हूं कि इस ईनाम की घोषणा से पहले मैंने आपके बारे में नहीं सुना था।
    इस नेक काम के लिये मेरा अभिनन्दन।
    मुकेश बंसल

  5. हार्दिक बधाई अरविन्द जी!!!

  6. Nitin Pathak said

    Hearty Congratulations!
    I got lot impressed by ur work done …
    Also I tried to read all the articles regarding u!

    S definately …u deserved

  7. ranjana said

    i am single & want to work with you.also want to know your add.

  8. Ashok Kadfoo said

    arrogancy of kumar viswas will downslide the cause of AAP.Now is the time to sweeten yr language.Wanshvaad is with every family of India.
    Vanshwad is with everyone . Jo india mein nokari kar raha hai, Chahe wo doctor ho ya vakil, Pis raha hai AAm Adami.

    Put yr principles

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