Kejriwal to receive Magsaysay Award
Posted by rtiact2005 on August 1, 2006
Monday, July 31, 2006 (New Delhi):
Arvind Kejriwal, head of the Delhi-based NGO Parivartan, has been chosen for this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award.
Kejriwal was selected for the honour for leading the Right to Information movement in India.
The movement created awareness on fighting corruption and making the government more accountable.
Kejriwal organised and led a special RTI campaign from July 1-15, which involved 700 civil society organisations.
As part of the campaign, 1500 volunteers were trained to handle RTI centres in 55 cities, who helped people file applications under the RTI Act.
NDTV was a media partner in the campaign, which saw over 20,000 RTI applications being filed in the 15 days – more than those filed in the eight months since the RTI Act came in force.
Kejriwal will be presented the award, along with five other Asians, in Manila on August 31.