Right to Information – Master key to good governance

Common man is one up!

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 9, 2006

Common man is one up!

Arvind Kejriwal feels the Magsaysay Award is a victory for the people’s movement.

Big changes always begin with small steps. And a lot of guts Arvind Kejriwal should know. This Ramon Magsaysay Award winner gave up his IRS job to bring a change his organisation, Parivartan.

And from then, it was a struggle to help common people get a right to know what the babus did the Right to Information.

For 31-year-old Kejriwal, the dichotomy is ironical. While the world recognises and is awarding his work, the Indian government is trying to put a stopper.

“The government is trying to kill the Right to Information Act by bringing amendments in it. The whole idea is to empower poor citizens to fight against corruption and while the world recognises this, the government is quietly diluting it,”rues Kejriwal.

But when did this urge to change the Indian system get so strong for him that he even chucked his job? “I was working as an additional commissioner in the Income Tax office. But I always felt strongly against rampant corruption. Things had to be changed. I took up the challenge and formed my own organisation, Parivartan, in 2000. Since my job didn’t leave me with enough time for this work, I finally decided to quit.”

And did his family support him? “Completely, especially my wife Sunita who is working as a joint commissioner with the IT department,”he smiles.



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