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  project name ~ 2009-ArvindKejriwal-Saathiship

category ~ Saathi




  Project Name





AID India










  Budget Approved


Rs 240000


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Somu Kumar


College Park










Arvind Kejriwal is a social activist and crusader for greater transparency in Government machinery in India. He is the founder of Parivartan, a Delhi based citizens movement trying to ensure a just, transparent and accountable governance.

After graduating as a mechanical engineer from IIT Kharagpur in 1989, he joined the civil services in the Indian Revenue Service. Here he soon realized that much of the corruption prevalent in government is owing to lack of transparency in the process. Even while in his official position, he started crusading against the corrupt practices. After several years on Extra-Ordinary Leave from the Government, he resigned his official post and now devotes full time in promoting transparency and good governance.





Together with Aruna Roy and other activists, Arvind Kejriwal campaigned for the National Right to Information Act, which was passed in 2005. In July 2006, he spearheaded a successful awareness campaign, "Drive against Bribe" for promoting RTI across India. Awards * 2004 Ashoka Fellow * 2005 Satyendra Dubey Award for his campaign for bringing transparency in Government * 2006 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership. * 2006 Indian of the Year in Public Service





Arvind Kejriwal and his team of Parivartan volunteers strives for: # Stronger people’s movement for reinforcement of democratic values. # Strengthening of practices and systems which encourage participatory democracy including transparency and accountability. # Promote larger awareness of Right to Information among economically backward section of the society and encourage them to use RTI instead of paying Bribe in their day-to-day lives.



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