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Sanjiv Chaturvedi moves Central Administrative Tribunal against AIIMS Director

Chaturvedi approached the Tribunal on May 25 demanding that all the work for which the post of Deputy Secretary at AIIMS was created should be allocated to him.
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The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has sought a response of the Director, AIIMS on a plea by ex-CVO of the institute Sanjiv Chaturvedi seeking perjury proceedings against the Director. Chaturvedi approached the Tribunal on May 25 demanding that all the work for which the post of Deputy Secretary at AIIMS was created should be allocated to him.According to the basic reference order issued by the Health Ministry on June 23, 2011, the officer joining the post of Deputy Secretary would be given the task of monitoring and supervision of infrastructure projects going on in the institute, management and control of the institute and coordination with multi-disciplinary experts.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In his petition to CAT, Chaturvedi, a Magsaysay awardee, has demanded that the order of the Health Ministry be immediately implemented as he was totally “jobless” for the past one year after being removed from the post of CVO.Related read: Whistleblower Sanjiv Chaturvedi donates Magsaysay award money to AIIMSIn response to the Tribunal’s notice, the Director said that the June 23, 2011 order regarding work allocation of the Health Ministry has been implemented in “letter and spirit”.Following this, Chaturvedi, filed an application before the Tribunal placing the documents that he was never allocated any office work and sought perjury proceedings against the Director. The Tribunal has fixed the next hearing on October 15.

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Whistleblower Sanjiv Chaturvedi donates Magsaysay award money to AIIMS

Former Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of AIIMS, Sanjiv Chaturvedi, who was honoured with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award recently, has donated the entire award money to AIIMS for treatment of poor patients.

Former Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of AIIMS, Sanjiv Chaturvedi, who was honoured with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award recently, has donated the entire award money to AIIMS for treatment of poor patients.”I am donating the entire award money into the accounts of the institute (after depositing advance income tax of Rs 5.63 lakh on the said award money) for providing financial assistance to the treatment of the poor patients, particularly those affected by various types of cancer,” Chaturvedi said in his letter to AIIMS director.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chaturvedi has received Rs 19.85 lakh as award money of which Rs 5.63 lakh has to be deposited as advance tax.He also requested for a separate register to be maintained to record complete detail of the patients and financial assistance granted to them, in a transparent manner.”I request that a separate register may be maintained under the supervision of medical superintendent to record complete detail of the patients and financial assistance granted to them, in a transparent manner so that the said amount could be utilised in most effective manner,” Chaturvedi said.Chaturvedi, who is currently posted as deputy secretary of AIIMS, was removed from the post of CVO in August last year.The 2002-batch Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer of Haryana cadre got repatriated to Uttarakhand recently.Chaturvedi was recognised 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.”

Who introduced ‘VRS’ in OROP? Veterans call it mischief by babus

New Delhi: After a long day of hectic activity, a big announcement and sharp reactions thereafter, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar met ex-servicemen who have been on a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar on Saturday evening and sought to clarify the misgivings on the word VRS which finds its way into the government’s OROP announcement. He is believed to have agreed with the veterans that there is indeed nothing called VRS (voluntary retirement from service) in the defence services and the right word to replace it would be pre-mature retirement (PMR).

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Representational image. PTI

It’s not clear yet whether the protesters are fully satisfied with the minister’s gesture – there are conflicting reports on this – but they are certainly wary of the use of VRS, which started making its presence felt in the whole OROP stand-off very late. Many ex-servicemen from the three wings of the defence forces called it a “bureaucratic mischief”.

“There’s nothing called VRS in defence services; it’s nonsensical. Some bureaucrat with ulterior motive has introduced it to mislead our movement and the government. The objective behind this is to prevent extending OROP to those who have taken pre-mature retirement,” Maj Gen (retd) Jagjit Singh Mahil, a member of the ex-servicemen group on agitation told Firstpost.

VRS vs PMR

According to ex-servicemen, there’s no concept of VRS in defence service. Instead, there is the PMR, which a jawan or an official can opt for during his service tenure.

· VRS is a scheme offered by the government undertakings, PSUs, banks, corporate sector – in which a lump sum amount is given to the employee as ‘golden handshake’ and no pension is offered.

· In defence services, for officers, the minimum permissible service period is 20 years, whereas for the jawans, it’s 15 years, to be eligible for PMR.

· After completing the statutory period, if one seeks PMR and it is accepted, the officer or the jawan becomes entitled for pension.

· If an officer or a jawan is short even by a day in completing his permissible service period and gets PMR, he won’t be eligible for pension.

· PMR is usually applied by defence personnel, in the following cases: (1) when one is superseded by a junior and the former doesn’t want to work under the latter (2) fails to get promoted on time, and decides not to continue (3) unfit on medical grounds (4) extraordinary conditions related to personal problems.

· The government has said the OROP scheme will not be applicable to pre-mature retirees.

· Ex-servicemen have demanded OROP for pre-mature retirees as well.

General (retd) VK Chaturvedi said, “We have the PMR system and those who go for it should also be given OROP because they have served the defence forces and are drawing pension. They are relieved with the consent of the ministry. If it rejects their application, they cannot leave the service. Therefore, OROP becomes their legitimate right.”

Added Commodore (retd) Yashwant Prakash added, “It’s misleading to equate VRS with PMR. If, one doesn’t complete his permissible period, his option of getting pension automatically becomes invalid and so there’s no question of OROP. But, if he’s eligible for pension, OROP should be applicable to him as in normal case announced by the government.”

Though, the retired defence personnel on agitation welcomed the government’s OROP announcement, they were visibly angry on the use of the term ‘VRS’ and said they would continue with their relay hunger strike and agitation.

The leader of the movement on OROP, Maj Gen (retd) Satbir Singh said, “Government agreed to OROP implementation. We welcome this move. But, we’ll approach Defence Ministry for clarification on ‘VRS’. We want that OROP should be applicable to pre-mature retirees as well. If the government agrees to this demand of ours, we’ll withdraw our fast unto death, but continue our agitation and hunger strike till all conditions are fulfilled.”

No one has the clue how this term ‘VRS’ got onto the negotiation table. According to the ex-servicemen, the term ‘VRS’ came into existence “all of a sudden” some three-four days ago during discussions with the government.

A majority of those on agitation believes that “it was done intentionally to derail the process”, but nobody has any idea who put this term into their negotiation with the government.

“It got into the discussion some three-four days back. It’s the game of the IAS lobby which controls each and every decision-making body of the government. And, it’s not possible to have VRS in defence service, as there’s already shortage of 12,500 officers. The question doesn’t arise. In fact, the government wants to keep 40% of those who seek PMR out of OROP to save money,” said Capt (retd) Shubhendu Kumar.

Whistleblower Sanjiv Chaturvedi conferred with Magsaysay Award

Chaturvedi, who was selected for “his exemplary integrity, courage and tenacity in uncompromisingly exposing and painstakingly investigating corruption in public office, said the award will “certainly serve as a huge morale booster for all honest and sincere civil servants everywhere in Asia”.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III presents Sanjiv Chaturvedi with the Ramon Magsaysay award in a ceremony Monday, Aug 31, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila.

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Whistleblower bureaucrat Sanjiv Chaturvedi, who was conferred the Magsaysay Award for 2015 on Monday along with founder of NGO Goonj Anshu Gupta, said the prestigious award would serve as a “huge morale booster” for honest and sincere civil servants in Asia.40-year-old Chaturvedi, who initiated probe into alleged scams at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi before being booted out as its Chief Vigilance Officer, said in his speech at the award ceremony in the Philippines capital in Manila that Indian youth wants to eradicate corruption.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Majority of India’s population is in the age group of fifteen to thirty-five years old, and there is a strong urge among them to eradicate corruption and to bring about a transparent and equitable system of public service and governance,” said the Indian Forest Service officer and currently the deputy secretary of AIIMS.Chaturvedi, who was selected for “his exemplary integrity, courage and tenacity in uncompromisingly exposing and painstakingly investigating corruption in public office, said the award will “certainly serve as a huge morale booster for all honest and sincere civil servants everywhere in Asia”.”I accept this award with happiness – but also with a huge sense of responsibility; and I promise to do my best to live up to the standards set by the luminary community of Magsaysay awardees,” he added.Related read: All you need to know about whistleblower and Magsaysay award winner Sanjeev ChaturvediGupta, who left his corporate job to start Goonj in 1999 at the age of 27, said the award is “recognition to the many ‘taken for granted, non issues’ and the viable solutions which lie amongst us”.”We don’t want to change the world; we are ordinary people, we want to improve it first. We strongly feel that somewhere, something is wrong. Because despite a whole lot of us in this room and many similar rooms across the globe who are applying so much intellect, resources, good intentions and hard work to improve our societies – poverty and other troubling issues are not getting resolved. The gap is growing, the issues becoming more complicated,” Gupta added.Terming poverty as the “biggest ongoing disaster”, Gupta said it is time to stop imposing development agendas and policies, and listen to the people whom these decisions affect. He said he has “high hopes from the youth, even as they are the most troubled with the present; the future is in their hands”.Doing good is a collective responsibility, added Gupta, whose volunteer group provides clothing to the poor and makes inexpensive sanitary pads for women. Philippines President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III handed over a gold medallion and a USD 30,000 prize to them.Kommaly Chanthavong from Laos, Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa from the Philippines and Kyaw Thu from Myanmar were the other three 2015 Magsaysay awardees who received Asia’s highest honour regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize.

Whistleblower and Magsaysay awardee IFS officer Chaturvedi gets promotion after court case

New Delhi: Whistleblower Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi has secured a Director-level promotion, nearly two months after he approached the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in this regard.

Named as one of the winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2015, Chaturvedi was also in the spotlight after being removed from the post of Chief Vigilance Officer in 2014 at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) over what he claimed was his role in exposing alleged corruption at the premier institute.

The CVO acts as a distant arm of the Central Vigilance Commission.

Sanjiv Chaturvedi. Image courtesy: IBNLive

Sanjiv Chaturvedi. Image courtesy: IBNLive

“The Governor of Haryana is pleased to grant selection grade to Chaturvedi with effect from January 1, 2015,” an order issued Friday by Haryana government said.

After the promotion, Chaturvedi’s designation would change from Deputy Secretary to that of Director.

“It was my legitimate right. But it is unfortunate that to get it also I was compelled to move CAT. It was only after the court’s notice that the promotion order was issued just two days before the hearing as the government had no reply,” he told PTI.

Chaturvedi, a 2002-batch IFS officer, was to be promoted from 1 January, 2015. However, his promotion was withheld for allegedly exposing corruption at AIIMS and during his stint in Haryana.

He had submitted a number of representations but his case was not even considered in two Departmental Promotion Committee meetings held on 27 January and 16 June, 2015. Meantime, all his batchmates were promoted.

Chaturvedi, who is presently serving as Deputy Secretary in AIIMS, had approached CAT on 29 June claiming that his promotion has been kept pending due to his expose of corruption at AIIMS and his refusal to withdraw a case filed by him before Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe against certain bureaucrats and politicians in Haryana for their alleged involvement in corruption.

The court had admitted his plea and notices were issued to the Centre and Haryana government on 1 July. The hearing of the case was scheduled for Monday. However, on Friday his order was issued.

Chaturvedi’s cadre was recently changed to Uttarakhand from Haryana.

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Sanjiv Chatuvedi gets inter cadre transfer

Chaturvedi, a career whistleblower, and recent Magsaysay award winner, filed his application in 2012, after facing much harassment from the Haryana government, given his penchant for exposing major scams involving big money, politicians and high level officers, such as in Hisar and Jhajjar districts.

Indian Forests Services officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi came out triumphant after a three-year battle with the state, as the Appointments Committee of Cabinet approved his inter-cadre deputation from Haryana to Uttarakhand. The ACC, controlled by the PMO, had previously worked against this deputation, sending Chaturvedi’s application back to square one, in the beginning of 2015, until it was hauled up by the Central Administrative Tribunal.Chaturvedi, a career whistleblower, and recent Magsaysay award winner, filed his application in 2012, after facing much harassment from the Haryana government, given his penchant for exposing major scams involving big money, politicians and high level officers, such as in Hisar and Jhajjar districts. In a span of five years, he has faced 12 transfers, and there have been an unprecedented four Presidential orders issued to quash illegal cases against him. A CBI probe, too, established his claims of harassment by the then state government in Haryana, and an MOEF recommendation agreed on the need for cadre change on grounds of extreme hardship.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Later, as the Central Vigilance Officer at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Chaturvedi again went after corrupt practices on campus, which resulted in his removal from the post by the then union health minister Harsh Vardhan.Though Chaturvedi got all the necessary clearances and no objection certificates by the Haryana and the Uttarakhand state governments, the ACC, in January 2015, sent the application back to the MOEF for fresh NOCs. This, despite Chaturvedi following all the due processes.The CAT took note and, in May, quashed the ACC’s order, giving the NDA government two months to decide the case.On 10 August, Chaturvedi issued a contempt notice as no action had been taken on the CAT’s order and on 12 August, the ACC passed an order for his cadre change.In this long fight, many skeletons of have come tumbling out of the closet, thanks to Chaturvedi’s relentless digging. The day he was named as one of the Magsaysay winners, he told the press that thanks to an RTI he had found out that “in August 2014, the PM sought a meeting with the then health minister about my removal as CVO.” Though he appealed to the PMO for fair hearing, his harassment only got worse, he said. The health ministry issued press releases with false data pertaining to complaints against him in AIIMS, though the institute’s own report mentioned no such thing.

Whistleblower Sanjeev Chaturvedi transferred from Haryana to Uttarakhand cadre

The Centre approved the inter-cadre transfer of Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer on Sunday

Sanjeev Chaturvedi

Former AIIMS Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) Sanjeev Chaturvedi has been transferred from Haryana cadre to Uttarakhand cadre.The Centre approved the inter-cadre transfer of Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer on Sunday. The Ramon Magsaysay Award winner was given clearance for his inter-cadre deputation by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on August 12.Earlier, Chaturvedi was removed from the post of CVO of AIIMS. This was done even though his appointment order had been for a fixed tenure of four years, ending in June 2016. Chaturvedi also has a reputation as a whistle blower and was reportedly transferred numerous times for exposing scams. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also Read: All you need to know about whistleblower and Magsaysay award winner Sanjeev Chaturvedi

Raising subsidised Parliamentary canteen food issue a ‘conspiracy’, alleges SP MP

Raising the issue as soon as the House met for the day, Agarwal said there was a “conspiracy to sully the image of members of Parliament” in the raising of the issue relating to the huge subsidy bill of the Parliament canteen.

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Amid controversy over subsidised food in Parliament canteen, an SP member on Monday said there was a “conspiracy” to sully the image of parliamentarians and asked the government to come out with details on how many MPs actually eat in the canteen.Virtually in agreement with SP’s Naresh Agarwal, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad termed the matter as “a very serious issue” as it involved the prestige of the House. Raising the issue as soon as the House met for the day, Agarwal said there was a “conspiracy to sully the image of members of Parliament” in the raising of the issue relating to the huge subsidy bill of the Parliament canteen. He wanted the government to give data on how many MPs actually consumed canteen food as well as how many Parliament staff, security personnel and journalists ate the same below market priced food.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We condemn attempts to sully the image of MPs. The House should pass a resolution on it,” Agarwal said. While Minister of State for Parliament Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the government was ready for a discussion on the issue, Prasad said a very serious issue has been raised by Agarwal and as it involved prestige of the House, a discussion can start immediately. Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said asked members to move appropriate motion for a discussion. “Since there is no motion, I cannot allow discussion,” he said. Days after a Minister said ‘no work, no pay’ should be applicable to MPs as well, Congress member Satyavrat Chaturvedi said he supported the concept and demanded that the principle be applied retrospectively from 2004 and any over-payment done without work being transacted in Parliament be recovered.Chaturvedi made the statement as an apparent dig at the BJP which had disrupted Parliament session after session over telecom and coal scams during the erstwhile UPA rule since 2004. Earlier, Congress members from Andhra Pradesh held placards demanding special status to the state. “Implement Special Status for Andhra Pradesh State,” the placards read.Kurien asked members not to display posters, saying this was against rules. He said he was ready to allow a discussion on the issue but wanted members to give notice. “They (government) cannot respond to indiscipline. This is indiscipline for which treasury benches cannot respond.” Prasad said the government was ready for a debate on Telengana and Andhra Pradesh. “Government has already said they are ready for discussion on this Andhra issue. Give notice,” Kurien said.

Dawood’s execution would have satisfied us more: 1993 blast victim’s kin on Yakub Memon’s hanging

Mathura: The family of a 1993 Mumbai blasts victim hailed Yakub Memon’s hanging, saying it is the victory of law and hoped that fugitive mobster Dawood Ibrahim would meet the same fate.

The city resident Ashok Chaturvedi (25) was killed in Mumbai following series of blasts on March 12, 1993. The deceased Chaturvedi’s family has all praise for the learned judges of apex court for ultimately providing justice to his family by awarding death sentence to one of the accused of the serial blasts.

File image of Dawood Ibrahim. AgenciesFile image of Dawood Ibrahim. Agencies

File image of Dawood Ibrahim. Agencies

“Our family specially my mother virtually broke down after the death of my elder brother Ashok Chaturvedi (25) who was seriously injured in Mumbai blasts on March 12, 1993 near Air India building and succumbed to injuries in Jaslok Hospital on March 17, 1993,” said Deepak, the younger brother of the deceased.

However this Wednesday has become important in their family as apex court has confirmed death sentence of the main accused Memon, he said.

“It virtually is the victory of law of our country,” he said, adding Dawood should also be nabbed. “My family would be more satisfied if other accused specially Dawood would also be given the same treatment,” he concluded.

Over 22 years after the 1993 Mumbai blasts, Yakub Memon, the sole convict on death row, was hanged on his 53rd birthday on Thursday after failure of last-gasp efforts by his counsels to stall the execution that led the Supreme Court to hear his plea in the wee hours before throwing it out.

Memon, whom the Supreme Court had described as the “driving spirit” behind the worst terror assault till date that left 257 dead and 713 wounded, was hanged at the Nagpur Central Jail shortly before 7am, just about two hours after his last-ditch attempt to gain reprieve came to naught.

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A whistleblower and a social worker: Meet Magsaysay awardees Sanjiv Chaturvedi, Anshu Gupta

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Whistleblower Indian forest officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi, who was removed from the post of Chief Vigilance officer at AIIMS, and founder of NGO Goonj Anshu Gupta are the two Indians selected for this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award.

If you are unfamiliar with their work, here’s all you need to know about the awardees.

Sanjiv Chaturvedi

On Wednesday, Sanjiv Chaturvedi, the former Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) at AIIMS was named for the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2015.

In its release, RMAF said,”Sanjeev Chaturvedi is being recognised 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 honourably serves the people of India.”

An officer of the Indian Forest Service (IFS), Chaturvedi unearthed scams in every place of posting. According to a profile by the Hindu, today he is one of the most sought after speaker on ‘Anti-corruption Strategies’ for probationers at the IAS, IPS and IFS training academies.

In 2005, while posted in Kurukshetra, Chaturvedi halted work on a canal being built illegally in Saraswati Wildlife Sanctuary. He demanded action against MLA Prahlad Singh Gillakhera whose relatives were buying rare trees for their gardens with crores from the state exchequer, reports Tehelka. The result: he was given a severe warning and transferred.

In August 2007, he was suspended for insubordination and also served a charge sheet for dismissal from service. This was reversed five months later, by a Presidential order that termed the grounds for his suspension as “unjustified.”

Anshu Gupta and Sanjiv Chaturvedi.Anshu Gupta and Sanjiv Chaturvedi.

Anshu Gupta and Sanjiv Chaturvedi.

In 2009, Chaturvedi went on to expose large-scale bungling in plantation projects funded by the Centre and international agencies in Jhajjar and Hissar divisions.

Around 40 field staff were chargesheeted based on the evidence, and since the scandal broke in the midst of the 2009 Lok Sabha election campaign, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s son, Deepender Singh Hooda, in whose constituency Jhajjar falls, was hugely embarrassed, reports the Hindu.

Five months later Chaturvedi suspended the foresters, Sanjiv Tomar, a range officer, was found dead at his home in Jhajjar. The police lodged a case against Chaturvedi for abetting suicide. An internal police inquiry found no evidence to implicate Chaturvedi but the inquiry report was not filed before the trial court.

In 2012, Ram Pal Tomar, father of Shanjiv Tomar stated before the IG of Police, Rohtak that his son had committed suicide because he had been suspended by Chaturvedi. The case was reopened.

He was relieved by the Central government against the wishes of the Haryana government, and in June took over as the Chief Vigilance Officer of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Delhi.

He was also given the additional charge of Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) at AIIMS.

In 2014, Chaturvedi again stirred up a storm. He was relieved from the additional charge of CVO, although he continued to retain the Deputy Director post at AIIMS.

“On the one hand, the prime minister has declared, ‘Na khaoonga, na khaane doonga’ and on the other hand, in the most prestigious medical institute in the country, right here in Delhi, certain corrupt elements succeed in achieving what they could not in the past two years,” wrote Chaturvedi in a letter to the new health minister Harsh Vardhan of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), alleging that his removal from the CVO post was a result of campaign by corrupt officials.

AIIMS staff expressed support for him in public; the Aam Aadmi Party held protests backing him; the AIIMS students union demanded his reinstatement; the media too pleaded his case. As a forest service officer, Chaturvedi comes under the Union environment ministry. It has given him a clean chit in a letter to the health ministry, where he is on deputation, reports the Outlook.

On 2015, after taking office in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal wrote to the Center seeking the services Chaturvedi for his measures against corruption, as his officer on special duty (OSD). The decision is still pending with the Center.

Anshu Gupta

An unusual visit to Purani Delhi on a cold December night changed life for Anshu Gupta, founder of Goonj, whose name has been announced on Wednesday as a Ramon Magasaysay award winner. In an interview with Business Standard in May last year, he described the experience of accompanying an “unclaimed body collector” to collect the dead body of an old man.

The man, who was wearing only a thin cotton shirt and seemed to have died of the cold. That is when Anshu decided to work on humanitarian aid and clothing for underprivileged people, described by his NGO’s website as “a basic but unaddressed need”.

The NGO, Goonj, works on humanitarian aid and community development in 21 states of India. It seeks to bridge the gap between extreme poverty and affluence, by making discarded material from well-off people a resource for those living in poverty. The organization has now been working for 16 years. It is now said to deal with more than 1000 tonnes of material every year-not just clothes, but also school material, furniture and electronic items.

According to a DNA report, Gupta has been honoured with the Magasaysay award 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.”

Possibly one of the best-recognized initiatives which Goonj is associated with is the Joy of Giving week, which is organized around Gandhi Jayanti. The initiative encourages people to give under-utilized material for the benefit of underprivileged sections.

According to Gupta’s profile on Goonj’s website, he founded the organization after leaving a corporate job in 1998. Earlier, he had studied mass communication and economics.

His profile on the website of Ashoka India, which awarded him a fellowship in 2004 speaks about his early humanitarian work after an earthquake in Uttarkashi in 1991. The organization points out that over the years, he “established a culture of sustained donations in India” through his deceptively simple idea of “sharing the surplus of wealth”.

All you need to know about whistleblower and Magsaysay award winner Sanjeev Chaturvedi

Whistleblower and IAS officer Sanjeev Chaturvedi has been chosen for the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2015.

Sanjeev Chaturvedi

Whistleblower and IAS officer Sanjeev Chaturvedi has been chosen as one of the people to be awarded with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2015.In its release, RMAF said,”Sanjeev Chaturvedi is being recognised 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 honourably serves the people of India.” Here is all you need to know about man of the hour:<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Sanjeev Chaturvedi has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (NIT Allahabad)2. He is an officer of the 2002 batch of the Indian Forest Service from Haryana cadre.3. Chaturvedi was ranked second in the IFS exam and won two medals for excellence as a trainee.4. At his first posting in Kurukshetra, he exposed a corrupt contractor involved in construction of the Hansi Butana canal.5. At his time with the forest department of Haryana, Chaturvedi accused MLA Prahlad Singh Gillakhera and his relatives of buying rare trees for their gardens from taxpayers’ money.6. Sanjeev Chaturvedi was named in the case where another Haryana forest range officer Sanjeev Tomar was found dead in 2009 after anti-corruption charges were initiated against him. But later, an SIT investigation gave Chaturvedi a clean chit.7. Currently the Deputy Director ​at AIIMS, Chaturvedi served as the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) at AIIMS for the period of 2012-14​ where he unearthed various irregularities and initiated actions in around 200 cases. However, he was removed from the post of CVO by former Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.8. New Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had requested the Centre to appoint Chaturvedi as the chief of anti-corruption bureau and later to be posted to his office as Officer on Special Duty. 9. The beleaguered officer is currently locked in a struggle with the Centre, which has delayed approval of his transfer since he first filed for it on July 25, 2014. He alleges he has been “continuously targeted” ever since he exposed corruption in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, in which “powerful politicians and bureaucrats” were involved.

Sanjay Chaturvedi’s deputation proposal pending between Health Minister and AIIMS

The DoPT had on April 29 asked the Environment Ministry to seek the NOC from the Health Ministry so that the proposal could be processed further.

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The deputation proposal of Indian Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi, whose services as officer on special duty have been sought by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, is still pending between Health Ministry and AIIMS.According Health Ministry sources, the AIIMS Director till date has not given his views to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), the cadre controlling ministry of the officer, on the deputation proposal and the Health Ministry has now sent another reminder to the institute.”On June 19, the Health Ministry had sought comments from AIIMS Director. However, in earlier cases, including removal of Chaturvedi from CVO post in August 2014 and transferring him to AYUSH department in August 2012, it (Health ministry) had not sought the comments of Director AIIMS. Till date, Director AIIMS has not given his views,” the sources said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On June 3, the MoEF, after giving its cadre clearance on the deputation proposal, had asked Union Health Ministry to give NOC for the same. Chaturvedi, former chief vigilance officer of AIIMS, had filed a petition before Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in May, 2014 saying that he had been made jobless.The CAT had issued notices to the Health Ministry and AIIMS. The next date of hearing is listed for August 11. Kejriwal had on February 16 written to Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar for urgently releasing Chaturvedi from his duties to enable him to work as his OSD. The proposal was held back by the Ministry for two months after which it sought the opinion of DoPT on the issue.The DoPT had on April 29 asked the Environment Ministry to seek the NOC from the Health Ministry so that the proposal could be processed further.After more than one month, the Ministry had sought NOC of the Health Ministry. This is considered to be the last stage after which the file will be sent for approval of Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Chaturvedi was removed from his post as CVO of AIIMS in August last year by the Health Ministry.

Mathura: Journalist attacked for objecting to dumping of waste

A journalist was seriously injured in an attack by about half-a-dozen persons in Anand Puri Colony in Krishna Nagar area, police said on Sunday.

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A journalist was seriously injured in an attack by about half-a-dozen persons in Anand Puri Colony in Krishna Nagar area, police said on Sunday.The incident took place on Saturday evening when Arun Chaturvedi, who edits a Hindi weekly, objected to dumping of waste on roadside.He was attacked with spade and iron rod allegedly by dairy farm owner Madan and his four brothers.He was rushed to the district hospital in an unconscious state. Later, he was referred to SN Medical College in Agra, police said.”The assailants would not be spared for taking law in their hand. They have been booked under sections 307 ,147 and 148 of the IPC. They would be arrested shortly,” SSP Rakesh Singh said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, another journalist and his family members were allegedly attacked by his neighbours who pelted stones and open fired at his house in Rafiqabad Colony under Mussoorie police station in Ghaziabad district today, police said.Hafiz Sayeedudin filed a complaint with police that some neighbours attacked his family this afternoon, pelted stones at their house and open fired too. An investigation was on into the case, police said, adding that efforts were on to nab the accused.

Whistleblower accuses Health Minister Nadda of ‘protecting the corrupt’

Moving the Central Administrative Tribunal against the AIIMS, Home ministry order on his appraisal, Sanjeev Chaturvedi has said that he was being targeted for taking on corruption at AIIMS.

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Whistleblower Sanjeev Chaturvedi who has been engaged in a confrontation with the Narendra Modi government has moved the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) against the Home Ministry and the AIIMS orders which allegedly want to nullify or re-write his Annual Performance Appraisal Report, according to a report in The Wire. Chaturvedi claims he has ‘already attained finality with outstanding grade’ for the said period.Chaturvedi has said that the order was in “blatant violation” of the All India Services (Performance Appraisal Report) Rules, 2007. According to the rules, it is compulsory to write more than one Annual Performance Appraisal Report if there is more than one reporting authority supervising the performance of an officer for more than 90 days. The IFS officer has claimed that the Health Ministry and AIIMS had directed him “to submit only one self appraisal report for the entire financial year (2014-15), disregarding the fact that … there was more than one reporting authority for the applicant.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In his submission before the CAT, Chatuvedi has also questioned Health Minister JP Nadda’s role in protecting corrupt officers. He said that the Nadda ministry never issued him the work to oversee the implementation of infrastructure projects, despite the Ministry itself reiterating the same in a report to the PM and in an affidavit to the High Court of Delhi. “…in order to protect these corrupt elements, the respondent Ministry and Institute never allocated the work of monitoring of infrastructure projects to the applicant. The extent to which the Respondent Ministry can go in protection of these corrupt elements is obvious from the fact that the said work has not been allocated despite the ministry reiterating the same in a report sent to the Prime Minister and in an affidavit filed before the High Court of Delhi,” Chaturvedi told the Tribunal.Chaturvedi says the government’s latest orders are “part of vindictive actions” because he has taken “lawful actions against corruption cases of politically influential institute officials, during his stint as Chief Vigilance Officer of the Institute from July 7, 2012 to August 14, 2014.” Mentioning 12 important cases, Chaturvedi says that in none of the cases for which he took action against officials, could they get relief from any court of law. These include those against IPS officer Shailesh Yadav, who was DD (Administration) at AIIMS, former Registrar VP Gupta and former Chief Administrative Officer Attar Singh. “The instant order is solely [intended] to finish the career of the applicant and to teach him a lesson for his lawful actions against powerful vested interests. Already the applicant has been rendered without any assignment by the respondents and his cadre transfer/deputation proposals to the Uttarakhand and Delhi Government have been blocked illegally as part of this victimisation strategy and more and more such moves on the part of respondents are in offing against the applicant,” Chaturvedi has submitted before the Tribunal, the report said.Chaturvedi has also been at loggerheads with the Central government for a year about his transfer, alleging that he was been constantly targeted ever since he exposed corruption in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where he was Chief Vigilance Officer, in which ‘powerful politicians and bureaucrats’ were involved. Soon after, he was removed as CVO by former Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. He has been trying to change his cadre from Haryana as his work there also unearthed several cases of corruption in planting projects in Hisar and Jhajjar, involving officials and ministers in the then Congress state government. The investigation had led to the suspension of nine officers.Earlier, the CAT had given a major relief to Chaturvedi and ordered the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) to reconsider his case for inter cadre deputation. In doing so, the CAT order quashed the PMO’s order, given via the Department of Personnel and Training, that had, in January, returned Chaturvedi’s proposal for change of cadre from Haryana to Uttarakhand to square one, despite both state governments giving their consent for said change.The CAT order had severely taken the Appointments Committee of Cabinet to task for “violating the rules of natural justice”. It took cognisance of the threats Chaturvedi faced from the Haryana government for exposing scams involving politicians, stating that “the instances of harassment appear to be on the extreme side and deserve to be taken serious note of”. It had strongly stated that “we do hope that a situation may never arise, where honesty is punished and corruption rewarded. Such a system cannot be expected to last for a long time.”While directing the ACC to reconsider Chaturvedi’s proposal “expeditiously” it also gave Chaturvedi the option of approaching the CAT again in case “the order of the competent authority on his representation does not match up to his satisfaction and expectation”.With agency inputs

Second round of talks to resolve Gujjar stir in Rajasthan fails, parleys to resume on Wednesday

Jaipur: A breakthrough was awaited for resolving the Gujjar reservation issue as the second round of talks on Tuesday night between a delegation of the agitating leaders and a panel of three Rajasthan ministers failed to arrive at a conclusion.

The Gujjar agitation in Rajasthan began on Thursday. AFP

The Gujjar agitation in Rajasthan began on Thursday. AFP

The talks between the 13-member Gujjar delegation and the ministerial committee took place at the Secretariat in Jaipur and lasted for nearly four hours.

The parleys will resume tomorrow morning as no conclusion was reached tonight, Himmat Singh, spokesperson of the Gujjar Aakrakshan Sangarsh Samiti, told PTI after the meeting.

He said that the Gujjar community members maintained that nothing short of five percent reservation within the legal limit of 50 percent would be acceptable to them and it is for the government to offer a workable proposal to meet that demand.

The Rajasthan ministers’ panel comprised Health Minister Rajendra Rathore, Social Justice Minister Arun Chaturvedi and Food Minister Hem Singh Bhadana.

Rathore said that the meeting took place in a cordial atmosphere.

The first round of talks between a Gujjar delegation, which also included Kirori Singh Bainsla, and the committee of ministers was held on Saturday in Bharatpur district’s Bayana town. The discussions had ended in a deadlock.

After the government invited the Gujjar leaders for talks to Jaipur, the latter initially refused the offer before later agreeing to travel to the Rajasthan state capital.

Earlier in the day, despite a consensus among the Gujjar community, Bainsla was adamant that the committee of ministers be called to Bayana for the next round of talks. He had also handed over a letter to the district administration but later changed his stand and decided to send the delegation to Jaipur.

The Delhi-Mumbai railway line in Bharatpur, the Agra-Jaipur national highway in Dausa and a state highway in Sawaimadhopur continue to be blocked by agitators.

On the other hand, the situation was tense in Sikandara area in Dausa district where a large number of agitators gathered last night to once again block the Agra-Jaipur national highway.

“Some of the agitators created a nuisance at the market and got into altercations with locals and roadside vendors.

They also burnt tyres and other objects on the highway,” police said.

The Gujjars had begun their agitation on Thursday last week.

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PIL seeks JP Nadda’s recusal from AIIMS graft probe

Taking note of the contentions in a PIL against union health minister JP Nadda for being active in the removal of former vigilance chief of AIIMS Sanjiv Chaturvedi to ‘save’ his own men involved in corruption and serious irregularities at the country’s premier institute, the Delhi high court on Wednesday sought response from the minister and others.

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Taking note of the contentions in a PIL against union health minister JP Nadda for being active in the removal of former vigilance chief of AIIMS Sanjiv Chaturvedi to ‘save’ his own men involved in corruption and serious irregularities at the country’s premier institute, the Delhi high court on Wednesday sought response from the minister and others.The PIL was filed by Aam Aadmi Party member and noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan, through an NGO, seeking an order restraining the minister from taking any decision to withhold the proceedings in some cases and also expeditious investigation of the cases initiated by Chaturvedi against the top level AIIMS officials including former deputy director (Admin) Vineet Chaudhary, an IAS officer who allegedly has strong connection with Nadda.It was alleged that when Nadda was health minister in Himachal Pradesh, Chaudhary was health secretary there. Nadda became Rajya Sabha MP in 2012 and became minister in November, last year.Whistleblower Chaturvedi, who was removed from the post in August, last year by the Centre, has been chosen by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to head the city’s Anti Corruption Bureau.Chaturvedi, who is now the deputy secretary at AIIMS, in his two-year stint as anti-graft officer at AIIMS, had successfully completed more than 150 investigations in which officials were charged and penalised.The PIL also asked Nadda to recuse himself from all cases and from acting as a disciplinary authority, alleging that he had “unfettered powers to influence the course of proceedings in all the corruption cases”.A division bench led by Chief Justice G Rohini issued notice to Nadda, AIIMS, CBI, Central Vigilance Commission and Chaturvedi and sought their response by April 22.Citing that 17 cases are with CVC, nine are with CBI and seven are exclusively with vigilance department of AIIMS, the NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation has said that Chaturvedi initiated action in the corruption cases related to various malpractices including “supply of dubious medicines by a private chemist shop, having influential political nexus, role of middlemen in making fake out patient department cards, illegal extension of service of an engineer.”It sought a revival of all cases in which action was initiated by Chaturvedi before he was removed by then union health minister Harsh Vardhan in August last year from his post as chief vigilance officer of AIIMS.As per PIL, in August 2014, cases against Chaudhary for involving in serious irregularities – illegal extension in service of then Superintending Engineer, irregularity in appointment of consultants at AIIMS in violation of General Financial Rules provisions, causing disappearance of file for the creation of the post of CVO, heavy misuse of official vehicle, radiation therapy to pet dog, lavish renovation of office room….. referred by Chaturvedi to CVC but the panel returned the matter to the ministry and now no progress is made in the case after Nadda “reviewed” it.

Coal scam: CBI says waiting for Law Ministry nod to file appeal

The CBI on Thursday told a special court that it was waiting for the nod of the Law Ministry to file an appeal in a coalscam case in which the Delhi High Court had quashed charges framed against Prakash Industries Ltd (PIL) and its director.CBI said the file recommending an appeal against the High Court’s order was pending before the Ministry of Law and the agency was pursuing it expeditiously and was waiting for the report to proceed accordingly.Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar, however, told CBI that it should pursue the matter with the Ministry so that it could be decided soon.”Senior Public Prosecutor V K Sharma submitted that the file whereby an appeal has been recommended against the order dated September 5, 2014 passed by High Court of Delhi is pending with the Ministry of Law and report from over there is still awaited,” the judge noted.”He, however, states that the matter is being pursued over there to have an expeditious report,” the court said. The High Court on September 5, 2014 had quashed charges of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy framed by the trial court against PIL and its director (Corporate Affairs) AK Chaturvedi.The other two accused — Goutam Kumar Basak and Soumen Chatterjee — have sought alteration of charges framed against them earlier in view of the High Court’s order. Executive Secretary Basak and Manager (F&A) Chatterjee of Ministry of Steel’s Joint Plant Committee, had told the court that it should alter the charges framed against them as the High Court had quashed charges against PIL and Chaturvedi.During the hearing on Thursday, the court heard part arguments on the plea filed by the two public servants and posted the matter for further proceeding on February 11. Basal and Chatterjee were earlier put on trial on the charges of cheating, forgery and other offences under IPC and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly giving a misleading report regarding the production capacity of PIL.

Delhi University to run ‘Gifted Education Mahaabhiyan’ for NDMC, MCD schools

Underprivileged yet talented students from classes V to IX of 90 MCD and NDMC schools here will be nurtured by Delhi University under a special campaign to ensure holistic learning for them.’Gifted Education Mahaabhiyan’, involving a funding of Rs 1.8 crore by the government’s Department of Science and Technology through Principal Scientific Advisor office, is being run by DU’s Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC).”We conducted a test in 90 MCD and NDMC schools and have selected 76 students who belong to underprivileged community but are ‘gifted’ and have exceptional talent. We will now nurture them and run various workshops and counselling programmes to ensure holistic learning for them,” CIC Director Madan Chaturvedi told PTI.Delhi University has also conducted similar programmes in Guwahati, Ujjain and Baroda though they were not limited to underprivileged children and had students from private schools.”After the selection, parents of the students will be called for counselling and then a team of experts including faculty and students of MSc Maths Education programme will chalk out modules for them,” Chaturvedi said.”The modules will run for six weeks and will include certain workshops, self-help tasks, counselling sessions and much more,” he added.The programme will be conducted in consultation with the NDMC and MCD schools to ensure that the sessions are conducted on holidays and do not hamper their regular studies.”The programme is completely free for students and we will also provide pick and drop to the selected students. Our sole motive is to nurture them beyond their routine academic studies and not put any extra burden on them,” he elaborated.The varsity has plans to take the ‘Mahaabhiyan’ to a national level.”We plan to take this to national level and conduct such programmes across the country. There are innumerable gifted children studying in our schools but we need to pay them extra attention to ensure that they become better professionals and policy makers in future,” Chaturvedi said.Jyoti Sharma, a faculty associated with the project, said, “The modules have been prepared after elaborate consultations with experts. Special attention will be paid to each student and discussions will be held with their parents to enable us to cater to their individual needs.” After completion of the six-week orientation modules, CIC will conduct another test for filtering the students based on their performances and the process will go on for a year.”The team of students and faculty conducting the programme has been imparted special training for dealing with the students and nurturing them.”Also, question papers for test conducted have been prepared by experts to ensure that the students selected are exceptionally talented and have the potential to make the best use of the training sessions,” Jyoti added.

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