New Delhi,July 29: Whistleblower bureaucrat Sanjeev Chaturvedi and human rights activist Anshu Gupta are among five persons from India, Laos, Myanmar, and the Philippines who will receive Asia's coveted Ramon Magsaysay Award.
In a statement issued early on Wednesday morning, the Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) announced five awardees.
"Thank you; this is a great honour. I'm speechless; it seems honesty and one's struggle for justice don't go unnoticed," Mr. Chaturvedi said.
The 2002-batch Indian Forest Service officer, who is currently embattled in a protracted battle with the Centre over alleged harassment for his tough stance on graft, was the former Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) at the AIIMS in New Delhi.
According to the foundation, Mr. Chaturvedi has been awarded 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."