Ramon Magsaysay award winner, bureaucrat Sanjiv Chaturvedi, has donated the entire award money of around Rs. 14 lakh, to AIIMS for the treatment of poor patients, especially those suffering from cancer. Kudos to this selfless officer.
Humanity shows itself through many different faces, many applaudable actions and many heart-warming stories. Today it has appeared in front of us in the form of a benevolent, selfless, courageous and very honest government official. Its IFS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi, who was recently honoured with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award.
On Tuesday, this amazing officer donated the entire award money to AIIMS, dedicating it for the treatment of poor patients.
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The 2002 batch Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer of Haryana cadre received Rs. 19.85 lakh as the award, out of which Rs. 5.63 lakh had to be deposited as advance tax. The remaining he has donated, with a letter to the AIIMS director that this money can be used for providing financial assistance to the needy, especially those suffering from cancer.
The officer, who has been transferred 12 times in the last five years, is known for this honest stand against wrong doers in cases of corruption, and also for being an active whistle blower in case of several scams. He was selected for the award under “Emergent Leadership” category for the integrity and courage with which he worked to investigate and expose corruption in public offices. He recently got posted to Uttarakhand from Haryana.
Chaturvedi, who is currently posted as deputy secretary of AIIMS, has also requested that a separate register should be maintained to record the details of patients who receive financial assistance so that the transactions can be kept transparent and the donated amount can be put to the best use.