The United States on Tuesday honoured Indian social activist Anjali Bhardwaj with the International Anti-corruption Champions Award.
According to an announcement from the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the award recognises people who’ve labored tirelessly, usually within the face of adversity, to defend transparency, fight corruption, and guarantee accountability in their very own nations.
“As President Biden has emphasised, our commitment to truth, transparency, and accountability is a mission that we must live at home and exemplify abroad. I commend the dedication of these 12 brave individuals to these same ideals,” Blinken stated.
Congrats to Kyrgyz Republic’s Bolot Temirov & India’s Anjali Bhardwaj receiving @StateDept‘s Anticorruption Champions Award. Today, we honor their brave work to fight corruption and to defend transparency & accountability. https://t.co/eDfkdrgl04pic.twitter.com/AqQcw7Cz5Y
— State_SCA (@State_SCA) February 23, 2021
Besides Ms Bhardwaj, the honorees embody Ardian Dvorani of Albania, Diana Salazar of Ecuador, Sophia Pretrick of the Federated States of Micronesia, Juan Francisco Sandoval Alfaro of Guatemala, Ibrahima Kalil Gueye of Guinea, Anjali Bhardwaj of India, Dhuha A Mohammed of Iraq, Bolot Temirov of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mustafa Abdullah Sanalla of Libya, Victor Sotto of The Philippines, Francis Ben Kaifala of Sierra Leone, and Ruslan Ryaboshapka of Ukraine. They encourage us and so a lot of their counterparts pursuing these beliefs around the globe.
According to the State Department, Ms Bhardwaj has served as an energetic member of the Right to Information Movement in India for over twenty years. She can be the founding father of Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SNS), a residents’ group with a mandate to advertise transparency and accountability in authorities and encourage energetic participation of residents.
Under her management, SNS created legislative report playing cards that tracked the efficiency of representatives throughout a collection of classes, defining roles and obligations of their capability as public servants.
Additionally, Ms Bhardwaj is a convener of the National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information, which efficiently advocated for the creation of an anti-corruption ombudsman and the Whistle Blowers’ Protection Act, providing safety to those that expose corruption and abuse of energy.