United State International Anti-Corruption Champions Award:
An Indian social activist, Anjali Bhardwaj, who works on issues of transparency and accountability has been selected for the “United State International Anti-Corruption Champions Award” along with the other 11 anti-corruption champions. These names were announced by the Joe Biden administration.
- Biden administration is of the view that these issues can be tackled only by working in coordination with the committed partners.
- These partners could be:
- Courageous individuals, who champion the anti-corruption efforts and
- Countries, which are working to fulfil their commitments with respect to the international anti-corruption standards.
- Thus, this new International Anti-Corruption Champions Award was announced that recognized individuals who have worked tirelessly against transparency & corruption in order to ensure accountability in their own countries.
- She is a 48-year-old activist who is also the founder of ‘Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SNS)’.
- SNS is a citizens’ group that promotes transparency and accountability in government and also encourages the active participation of citizens.
- She has also served as an active member in the “Right to Information Movement” in India.
- She is a convener of the National Campaign for People’s’ Right to Information. This campaign resulted in the establishment of an anti-corruption ombudsman and the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act.