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Arvind Kejriwal Social Work

By on June 13, 2013

Arvind Kejriwal has been actively involved in protests and campaigns. He is involved in the social movements mentioned below.

Parivartan

In December 1999, while he was still in service with the Income Tax Department, he helped found a movement named Parivartan (which means change), focused on assisting citizens in navigating income tax, electricity and food ration matters in parts of Delhi. He believes “Change begins with small things”. It also helped push the withdrawal of an effort to privatize Delhi’s water supply by the Delhi Jal Board in 2005. It also aids other groups in educating citizens nationwide about India’s Right to Information Act, which has proved very effective in Delhi in settling people’s grievances with government departments. It is studying the institutionalization of local self-governance, taking the model in rural areas in which a general body decides how much money should be spent and on what projects, and holds government officials to account if these plans are not implemented correctly.

Right to Information

In July 2006, following the introduction of the Right to Information Act (RTI), Kejriwal spearheaded an awareness campaign. Kejriwal has been using RTI in corruption cases in many government departments including the Income Tax Department, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the Public Distribution System (PDS), the Delhi Electricity Board and others.

Jan Lokpal Bill

Kejriwal was the civil society representative member of the committee constituted by the Government of India to draft a Jan Lokpal Bill, following a campaign for introduction of such legislation that featured Anna Hazare.Kejriwal had been arrested for his support of Hazare.He was the architect of the JanLokpal movement started by Anna Hazare demanding Citizen’s Ombudsman Bill.

Anti-corruption publicity

Kejriwal has used the technique of a press conference to expose irregularities and alleged corruption by government agencies and political parties.

Source: Wikipedia

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