All about India is the space where we cover something about India or Indians that you wouldn’t have known. Today we provide all information about the much in news, Hon CM of Delhi, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal.
About: The first image that comes to our mind, when we think about ‘Arvind Kejriwal’ is of the Gandhi topi clad leader in his trademark muffler, addressing a crowd. Taking up issues that have not in the past and fighting against the system Kejriwal (born 16 August 1968) is the 7th and current Chief Minister of Delhi Born in Haryana, Kejriwal is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur where he studied Mechanical engineering. He worked for the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) as a Joint Commissioner in the Income Tax Department. He is well-known for his efforts to bring and implement the Right to Information (RTI) Act at grassroots level and his role in drafting a proposed Jan Lokpal Bill.
Kejriwal won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership in 2006 for his contribution to the enactment of the Right to Information Act. In 2006, after resigning from the IRS, he donated his Magsaysay award money as a corpus fund to found an NGO, Public Cause Reasearch Foundation. In 2012, he launched the Aam Admi Party (AAP), and he defeated Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in her constituency in the 2013 Delhi Legislative Assembly election.
Mr. Kejriwal has been portrayed as a leader is here to bring about change and not just increase his own revenues. Known to live a life of simplicity away from the regalia and luxuries demanded by other politicians, Kejriwal has been humble enough to decline the extra security that all Chief Ministers across the nation receive.
A bright student and academic achiever in his early days, Arvind Kejriwal also had the zeal and enthusiasm to help his fellow mankind since the very beginning. In an Interview he has mentioned how he returned to Hisar from IIT after his final year with just the clothes he was wearing and the residue of the money left from what he had set aside for his return journey. Everything else he owned, he had given to charity.
Kejriwal believes “Change begins with small things”. In December 1999, while 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. The Parivartan organisation exposed a fake ration card scam in 2008 but, according to a founder member, did not have a great impact generally and was largely moribund by 2012.
Right to Information
Together with Manish Sisodia and Abhinandan Sekhri, Kejriwal established the Public Cause Research Foundation in December 2006, donating the prize money he had received from the Ramon Magsaysay Award as a seed fund. This new body paid the employees of Parivartan.
Kejriwal has used the Right to Information Act in corruption cases in many government departments including the Income Tax Department, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, , the Public Distribution System and the Delhi Electricity Board.
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. He had been arrested for his support of Hazare.
Kejriwal established the AAP in November 2012 as he believed that electoral politics was the next logical step in the fight against corruption. The party name reflects the phrase Aam Aadmi, or “common man”, whose interests Kejriwal proposed to represent.
He became one of the five most mentioned Indian politicians on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter in the run-up to the Delhi legislative assembly election of 2013. This was the first election contested by the AAP.
In the Delhi election, Kejriwal defeated incumbent Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in her constituency of New Delhi by a margin of 25,864 votes. The party as a whole won 28 of the 70 available seats, finishing in second place.
The AAP then announced its intention to form a minority government in the hung parliament, with what Dikshit described as “not unconditional” support from the Indian National Congress. Kejriwal was sworn in as the second-youngest chief minister of Delhi on 28 December 2013, after Chaudhary Baram Parkash who became chief minister at the age of 34. He is in charge of Delhi’s Home Ministry, Power, Planning, Finance, Vigilance ministries.
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