Kisan Baburao Hazare , popularly known as Anna Hazare , a pioneer in developing an ecologically self sustaining village as a global model, is one of three recipients of the World Bank’s 2008 Jit Gill Memorial Award for Outstanding Public Service. Ralegan Siddhi was a drought afflicted, impoverished village when Hazare began his development work there in 1975. He mobilized villagers and used his life’s savings to build canals and bunds to hold back rainwater. Anna Hazare is also the man to bring about the Right to Information Act – that has become the single most powerful tool for the common man. The RTI if implemented by the common man has the power to make government officers and public representatives more accountable and responsible, the way they are meant to be but are often; not. Anna Hazare’s contributions to public service have brought him awards galore. On 19 November 1986 he received the Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra award from the Prime Minister Mr Rajiv Gandhi. On 15 January 1987, he was felicitated by Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation and, later on, by the Pune Municipal Corporation. In 1989 the Maharashtra government honoured him with Krishi Bhushanaaward. In 1990 he was honored with the Padma Shri award. NMTV Bureau report.
November 19, 2008
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