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Indian social activist Anjali Bharadwaj, is one of the 12 anti-corruption champions announced by the Biden administration.
"I am announcing a new International Anti-Corruption Champions Award, recognising individuals who have worked tirelessly, often in the face of adversity, to defend transparency, combat corruption, and ensure accountability in their own countries," US Secretary of State, Tony Blinken said on Tuesday.
According to the State Department, Bhardwaj has served as an active member of the Right to Information Movement in India for over two decades.
The 48-year-old activist is also the founder of the Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SNS), a citizens' group with a mandate to promote transparency and accountability in government and encourage active participation of citizens.
She is also a convener of the National Campaign for Peoples' Right to Information, which successfully advocated for the creation of an anti-corruption ombudsman and the Whistle Blowers' Protection Act, offering protection to those who expose corruption and abuse of power.
Taking to her Twitter handle, Bharadwaj said that the honour is a "recognition of the collective effort of people and groups across the country who hold power to account." (PTI)
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