Arvind Kehriwal was born on 16th June, 1968, in district Hissar of Haryana. He completed his mechanical engineering studies in the year 1989 from IIT kharagpur, West Bengal. After graduation he joined Tata Steel and worked there till 1992, when he cracked civil services examination. He got selected for Indian Revenues Services and joined as a Joint Commissioner at Income tax office in New Delhi. But he took leave from the office in the year 2000 and started a NGO named Privartran. In February, 2006 he formally resigned from the job and started working actively in various social causes.
Parivartan is one of his prominent moves to work towards a corruption free nation. It is run by few volunteers who had indeed helped several people in overcoming their problems while standing hard against corruption. Parivartan has done extensive work in the fields of public distribution system and education. It is still active in bringing out the maximum benefits from RTI.
Arvind Kejriwal had worked extensively for implementation of Central Right to Information Act. He had followed the right to information act, Delhi. In the year 2006, he was awarded with Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership. He invested all the prize money in his NGO for various social causes.
Another movement which has gained him fame and brought in lime light is the recent struggle for implementation of Lok Pal Bill in its true form. Being an active member of drafting committee and a strong follower of Anna Hazare, he has carved his own niche.
During his life time, he had met Mother Teresa and was highly impressed by her selfless service attitude. During that period he had actively served people in Kaali ghat in West Bengal and followed the way shown by Mother Teresa.
His main motto is to create a corruption free society. He received overwhelming response on the national as well as global front. He sees corruption as a symptom and not as the main problem. He also integrates it with prevailing poverty in the country. Lack of basic amenities and shortage of resources give rise to corruption.
To tackle this problem he believes in granting more governing power in hands of people. He emphasises on decentralisation of the power and distributing it to the smaller factors of governance. Empowering panchayats and gram sabhaas is his next plan of action.
Arvind Kejriwal is a striking example of emerging youth power of the nation. By playing an active role in core committee of Anna Hazare and leading masses from front, he has emerged as a youth icon.
Presently he lives in National Capital region near Delhi with his wife Sunita and two kids. He has made a team of capable and enthusiastic persons from various walks of life and together they are working for the betterment of the country's future. Arvind Kejriwal has a clear vision and an effective plan to execute it. Being a youth icon he realizes his responsibility and has a long way to go.
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