Former chief vigilance officer at AIIMS, Sanjiv Chaturvedi, who was recently honoured with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award, has donated the entire award money to AIIMS for the treatment of poor patients.
Chaturvedi received Rs 19.85 lakh as award money of which Rs 5.63 lakh has to be deposited as advance tax.
"I am donating the entire award money into the accounts of the institute for providing financial assistance to the treatment of the poor patients, particularly those affected by various types of cancer," Chaturvedi said in his letter to AIIMS director.
Chaturvedi had a two-year stint as chief vigilance officer — the anti-corruption watchdog — at AIIMS. He had been outspoken about alleged irregularities at the prestigious institution, and had led 150 investigations in which various officials were penalised.
The Magsaysay award winner had also requested AIIMS to maintain a separate register to record details of the patients and financial assistance granted to them, in a transparent manner. "It is because then, the said amount could be utilised in a most effective manner," Chaturvedi told PTI.
Chaturvedi was shifted to Uttarakhand cadre last month from Haryana, nearly three years after he requested for the transfer claiming that he was facing "extreme hardship" for exposing corruption.