05/01/2016 11:02 AM IST | Updated 29/08/2016 9:40 PM IST

Magsaysay Award Winner Donates His Entire Prize Money To Charity

Ramon Magsaysay awardee Indian Sanjiv Chaturvedi, an anti-corruption campaigner, gestures as he answers questions from reporters at the Ramon Magsaysay Center in Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Chaturvedi and a fellow countryman who recycle clothes for the poor are among this year's recipients of the Philippines' Ramon Magsaysay Award, often regarded as Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

NEW DELHI -- Magsaysay awardee and ex-Chief Vigilance Officer of AIIMS Sanjiv Chaturvedi donated his award money of USD 30,000 to Prime Minister's National Relief Fund which has been accepted by the PMO, who thanked him for his contribution.

A letter dated 30 December and signed by Under Secretary at the Prime Minister's office, P K Bali, said, "We acknowledge with thanks the generous contribution forwarded towards the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF). The Prime Minister appreciates this thoughtful gesture and conveys his gratitude. This valuable contribution will be of immense help in providing assistance to the persons in distress," it said.

Chaturvedi, who won the Magsaysay Award in 2015, while making the donation said in his letter to the PMO that he decided to donate the award money to the PMNRF after he failed to get AIIMS and Union Health ministry to accept it.

The deputy secretary at AIIMS, Chaturvedi, also sought a personal appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi so that he could convey his "Mann Ki Baat" on the plight of honest civil servants in the country.

Chaturvedi was removed from the post of CVO at AIIMS in August 2014, much before the completion of his tenure in 2016.

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