The third Manjunath Shanmugam Integrity Award was presented to all the three nominees of this year at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore on Saturday.
The three winners — Vinod Adhau, Sanjeev Chaturvedi and Jitender Chaturvedi — are a village revenue officer, an Indian Forest Service officer and a homoeopathic doctor, respectively.
The award was instituted by Manjunath Shanmugam Trust, comprising IIM alumni, to encourage truth and honesty in public life in memory of Manjunath Shanmugam, an Indian Oil Corporation Ltd officer.
Manjunath Shanmugam, an alumnus of the IIM, Lucknow, was murdered at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh in November 2005 by the oil mafia.
Of the three winners, Adhau (43), a village revenue officer in Maharashtra’s Amravati district, ensured in 2005 that debt-ridden cotton farmers received the government bailout package.
He taught the farmers to use the RTI Act to get to know about their dues.
Chaturvedi (34), a 2002 batch Indian Forest Service officer, helped stop poaching and construction of a canal in Haryana’s Saraswati Wildlife Sanctuary. He also blocked a herbal park in Fatehabad in Haryana on private land with government money.
The third winner, Chaturvedi (41), a homoeopathic doctor, set up DEHAT (Development Association for Human Advancement) in his home district of Bahraich in UP. He helped the villagers break out of the exploitation of moneylenders and forest officials.