Anna Hazare wins Rabindranath Tagore peace award

April 8th, 2011 - 8:22 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Apr 8(ANI): Social activist Anna Hazare, who is on a fast-unto-death for a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal Bill, has been announced as the winner of the 2011 Rabindranath Tagore Peace Prize by the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM).

The award carries a cash reward of one crore rupees, a gold medal and a citation.

“In a bid to show strong solidarity to Anna Hazare’s determined and non-violent protest against corruption and the institution of a Jan Lokpal Bill, IIPM entrepreneurship and National Economic Planning, today declared to award the veteran activist with a prize money of one crore rupees,” IIPM Dean, Professor Arindam Chaudhuri, said.

The government talked tough on Hazare’s demand for an effective Lokpal Bill earlier today, that saying it cannot accede to the demands of the chairmanship of the joint drafting committee being given to a civil society member and for issuing an official notification.

A meeting of Sibal with anti-corruption activists Swami Agnivesh and Arvind Kejriwal, which was scheduled to be held this morning, did not take place with both sides saying they were waiting for each other.

Hazare, whose fast-unto-death entered its fourth day on Friday, has called for a mass courting of arrest by citizens across the country on April 12. (ANI)

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