Arvind Kejriwal

04-APR-2014 15:57

    arvind kejriwal

    Arvind Kejriwal is a former civil servant and Indian politician who served as the seventh Chief Minister of Delhi from December 28, 2013 to February 14, 2014 (first term). He leads the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He is recognized for his efforts to endorse and put into practice the Right to Information Act at grassroots level & his role in sketching a proposed Jan Lokpal Bill. Currently he is serving as the chief minister of Delhi since 14 February 2015.

    Family details

    Kejriwal is married to Sunita. She was his batch mate from the National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie & the National Academy of Direct Taxes, Nagpur. They have two children.


    Arvind Kejriwal joined IRS in the year 1995 after qualifying the Civil Services Exam. In the year 2000, he was approved 2 years paid leave to chase higher education on clause that upon recommencing his work he would not walk out from the Service for at least 3 years. Failure to put up with that condition would necessitate him to pay back the salary given during the leave period. He retorted in 2003 & worked for 18 months before taking un-paid leave for 18 months. In 2006, he walked out from his position as a Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, New Delhi. Indian Government asserted that Kejriwal had desecrated his original agreement by not working for 3 years. Arvind Kejriwal said that 18 months of work & 18 months of unpaid absence amounted to the predetermined  3 year period during which he could not quit and that this was an endeavor to malign him due to his association with Team Anna, a filament of the Indian anti - corruption movement. The quarrel ran for a number of years until, in the year 2011, it was stanched when he paid his way out of the Service.


    • Arvind Kejriwal is IIT - Kharagpur Passout (Mechanical Engg.)
    • He is the former IRS Officer
    • He is the Former Joint Commissioner in the Income Tax Department
    • He is one of the Activists who gave India one of the most powerful rights - the Right to Information
    • He is the victor of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership in the year 2006
    • He founded Public Cause Research Foundation along with Prashant Bhushan and Manish Sisodia
    • He founded a movement named ‘Parivartan’ in the year 1999 to edify the poor about their rights & taxes
    • He used RTI to expose the indiscretions in water, electricity & PDS distribution even before joining the Jan - Lokpal Movement
    • He drafted Jan - Lokpal bill along with activists & fought for two years to pass it
    • He founded Aam Aadmi Party
    • He was the Chief Minister of Delhi

    Honours and Awards

    2004: Ashoka Fellow; Civic Engagement

    2005: Satyendra K Dubey Memorial Award in IIT Kanpur for his drive for bringing lucidity in Government

    2006: Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership

    2006: CNN - IBN, Indian of the Year award in Public Service

    2009: Distinguished Alumnus Award in IIT Kharagpur for Eminent Leadership

    2009: Awarded grant & fellowship by the Association for Indian Development

    2010: Policy Change Agent of the Year - Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence along with Aruna Roy

    2011: NDTV Indian of the Year award alongwith Anna Hazare

    2013: CNN - IBN Indian of the Year in Politics

    2013: Times of India - Person of the year

    Achievements and contribution


    • End of VIP / Red - light Culture
    • Partial Electricity Bills for those consuming upto 400 units
    • Free Water for those consuming upto 20 Kiloliter per month
    • Retail FDI stopped
    • 58 new Night Shelters added in 1 month to existing 175 old Night Shelters
    • Ordered CAG Audit of Discoms
    • Relocated 800 and Suspended 3 Delhi Jal board Employees
    • Instituted Corruption Helpline 1031
    • Instituted Nursery School Admission Helpline
    • Clogged Donation for Admission in Schools
    • Action on Corruption fast - tracked
    • Checked Ration Mafia
    • 1 Crore given to the wife of Delhi Police’s Martyr
    • Checked Water Tanker Mafia
    • Delhi Janlokpal Bill & Nagar Swaraj Bill cleared by Cabinet
    • Government Schools given Rs 1 Lakh each for improving Infrastructure
    • Subjected Permits to 5500 Auto rickshaws for hounding in NCR
    • Structured formation of SIT to probe 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots
    • Formed Committee to work out Women Security Force
    • Formed Committee to investigate Permanency of Contract Labour & Guest Teachers
    • Checks of Government Hospitals, Schools, Night Shelters and Transport Buses
    • Reward to Sportsmen
    • Bus Pass flair to Students
    • Recruited several Government Employees
    • Ordered checking of fast and faulty Electricity Meters
    • Registered FIR in Common wealth Lights Scam
    • Listed FIR in Reliance Gas Price Scam
    • Listed 3 FIRs in Jal - board Scams
    • Simplification of tax rebate and VAT on small scale industries upto 1 crore revenue

    Books and Documentaries

    Swaraj is a book written by the Indian social activist and politician Arvind Kejriwal.  The book is available in plentiful languages, including Hindi, English & Malayalam, the book questions the presented democratic scaffold in India & recommends a way how people can achieve true Swaraj(self - rule).

    Current news

    Currently he is serving as the seventh chief minister of Delhi since 14 February 2015.

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