Anjali Bhardwaj — For this woman, ignorance is not bliss and knowledge means empowerment. And so the babus of Indian beaurocracy bow down to her demands. For, social worker Anjali Bhardwaj Sharma, makes sure that Delhiites don’t surrender to corruption and thus fights for transparency, armed with the right to Information Act. She is the founder of Satark Nagrik Sangathan, a Delhi-based citizens’ group committed to promoting accountability in government functioning.
Anjali has been actively associated with the RTI movement in India for several years and has played a crucial role in the recent enactment of the central RTI law. The lady has a double masters degree to her credit – in Economics from Delhi School of Economics and Environmental Management from the University of Oxford. But, it was public welfare that tugged her job with the World Bank and started an NGO of her own.
What led Anjali to commit herself to the cause was the realization that the biggest hurdle in the way of effective development is the fact that public funds never reach the intended beneficiaries.
Till date, Anjali has succeeded in helping residents of both low-income slum settlements and higher-income colonies access records of several departments like the MCD, Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Police and the DDA.