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Magsasay winner Sandeep Pandey returns award

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Ramon Magsaysay award winner Sandeep Pandey has returned Employment Awareness Award given to him by government of India. He has returned the award to protest against corruption and criminalisation at the panchayat level. In Hardoi, husband of gram pradhan has in a fraudulent means withdrawn 6 lakh 20 thousand panchayat money. When the villagers reported, the people of the pradhan assaulted them in front of the police. Pandey had personally reported about the incident at all levels but two years have elapsed and no action has been taken so far. Surprisingly, both the state and centre are protecting them.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 22

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