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Where does he belong to? Ralegan Siddhi, a village in Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra 87 km from Pune. He lives in a small room attached to the Sant Yadavbaba temple in Ralegan Siddhi since 1975. He doesn’t stay at his home though it is in same village.
What went into making Ralegan Siddhi a self reliant village? Ralegan Siddhi is a model of environmental conservation. Since Anna Hazare stepped-in in 1975, the village has carried out programmes like treeplanting, terracing to reduce soil erosion and digging canals to retain rainwater. The village uses solar power, biogas and a windmill. 36 years old now it is a sustainable model of a village republic. The village's biggest accomplishment is in non-conventional energy. Hazare organised the youth of the village into an organisation named the Tarun Mandal (Youth Association) to get the following task done. * Uprooting Alcoholism * Grain Bank *Watershed Development Programme * Milk Production *Education *Removal of Untouchability *Collective Marriages *Gram Sabha
What is the net worth of this man? On April 16, 2011, he declared his bank balance of Rs - 67,183/- and Rs- 1,500/- as money in hand. He owns 0.07 hectares of family land in Ralegan Siddhi which is being used by his brothers. Two other pieces of land donated to him by the Indian Army and by a villager, have been donated by him for village use. He is receiving pension from Indian army from where he took voluntary retirement.
Awards and Honours
2008 – World Bank's Jit Gill Memorial Award for outstanding public service on 15 April 2008
2003 – Integrity award, by Transparency International for his efforts to end corruption in the government and forestry sector.
1998 - CARE International Award.
1997 - Mahaveer Award
1996 - Shiromani Award.
1992 – Padma Bhushan Award, by the Government of India
1990 – Padma Shri Award, by the Government of India
1989 – Krishi Bhushana Award by the Government of Maharashtra.
1986 – Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Award by the Government of India on 19 November 1986.
His movements so far
Anti-corruption protests in Maharashtra
Right to Information movement
Regulation of Transfers and Prevention of Delay in Discharge of Official Duties Act
Campaign against liquor from food grains
Lokpal Bill movement
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