GH/India will tell the inspiring stories of the country’s heroes, motivating others to become heroic too. GH/India will also offer practical tools citizen activists need to succeed, as well as Giraffe civic engagement programs in schools, helping young people build lives as courageous and compassionate citizens serving a vibrant India.
Dwarka Parichay being media partner for the Giraffe Heroes India program, starting a series of inspiring stories of heroes in India. This will definitely motivate others and more Giraffe Heroes will join the GH/India brigade.
Charged with reducing the city’s urban troubles, the Council instead fostered practices that led to huge time and cost overruns on projects, often resulting in huge arbitration awards. Hundreds of corruption cases were pending against officers in the organization.
Saluja began fighting against the system; his crusade continues to this day. He started by writing letters to his supervisors asking that quality control measures be enforced so that public taxes actually served the public good. He appealed to the Lieutenant Governor, to the Home Ministry and the Prime Ministers of the country. Nothing changed.
|John Graham, Director of Giraffe Heroes International with
Giraffe Hero Vijay Saluja, now Director of Giraffe Heroes India.
For nearly 20 years he was denied promotions and benefits. He suffered financial, mental and physical stress. But friends say every action taken against him merely strengthened his resolve to end the corruption. In 1993, Saluja filed a civil petition in Delhi High Court citing his superiors’ abuses of power, including massive squandering of public funds, and the damages to Saluja’s career. Stall tactics by the Municipal Council’s lawyer dragged the case on till March of 2001, when the court awarded Saluja punitive damages. Thanks to still more stalling from the Council, the court’s orders were ignored until 2004. Saluja was then royally vindicated by the High Court of Delhi, which ordered an independent review of the case. The findings led to restoring Saluja’s 20 years of lost seniority, made him Chief Engineer of the department, and earned his adversaries contempt notices for dragging their feet.
Despite the decades of a hostile work environment and obstacles at every turn, Saluja has managed to oversee many exemplary roads, buildings and redevelopment works. He is respected worldwide for his work on urban management, municipal engineering, urban poverty and the environment. His countrymen acknowledged his work with the Red & White Bravery Award, recognizing his exceptional acts of social courage.
Vijay Saluja has been sustained through the years by his devotion to the common good. “Callous waste of public funds, when abject poverty abounds, literally appalls me” says the Chief Engineer.
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Pride of Dwarka – Mr. Vijay K Saluja
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