“We have strived to make it an annual event for recognising and rewarding ordinary people with extraordinary attitude towards life,” said Kalli Purie, publishing director, Today. In an endeavour to felicitate those Delhiites who serve Delhi selflessly, the afternoon daily Today, with claimed circulation of 56,000, is inviting its readers and Delhiites to cast their votes for choosing the Second Today Citizen One Award 2004. The nominees for the award are five gutsy people who went out of their way to do what they wanted to, in a bold and discreet manner. This has made a difference in changing things around them: people who believe that the power to change must come from within. The First Today Citizen One Award was given to Union Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jagmohan, in 2003.
Today Citizen One 2004 has tied up with three leading establishments – Ansal Plaza, Café Coffee Day and PVR. "We operate through the public domain and wish to contribute towards the City by acknowledging the good work of Delhiites,” said Tushar Dhingra, Vice-President Sales and Marketing, PVR Cinemas. Now people of the city will be able to vote for their Citizen One wherever they go across the city – be it while going for a movie, shopping or relaxing at a Café Coffee Day outlet. Both PVR Cinemas as well as Café Coffee Day have once again come up to join hands with the India Today Group-promoted afternoon daily, extending their support to this initiative like last year.
Today Citizen One Award is based on a cumulative process of popular open voting and closed door board voting. The result will be a combination of a weighted poll by the Board Members, comprising leading names in NGO, presidents of RWAs, five dons drawn from various campuses and corporate head honchos (all of them make 25%), while field vote will meet 25% and readers’ votes through SMS, e-mail and typical forms carried in Today, will account for the remaining 50% of the total votes. And of course, it’s the dedicated team of reporter’s of Today that’s largely responsible for the awards. The person getting the maximum combined votes will be declared as the winner of Today Citizen One 2004 Award.
The nominees for the award are: Arvind Kejriwal, Income-Tax Officer (for teaching Delhi how to demand its right to information), Rashmi Paliwal, garments exporter (for working with the disabled – 20% of her factory staff are disabled), MC Mehta, Green Lawyer (for his works to get Delhi's air and water clean), VK Saluja, Public Servant (for exposing the pilfering of public funds in the NDMC), Capt Indrani Singh, Pilot, Indian Airlines (for running a school for poor students).
As per Today, the results and the winner would be announced on April 29, 2004.