Public Cause Research Foundation was set up on the 19th of December, 2006 by Magsaysay Awardee Shri Arvind Kejirwal, Former Journalist Manish Sisodia and TV producer and writer Abhinandan Sekhri to ensure that our society becomes more inclusive and that real power rests with the common citizens of India.
To this end, Mr Kejriwal donated the prize money of his Magsaysay award as corpus fund to PCRF. The Foundation works to collect, research, analyse, and disseminate information about various aspects of governance to ensure that rules and laws are enacted and enforced and policies implemented. For this, PCRF uses the RTI Act extensively and promotes awareness of the act.
PCRF is registered under section 80G and 12 A of Income tax act.
Arvind Kejriwal, the IRS officer-turned-anti-corruption crusader won the Roman Magsaysay award in 2006 for his contribution to the enactment of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. He started Parivartan along with Manish Sisodia in 2000. Parivartan has won recognition, over last 8 years, for successfully using RTI to target corruption in delivery of public services, such as public distribution system (PDS) and education. PCRF and Parivartan have been working in concert to strengthen RTI and bring about broader government reforms.
Kiran Bedi, Ph.D, is India's first and highest ranking woman police officer. She has received dozens of international awards and commendations, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service, the United Nation's Serge Sotiroff Memorial Award for drug abuse prevention, the Joseph Beuys Award, and the Asia Region Award for Drug Prevention & Control by the International Organization of Good Templars.
Prashant Bhushan is an renowned Supreme Court advocate and a social activist. He has been involved in many Public Interest Litigation cases and peoples campaigns to strengthen democracy.
Manish Sisodia is a journalist by profession and was working with Zee News before joining the movement of RTI. He is also an active volunteer of Parivartan. Being a renowned RTI activist, he has coordinated many successful RTI campaigns in urban and remote rural parts of the country. He is also an award winning documentary film maker and has also served as radio anchor with FM channels.
Abhinandan Sekhri is a writer and film maker managing his production house. He has worked as a researcher and reporter for TV News networks. He currently writes political satire for NDTV. He has been deeply involved in many Right to Information campaigns.