Amravati, Jan 19 (PTI) Former President A P J AbdulKalam today asked the youth to work towards making India acorruption-free country.
"India wants young people of ethics, youths of ethics.
That will bring beauty in character and harmony in homes. Wemust have a corruption-free nation, but corruption begins fromhome. If children decide that their family will be free fromcorruption, India will greatly recover," he said.
"Use the bond of love that you share with your fatherto make your home corruption-free and take an oath that todayonwards I will work as corruption-free brigade at my home,"the eminent scientist said at a gathering of youths atJawaharlal Nehru Stadium here in Eastern Maharashtra.
BJP President Nitin Gadkari was prominent among thosepresent on the occasion.
"We should be proud of our role models, butunfortunately, we don''t have such role models. Nation isbigger than any party, any system. So, nation should win. Ifnation wins, you''ll win," said Kalam.
The former President said there is anguish among everysection of the society, including students. Everyone isworried about deteriorating democratic and societal values.
"We all need to fight a hard battle to improve thethings. Our politics needs to undergo a chemotherapy. Theignited mind of the youth is the most powerful resource on theearth, under the earth and above the earth. Knowledge willempower you to undertake great missions."
Kalam said everyone of us should think about what Ican give to make India developed in 2020. (more) PTI CORRSY
Kalam administered an oath to students about having a goal, working with integrity, teaching at least five peopleand working to protect and enhance dignity of human life.
Gadkari, in his speech, said people, especially youth,should take inspiration from Kalam. "Only dreams are notsufficient. Youths should have awareness to achieve success."
The former President was in Amravati in Vidarbharegion for a day and attended four functions.
Speaking at Techelons-2011, a national-level technicalfestival for students, he advised engineering and technologystudents to build capacities to empower the nation throughtechnology and innovation.
"Every youth wants to be unique. You have to fight thehardest battle and not to stop until you arrive at your goal.
You must have an aim in life, acquire knowledge through greatbooks, work hard, sweat a lot and be the captain of theproblems. And then you will become unique."
The noted scientist said India needs moreentrepreneurs than job-seekers. "I visited a village inPunjab, where I met farmers who have successfully increasedthe production of seed cotton. This was achieved through aproductive partnership among farmers, agricultural scientists,textile industry and the Government."
At another function, Kalam said engineers andtechnologists of Vidarbha should become the champions ofintegrated development of the backward region.
Advocating PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in RuralAreas) for improving infrastructure, he said Vidarbha shouldhave 20 PURA complexes. PURA provides physical, electronic andknowledge connectivity leading to economic development ofvillages. (more) PTI CORRSY
One of the key issues in Vidarbha is the availability of water. Though, the region gets around 600 to 800 millimetreof monsoon rain, the region does not have adequate provisionto contain the water in villages, Kalam said.
A coordinated action is needed to de-silt andoperationalise all the water bodies of Vidarbha, he said,adding "simultaneously, action is also required to createsmall check-dams and additional water bodies in villages."
Addressing another gathering of students atVidyabharati College here, Kalam said, "students should dreambig, but dreams should be coupled with actual action."
Amravati has given birth to many freedom fighters,social workers, leaders and scientists who worked for theprogress of the nation. Students must aim to achieve successin whatever field they select, he said.
The former President appealed to the students tobecome good human beings and acquire knowledge. "There isno option to knowledge. Students should become knowledgeable,meritorious and develop their character." PTI CORRSY
"When there is righteousness in heart, there is beautyin character. When there is beauty in character, there''sharmony in home, when there is harmony at home, there will beorder in nation," Kalam said.
He was addressing a programme organised at Sant GadgeBaba Amravati University here.
Kalam also spoke with Collectors, district heads ofdifferent departments in Amravati division as well as theteachers.
"District Collectors are the last mile forimplementation of schemes and they are the link betweengovernment and public. They are attached to the problems ofthe district. They should step forward with integrity anddetermination to develop." PTI COR
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CORRUPTION IN INDIA
THE CHALLENGE OF CORRUPTION IN THE COUNTRY TODAY
ARE ALL POLITICIANS CORRUPT?
“Corruption is a tree, whose branches are of an immeasurable length; they spread everywhere.”
—- Beaumont and Fletcher
Corruption, in one form or another, is a worldwide phenomenon. But everyone admits that corruption is something ugly, immoral and detestable. Unfortunately, in our country, corruption has become a part of life. It has entered the very roots of the Indian society. Corruption, nepotism and dishonesty have tarnished every fabric of our social life. Our ministers are corrupt; our officers are corrupt; our people are corrupt. Every politician, without exception, is corrupt. Even our anti-corruption departments fall an easy prey to the viles of the corrupt persons and they let them go scot free after minor punishment. The law of a land is too weak to deal with the corrupt elements with an iron hand. The vested interests rule the roost. Everybody feels helpless in such a state of affairs. Some people have even started talking of the nationalization of corruption in the country. They argue that we should frankly admit that we are a corrupt nation and that we cannot do without it. It is a matter of shame and regret for all thee who care to hear the call of their conscience. One feels like crying out with Shakespeare.
“O that estate degrees and offices were not derived corruptly.
And that clear honour were purchased by the merit of the wearer!”
Corruption is prevailing at all levels – economic, social, administrative, moral and spiritual. During the past few years, the images of the country has been defaced beyond redemption. A large number of scams, involving top politicians, administrators and VVIPs have come to light. These scams, most of them unearthed by the Central Bureau of Investigation, involve huge sums running into thousands of crores. They have shaken the entire conscience of the country to the bones. The law enforcing agencies are seeking the help of the judicial process to bring the culprits to book. The judicial system however, is full of flaws and the culprits do not find it very difficult to cleverly escape the legal net. The skeletons in a large number of cup-boards are however, coming out and many mightly ministers, politicians and bureaucrats and being exposed. Law might take decades to assert but it has been fully established that we are a nation full of corrupt elements.
Strongholds of corruption are the departments like the P.W.D., Railways, Tele-communication, Banks, department dealing with exports and imports, taxes, quota-permits and licences. Documents and office files to not move unless we grease the plam of the concerned officials. One cannot get the official copy of court judgment from the copying agency in a court unless one pays a fat sum to the agency typist in addition to the official court fee. One can get one’s seat in a train booked easily if one is prepared to pay an extra tip to the booking clerk. An honest man’s application is subjected to delay by red-tapism. Corruption in administrative offices has reached the saturation point Banks, too are, not free from corruption. People are beginning to take corruption for granted. The root cause of corruption is red tape or delay. Persons found guilty should be punished severely. Exemplary punishments should be given to corrupt officials, national character should be improved. Smugglers, black0marketeers and hoarders should be severely dealt with.
Social and spiritual organizations can give a good healthy education to the public. Strong boards like the U.P.S.C. should be organized to deal with anti-social elements. Persons of strong character should be employed. The Government employees must be told to withstand any temptation while discharging their duties. Such officials as lay down noble standards of honesty and efficiency, should be encouraged and honoured at public functions. Dishonest public servants should not only be dismissed, but should also be publicly flogged and put behind the bards. The education system of the country should be re-oriented to inculcate a spirit of honesty amongst the people.
All ministers and public servants should be made to declare their assets. The vigilance department should keep a constant eye on the corrupt officers and other public servants. Ministes and senior officials must set noble examples of an honest living free from corruption, brivery, nepotism and immorality. The law of the land should be provided with more teeth to deal with the corrupt elements. Corruption, at any level, is bad. The Government should launch a vigorous campaign against this social evil. Charity, however, must begin at home.
Evils, it is said, percolate in any society from the top. The topmost people in the country must present model examples of conduct and behavior. They should be completely above board in their dealings and should be honest to a fault. One must not only be honest but one must also be above doubt. Once we are able to curb. Corruption nepotism and bribery in high places, we shall be soon able to root out the evil of corruption from the entire society. May God help us in our object !
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