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Corruption more dangerous than cancer: Naresh Gupta

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As many as 23 officials, who maintained a clean record throughout their careers, were honoured


‘The best way to fight corruption was by inculcating social values in every individual'

Everyone should develop the courage and boldness to question wrong-doings: Sylendra Babu


Coimbatore: Corruption that has presence in all spheres of society was more dangerous than cancer, former chief electoral officer Naresh Gupta said, here on Saturday.

Mr. Gupta was speaking at a seminar organised by the Anti-Corruption Movement – Coimbatore District Unit, on the theme “Save Mother India” at Kikani Higher Secondary School, where officers with an unblemished service record were honoured.

Students who excelled in various competitions were also presented certificates.

Mr. Gupta said that corruption had seeped into even educational institutions in the form of capitation fees and existed in the employment sector too.

The best way to fight corruption was by inculcating social values in every individual. This should begin at the school level itself, he said. Personal values, patriotism, concern for society, integrity and honesty were the values that should be imbibed by the younger generation in order to weed out corruption, the former chief electoral officer said.

Punitive action

To fight corruption, punitive action should be made stringent even at the lowest level.

Fighting corruption should neither be based on the size of the issue nor the quantum of money involved. Even small irregularities should be treated severely, Mr Gupta said.

City Police Commissioner C. Sylendra Babu said that honesty and integrity were the virtues that should be inculcated right from one's childhood. There was a need to create both an awareness and aversion against corruption among the younger generation, he said.

Everyone should develop the courage and boldness to question wrong-doings or irregularities wherever and whenever it was noticed. In the first place, the public should come forward to prefer a complaint in the event of a demand for bribe, especially in government offices.

Earlier, a debate, moderated by Kavignar Puviarasu, was conducted on the reasons for corruption and the means to fight it. The guests of honour later handed out certificates to the students who won the oratorical and essay writing competitions.

As many as 23 officials, who maintained a clean record throughout their careers, were honoured.

Fourteen officials from the Agriculture Department, one each from the Education, Public Works Department and Treasury, five from the Electricity Board, five from Revenue and six officials from the Police Department were felicitated.

The president of the Movement, Durai Kumaravelu and the secretary N.K. Velu said that the objective of honouring these officials was to motivate others in various departments.

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