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Recognize those who practise simple life: K. Roy Paul
Kottayam, 07 November 2016

For eradicating corruption, society should recognize and admire those who practise simple life and a value system that consider them as role models should be developed, said Sri. K. Roy Paul IAS (Retd.), former Secretary of Govt. of India and former member of UPSC. He was delivering the key note address in the valedictory function, in the observance of Vigilance Awareness Week at the Rubber Board. Now, wealth has got a negative influence in the society and it is considered as a footstep towards social recognition, he added.

The Rubber Board has the reputation of a corruption free organization. Generally in Kerala, the volume of corruption is relatively less as compared to other states. Corruption in the real estate sector is rampant. Unwillingness to do a job is the real problem rather than unemployment. The parents who took great efforts in giving their children the best education are not keen in inculcating high values in them. School curriculum in the country does not give priority to teach moral values. Legal system has to be cut short and formalities for giving licenses should be kept at a minimum to reduce corruption, said Sri. K Roy Paul.

Whenever there is legal amendment to root out corruption, it still resurges in some way or other through the loop holes in the system, said Sri. A Ajith Kumar IAS, Chairman, Rubber Board, who presided over the function. Desire should be controlled and transformation of the society should come from individuals, he said.

Sri. Viju Chacko (Secretary-in-charge and Finance Director, Rubber Board) spoke on the occasion. Sri. Thomas Augustine, Vigilance Officer, Rubber Board welcomed the gathering and Sri. S.P. Ramesan, Assistant Vigilance Officer proposed a vote of thanks.

Sri. Roy Paul gave away the prizes to the winners of various competitions held as a part of observance of Vigilance Awareness Week. In the elocution competition for students of higher secondary schools on the subject ‘Public participation in promoting integrity and eradicating corruption’, Kum. Teres Sajeev (Pallikoodam, Kottayam), Kum. Smitha Susan Varghese (Lourdes Public School, Kottayam) and Kum. Shilpa Sarah Mathew (Mount Carmel Girls Higher Secondary School, Kottayam) won the first, second and third prizes respectively. In the elocution competition for the Rubber Board employees Sri. S Suryakumar, Sri. C Pradeep and Sri. AR Jayakumar won first, second and third prizes respectively. In the poster competition for college students on the subject ‘Moral values and ethics in preventing corruption’, Sri. Samson Jose (Devamatha College, Kuravilangad), Kum. A. Abhirami (Alphonsa College,Pala) and Kum. Elizebath Pious (Alphonsa College, Pala) won first, second and third prizes respectively.

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