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Transparency and accountability essential to fight corruption - Just
Kottayam, 02 November 2015
A mindset to ensure transparency and accountability in all deals is essential to fight corruption, said Padmabushan Justice K.T. Thomas (Former Supreme Court judge). He was delivering the keynote address in the valedictory meeting of the of the Vigilance Awareness Week in the Rubber Board at Rubber Research Institute of India, Kottayam. He said that corruption was much less in our society when India became independent. Now corruption is deep rooted in all spheres of life. India is the country with the largest number of laws but with minimum compliance. What we need is the enforcement of available laws, he added.
Sri. Cherukara Sunny Lukose, senior journalist, delivered a talk on ‘Azhimathiyum madhyamangalum.’ He said that intervention of media helped in exposing corruption at higher level. The recent trends in taking over of media establishments by corporates were a matter of concern, he added.
Sri. Viju Chacko (Director Finance, Rubber Board) presided over the function. Dr. James Jacob (Director, Research) and Smt. P. Sudha (Director, Training) also spoke on the occasion. Sri. Thomas Augustine (Vigilance Officer) welcomed the gathering and Sri. S.P. Ramesan (Assistant Vigilance Officer) proposed a vote of thanks.
Sri. K.T. Thomas distributed the prizes to the winners of debating and elocution competitions held as part of the observance of Vigilance Awareness Week 2015.
‘Is the present vigilance system in government sufficient to eradicate corruption’ was the topic of debating competition. Teams from the Rubber Board, Hindustan Newsprint Limited and Spices Board of India won first, second and third prizes respectively. Smt. C.E. Jayasree and Smt. Rema G. Nair (Rubber Board); Smt. S.N. Remadevi and Smt. Anu Mohan (Hindustan Newsprint Limited); Sri. M.K. Kesavan Namboothiri and Dr. V. Sreekumar (Spices Board of India) were the participants of the winning teams.
Elocution competition was held for students of schools and colleges in and around Kottayam on the subject ‘Moral values and ethics in preventing corruption’. In the Higher Secondary section, Kum. Sera Grace John (Mount Carmel Girls Higher Secondary School, Kottayam), Kum. Threcy Joboy Lawrence (Pallikkoodam, Kottayam) and Kum. Jyothis Anne George (Mar Dionysius Seminary Higher Secondary School, Kottayam) and Master Siddharth Soy (Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kottayam) won first, second and third prizes respectively.
Kum. Maria Brony (Assumption College, Changanasserri), Kum. Maria Teres Sebastian (Alphonsa College, Pala) and Kum. Alna Mariya Isac (CMS College, Kottayam) won first, second and third places respectively in the competitions for college students.
Elocution competition in Malayalam, Hindi and English were also held for the employees of the Rubber Board in the central zone on the subject ‘Good Governance Practices.' Smt. C.E. Jayasree (Lab Assistant), Sri. A.R. Jayakumar (Junior Assistant Grade-1), and Smt. V.A. Suseela (Lab Assistant) won first, second and third places respectively in the competitions held in Malayalam. Smt. Rema G. Nair (Junior Assistant Grade-1), Smt. P. Nishitha (Junior Assistant) and Sri. Tony Sabu Paul (Junior Assistant Grade-1) won first second and third places respectively in the competitions held in English. Smt. J. Cini (Junior Assistant), Smt. R. Vasanthi (Assistant) and Sri. G. Umasankar (Factory Manager) won first second and third places respectively in the competitions held in Hindi.