December 12, 2015
“Iraivane, oozhal ozhiya vendum…naatin nalanai thaduppathu lanjam…” (Lord, eradicate corruption…the welfare of the nation is prevented by bribes). It is with this prayer that the women began the function. In these times, it is difficult to find honest officials who do not accept bribes. But, the Anti-Corruption Movement, Coimbatore, managed to find nine such gems, serving in various sensitive government departments, and honoured them for their integrity at a function held at Tamilnadu Agricultural University today.
The nine honest officials felicitated by the Anti-Corruption Movement are K.R. Deepa (Income Tax Officer, Ward No.3), S. Balaji (Income Tax Officer Ward No.4), K.K.Gopal (Block Development Officer, Annur), P.Jayanthi (Executive Engineer, PWD Ground Water), G. Jesukannan (Village Assistant, Ganapathy), P. Kalimuthu (Foreman TANGEDCO,Kinathukadavu), P.Kanagaraj (Associate Professor of Government Arts College), T. Murugan (Assistant Engineer, TANGEDCO, Mettupalayam), and N. Muthuchami (Assistant Treasury Officer, Coimbatore).
N. Muthusamy, Assistant Treasury Officer, said, “The quote Lanjam Thavir, Nenjam Nimir (Say no to bribes, stand with your head held high), by IAS officer U. Sagayam is my inspiration. In my 30 years of service, I had remained honest towards my job. I was lucky to get a government job. I never expect anything more than my salary. There are many such honest officers in all the departments. This programme should reach everyone and let everyone participate in the next anti-corruption movement.”
“Many of my co-workers used to tease me for my sincerity towards my job. But today, I feel proud to receive an award for my honesty,” P. Jayanthi, Executive Engineer, PWD Ground Water, said. “In my 33 years of service I neither gave nor accepted any bribes. Due to this, it took me three months to get my son’s passport. I never support corruption,” she added.
P. Kanagaraj, Associate Professor of Government Arts College, said, “I have been giving free IAS coaching to students. So far 68 of my students have cleared the IAS exams. Most IAS officers from Tamil Nadu are appointed in other states. I always advise youngsters to involve in anti-corruption movement.”
“Corruption is not just accepting bribes. Giving bribes is also part of corruption. There are also grey areas of corruption, like helping someone from their own communities, etc.,” A. Amalraj, Commissioner of Police, said. “Every individual is responsible for their mistake and have the rights to question the mistakes. This anti-corruption movement will create awareness among the youngsters,” he added.
During the first session of the function, a debate was held, with eight students from different colleges. Well-known orator M. Uma Maheswary moderated the debate.
F. Barkath Nisha, a student of social work, said, “Our generation should take steps to stop corruption. Our nation will become corruption-free only if there is no caste, creed and religion. Right from the childhood parents should teach their children about not encouraging corruption. But the parents fail to do so and give away lots of money as donations. The society should not encourage corruption.”
“During the Chennai floods, I managed to raise Rs.5 Lakhs from my college students and went to the collectorate to hand it over to the collector. But, I was worried if the money would reach the sufferers, because in this corrupted state, we are unable to trust anyone,” L.M. Salaivishwaraj, final year student, said.