Friday, August 17, 2007

Madurai Press Release - The Hindu, August 16th 2007



Tamil Nadu - Madurai Students’ support to be garnered for fighting corruption
Special Correspondent
TIRUCHI: The 5th Pillar, a non-governmental organisation for fighting corruption, has planned to reach out to about one lakh school and college students in the State to enlist their support for the cause.
The organisation has already conducted sensitisation programmes, which included brief modules on the effective use of the Right to Information Act, in about 28 institutions spread over eight districts in the State.
It has also been conducting a signature campaign as part of the initiative.
The campaign in the rest of the districts would be completed soon and it would culminate in Chennai by September, Vijay Anand, president, 5th Pillar, told media persons here on Wednesday.
Student members were being enrolled during the campaign and each institution would have male and female representatives to spread the message. Student members undertake a pledge against giving bribes.
“We will go back to the institutions that we cover to conduct elaborate training programmes on the RTI Act,” Mr.Anand said. The forum would provide training to government officials on the RTI Act, if the government made a request.
The organisation would launch a chapter in Andhra Pradesh. It has also planned to conduct a survey to measure the impact of corruption on the common man and come out with a corruption index for each district in the State, he said.
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