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Press release - The Hindu online Edition, Aug 31 2007

Tamil Nadu - Dindigul Students join campaign against corruption
Staff Reporter
They take an oath not to give or accept bribe
Bold statement: School students signing on a mega banner opposing corruption at St. Joseph’s Girls’ Higher Secondary School in Dindigul on Thursday.
DINDIGUL: Hundreds of students in St. Joseph’s Girls Higher Secondary School have signed up en masse on a 30 foot-wide banner for fighting corruption, thanks to an initiative and State-wide campaign by The 5th Pillar, a non-governmental organisation here on Thursday. All students took an oath not to give or accept bribe.
A much-attracted, zero-value irregular-sized currency notes carrying slogans ‘eliminate corruption at all levels and I promise to neither accept nor give bribe,’ were distributed to the students in the school. 5th Pillar planned to reach out to lakh of school and college students in the State to seek their support for this noble cause.
Already, 16 districts have been covered. Next stop is Theni and then proceeding to Ramanathapuram, he added.
“We have been celebrating August as ‘freedom from corruption’ month to intensify the campaign.”
Students will also be enrolled during the campaign and each institution will have representatives to spread these messages. Efforts are also on to make people to utilise the Right to Information Act fully. One-and-half lakh zero value currency notes had been distributed to students so far.
Issuance of birth certificate immediately after the delivery of babies, death certificates within seven days after registration of death and pattas immediately after registration would certainly scale down corruption to a larger extent, they suggested.
Rotary past district governor, P.S.D. Chandrasekaran presided over.
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