Sunday, March 14, 2010

5th Pillar's Awareness Campaign in US Engineer's wedding in Gobichettipalayam

5th Pillar's team set-up an information desk in the wedding reception of Mr. Arul, US Engineer to Ms. Suganya in Gobichettipalayam. President of 5th Pillar Mr. Vijay Anand, addressed the guests of the wedding about the operations of our organization, and the importance of taking a stand against corruption, for better society. Mr. Anand gave a detailed list of success achieved by distributing Zero Rupee Note to corrupt officials and by filing Right to Information (RTI) petitions to solve basic problems, like obtaining ration card, land patta, student loan etc. Public are sometime shocked when we say that they can get their ration card without paying bribe. To motivate them Mr. Anand gave them a list of instances when our organization filed an RTI petition to obtain basic necessities like ration card, electricity connection on time. Volunteers of 5th Pillar distributed Zero Rupee Notes to all the guests and encouraged them to approach our organization when they are forced to pay bribe. Many of the guests were very interested to know about the organization that is fighting their battle, and some right away became a member of our organization to show their support. Weddings have a big gathering from different cities and would be an ideal venue to spread the message among broader spectrum. Some retired government officials who attended the wedding extended their support to our organization by donating their time and expertise.

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