Monday, June 7, 2010

5th Pillar's, Freedom from Corruption Campaign to Disha Scholars

Corporate Social Responsibility is a form of self regulation integrated into a business model to ensure its support to law, ethical standards, and international norms. Consequently, business would embrace responsibility for the impact of its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere. To this effect, Ma foi Management Consultants, a major HR service provider and staffing company in India, have initiated Disha Scholarship scheme, to help the underprivileged children who aspire for higher education. 5th Pillar was invited to one of their events to talk to these scholars about corruption and ways to tackle them. Director of Operations of 5th Pillar, Mr. Subramani addressed the students about the evils of corruption and the novice tool adopted by 5th Pillar to tackle corruption namely the Zero Rupee Note. The Zero Rupee Note that resembles the 50Rs Indian currency was very captive to these kids and their curiosity was quenched with explanation of successes obtained by handing these notes to the corrupt officials. This lead to an interactive session with lot of sparked queries from the active minds. Even though they accept the fact that corruption is an evil practice, one of the student had a query,” How to obtain my basic rights like birth certificate, drivers license and so on without giving bribe, when everyone around me get these documents by shelling out few hundreds”. Mr. Subramani, replied saying that one has to be first aware of the standard fee structure for obtaining these documents and should also prepare the paperwork in order and time. The student community showed a lot of enthusiasm towards fighting the prevalent widespread corruption. "We have thought and talked much about deep-rooted corruption and government insensitiveness and today, through this discussion, we have realized that it is our duty to do our share in reality and moreover awareness on fees structure was a useful insight'' said Jhansi Rani , a Mafoi Scholar during the thanking note. At the end of the event, Zero Rupee Note was distributed to all the participants and a pledge was taken by all to neither accept nor give bribe.

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