National People Awareness Organization run by Paramakudi 5th Pillar Chapter coordinator, Mr. Muthukumar, organized the Independence Day celebration on 15th August 2010 at Paramakudi. He conducted district level Essay, Speech and Debate competition and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners were selected in each category. On 16th August 2010, 5th Pillar along with National People Awareness Organization organized a meeting in MGR Nagar, Paramakudi to felicitate the winners of 15th event, and to inaugurate the 5th Pillar chapter in Paramakudi.
The District Collector of Ramnad, Sri.Hariharan presided over the meeting and distributed prize cups and certificates issued by 5th Pillar to the 20winners. The collector emphasized the importance of corruption free society and applauded the efforts of 5th Pillar in combating corruption. He asked the public to liberally use the Zero Rupee Note in government offices when they are faced with bribery and encouraged people to stand up against bribe. He said that he would adhere to strict policies in his office to root out corruption.
President of 5th Pillar Mr. Vijay Anand spoke about the use of RTI Act in addressing the delayed services and the success achieved by filing RTI petitions. He mentioned that RTI is an important tool to tackle corruption. Zero Rupee Notes were distributed to all the participants and an oath was taken to neither accept nor give bribe.
Ex- MLA, Mr.Balusamy, spoke about the activities and operations of 5th Pillar and commended the efforts of 5th Pillar. He explained about the 4 pillars of democracy and mentioned how 5th Pillar acts to uphold democracy when one or all the other 4 pillars fail.
Police Inspector, Mr. Sivakumar and Sub- Inspector, Mr. Saravanakumar spoke about the importance of anti-corruption movement and the benefits of corruption free society. Local doctors of Paramakudi took part in this event to bolster their support to the social cause.
District Manager of 108 Ambulance service, Mr. Paul Robinson shared a very sad state of our government hospitals. He mentioned that in government hospitals the parents are charged Rs.500 for male child and Rs. 300 for female child. In this we can also see another social injustice embedded, namely how a male child is prided over a female child. When is our society going to change when we have a partiality even in corruption. Mr. Robinson urged the public to support organizations like 5th Pillar who can eradicate corruption from our society.
Collector Mr. Hariharan inaugurated the Paramakudi chapter of 5th Pillar and urged all the 360 participants to support 5th Pillar by acting as pillars of our democracy.