Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mr. Vijay Anand addresses the Law students of Sastra University, Tanjore

“Freedom from Corruption” campaign was conducted by 5th Pillar at the Sastra University in Thanjavur on 18th August, 2010. Mr. Vijay Anand addressed the Law students who are our future policy makers and legal analysts who would be a great asset to carry out the much needed reform in our current socio-political scenario. He emphasized the use of RTI Act to address the delayed services and to redress the anomalies in many departments. Five thought provoking questions were given to the students to better understand their views and stand in the current social network. Simple formalities of say for example obtaining a drivers license or ration card, becomes an ordeal, whereas now with the new Right to Information Act, it has facilitated people in many cases to retrieve their delayed services. Zero Rupee Note a novice tool adopted by 5th Pillar to combat corruption paved way to interesting discussion about how the officials react when they are rebutted with Zero currency. Mr. Anand listed events when the Zero Rupee Note has aided the public to get their services without having to pay that extra fee. There was an interesting discussion about the disparity in the amount we pay to get the same services say for example getting a two wheeler license. Zero Rupee Note was distributed to all the participants and a pledge was taken to neither accept nor give bribe.

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