Children can play an important role in eradicating corruption by urging their parents not to indulge in corrupt practices, said President APJ Abdul Kalam here on Thursday.
Recounting the query of a Class X student during his visit to Karnataka last year on how society could be made corruption-free, Kalam said he had told her that children can help.
“There are one billion people living in approximately 200 million houses. However, if we find that people in a few million houses are not transparent to the laws of the country, then children living in these homes should urge their parents not to indulge in corrupt practices,” Kalam said.
Children should use the ‘tool of love’ to influence their parents and relatives, he said, speaking at the ‘16th Biennial Conference of Central Bureau of Investigation and State Anti-Corruption Bureaux/Vigilance Bureaux-2006.’
The President said that he had met over 54,000 students during the function of Foundation of Unity of Religion and Enlightened Citizenship (FUREC) last year and all of them had pledged to start a movement to influence their parents and family members.
“The children were confident that they would be able to influence their parents by using their love as a tool,” he said. The President said there was an increasing need to start educating children about the ill-effects of corruption at an early age so that they can grow up to become better citizens and make India corruption free.