Children can play an important role in eradicating corruption by urging their parents not to indulge in corrupt practices, said President APJ Abdul Kalam in New Delhi on Thursday.
Recounting the query of a Class 10 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.
Kalam said: "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."
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'.
He said 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.
Director Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Vijay Shanker said: "Corruption in India has shown remarkable resilience against all efforts. It has become obvious that corruption should be tackled through all-round reforms and not as a law and order problem alone."