President APJ Abdul Kalam on Monday asked the 540 million youths of the country to start a movement against bribery.
Kalam was replying to a query by a Jhabua-based student of School of Excellence, Ashish, at Haatyadeli village in tribal dominated district of Madhya Pradesh about his vision for 2020 and the means to achieve it when nearly 21 billion dollars were paid as bribes in the world and India was ranked by World Bank in a report as the ninth most corrupt country.
"There were 540 million youths in the country and they can build a movement against corruption. They can urge their parents to make the country corruption-free," Kalam said.
Interacting with the President, Ashish said he wanted to become an IAS officer to serve the poor and the country.
Earlier Kalam visited a jatropha plantation site, inspected water bodies and a Headstart Centre.
Kalam, who mostly spoke in Hindi, donated 10 computers and two printers to the Headstart Centre, besides administering pledges to students and villagers against corruption and racial discrimination, for planting trees and removing bias against girls in the field of education.
Kalam also lauded the tribal culture and a Bhagoria dance presentation.
He also suggested steps to Collector Rajkumar Pathak on improving jatropha cultivation and on starting an alternative fuel processing plant for economic development of the village.