'India needs stronger law to tackle corruption'

'India needs stronger law to tackle corruption'
Updated 30 April 2013

'India needs stronger law to tackle corruption'

'India needs stronger law to tackle corruption'

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: India has strong legal framework for fighting crimes in the society and eradicating corruption, but it’s not enough to cleanse the system, Oommen Chandy, the chief minister of the southern Indian state of Kerala, said on Saturday.
Inaugurating the 40th anniversary celebrations of Sunni Students Federation (SSF) in the southern port city of Kochi, the chief minister said, “Corruption and violence, especially against women and children, are on the rise. We have to uphold high moral values and fight the evil from within,” Chandy said
Lauding the role of SSF in “propagating virtues and preventing the evil” in the society, he said the activities of the organization would instill confidence in the entire society in the system, and the discipline that the group maintains should be emulated by all.
“Students have a responsibility to resist violence and injustice. The SSF is blessed with a dedicated and disciplined cadre and its role in fighting social evils is well established. Very few can claim the organizational discipline of the SSF, which deserves a special appreciation for inculcating a culture of moral values in the cadre,” he said.
The concluding session of the three-day conference started with a massive students’ rally that ended at the sprawling Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in the city where tens of thousands of students converged.
Some 6000 delegates from across the state and various Indian universities attended different sessions of the three-day conference that urged student community to rededicate themselves for the betterment of the country and the society.
Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulema president Sayed Abdurahiman Kunhikkoya Thangal presided over the function. Dr. Aliyyul Hashimi, chief religious advisor to UAE president, Dr. Muhammul Khatheeb (UAE), Sayed Ibrahim Khaleel Al Bukhari, who heads the Ma’adin group of institutions, and others addressed the public meeting.
“The government should take it seriously and give more autonomy to higher educational institutions and research centers so that Kerala too have centers of excellence,” the resolution said.
The conference also demanded the state and central governments to increase the number of scholarships and fellowships for minority students.
Delivering the keynote address, Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musliyar, the general secretary of All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulema who inaugurated the conference, said political parties working in the name of religious minorities are not the sole representatives of the minority communities.
Robert Farook D Crane, the former adviser to US President Robert Nixon and political analyst, inaugurated the opening session attended by Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader MA Baby, Yusuffali MA, Galfar Muhammedali, MI Shanavas MP, TA Ahmed Kabeer MLA and others.
K Babu, the state’s seaports and airports minister, Prof. KV Thomas, the federal food minister, writer NS Madhavan, Patna University professor Shameem Munimi, Sathish Deshpande of Delhi School of Economics, Calicut University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Abdul Salam and Cochin University of Scince and Technology Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ramachandran Thekkedath participated in various sessions.