Vice President Naidu Calls for Eradication of Corruption from India

Vice President M. Venkaiyah Naidu speaking on the opening day of Bihar Diwas in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: Vice President of India M Venkaiyah Naidu, speaking at the inauguration of Bihar Diwas at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Thursday, gave a call for eradication of corruption from the system saying corruption was the biggest enemy of the people of India and the enemy of the nation.

"The entire country is a victim of corruption. Even former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was known of saying that all the government fund for various social schemes were disbursed among corrupt officials before ever reaching its intended destination. That is why today we are trying to cut down the middle-men and take the money directly to the intended recipient," the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader who was the chief guest this year, said.

Naidu also talked about other social evils like casteism and communalism saying there should be no place for such things in today's society and voters should be extremely careful in choosing their leaders and choose only those who came out strong on moral values and who showed deep respect for all people regardless of their caste or religion.

The Vice President expressed his support for reservation in jobs for women and laws to protect them.

Advocating strengthening of India's education system, Naidu said that though the nation was solidly on the path of development, it was still a shame that 25% of the Indian population still lived below the poverty line and about the same percentage of people were illiterate.

"This is a great challenge for us and we must unite to overcome this bane," he said.

Naidu also said that he was speaking as a citizen of India and not as a member of any political party.

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