'Greed over need' marring society: Lokayukta

Hegde asks youth to insulate themselves from corruption

Speaking at a seminar for youth on ‘youth and social responsibility—A Swami Vivekananda perspective’ organised by the Ramakrishna Mutt here on Tuesday, he said that everyone who is  participating in the process of administration is suffering from the diseases of ‘greed over need.’

“Malpractice and corruption exist everywhere. It is a highly contagious disease, which is rising incrementally. Unless one puts check on this contagious disease, future would be bleak,” said Justice Hegde

He called upon the youth to insulate themselves from this contagious disease.

 “Try to understand the meaning of satisfaction and contentment. Wanting more is human nature but being satisfied with what legitimately you have is the true character of an individual,” he said.

Justice Hegde said that ‘honesty’  is a word which often does not go well with elected representatives.

“Most elected representatives think on the lines of how fast they can make money. They forget the fact that they have been chosen to serve the people. When other two organs of the democracy failed, people pinned hopes on judiciary for long time, thinking that it will come to their rescue. However, now even this thinking has become a myth,” said Justice Hegde. He said that human considerations and honesty are the two basic quality that every individual must possess.

 “If you do not have these basic qualities, then you are not a complete human being. One needs to be ambitious to become successful but never allow your ambition to become obsession,” he said.

The problems existing in the society would have not been there if people had respected one another for their character and not for their wealth, Justice Hegde added.

Stating that Panchayat system was created to take administration to the door steps of the people, Justice Hegde questioned, if the benefits are reaching the beneficiaries despite spending crores of rupees for rural development.

Later in an interactive session to a query on Justice Dinakaran case, he said “nobody is above law.

Procedure of impeachment of judges of Higher Courts should be done away with. “An oversee committee should be constituted to look into the conduct of judges,” Justice Hegde opined.

In his introductory remarks Swami Jitakamanandaji said that the seminar is being organised as a prelude to 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

The purpose of the seminar is to synergise talents and capabilities of the youth to script the great Indian story of inclusive growth.

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