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Ethics are declining, but there is still hope: Hegde

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Calls for performance audit of elected representatives

Former Lokayukta of Karnataka Justice Santosh Hegde delivering a talk in Hubli on Wednesday.THE HINDU
Former Lokayukta of Karnataka Justice Santosh Hegde delivering a talk in Hubli on Wednesday.THE HINDU

The former Lokayukta of Karnataka N. Santosh Hegde has said that at a time when ethics and values in all fields were dwindling, there was still light at the end of the tunnel and it would depend on how the youth responded to developments.

He was delivering a lecture on “Ethics and Values: A Primer for Societal Change” in a programme organised by School of Management Studies and Research (SMSR) of BVB College of Engineering and Technology, here on Wednesday.

In an hour-long lecture, Justice Hegde laid threadbare the declining standards in the legislature, judiciary, executive wings of democracy, media and society.

Quoting from discussions in the Constituent Assembly which finally framed and approved the Constitution of India, Mr. Hegde analysed present-day deliberations and actions of elected representatives.

Referring to the 2010 Election Watch survey, he said of the 545 members, only 174 MPs had posed questions or participated in discussions on public issues. He said that there should be a provision for performance audit of elected representatives. He said that as per the Constitution, an elected representative was a public servant, but elected representatives were behaving like they were “janata malik”.

Addressing the students, he advised them to make elected representatives realise people were supreme in a democracy and to ensure that ‘power’ did not go into their heads.

Mr. Hegde regretted that elected representatives were meddling with the functioning of the government. Mr. Hegde called on students not to succumb to the “greed over need disease” and appealed to them to enjoy the pleasure of being honest in their lives.

The former Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University M.I. Savadatti presided over the function. SMSR head S.V. Patil welcomed the gathering. College principal Ashok Shettar, vice-principal B.L. Desai, faculty members, and students were present.

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