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Growing economic inequality is worrying, says Ponnuraj

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A SHOW OF DISCIPLINE:Karnataka State Reserve Police team during the Republic Day marchpast in Shimoga on Thursday.— PHOTO: VAIDYA
A SHOW OF DISCIPLINE:Karnataka State Reserve Police team during the Republic Day marchpast in Shimoga on Thursday.— PHOTO: VAIDYA

Deputy Commissioner V. Ponnuraj has expressed concern over the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few persons.

The economic inequality would result in social conflict in the coming days. The problem could be addressed by creating equal opportunities for all individuals, he said after hoisting the National Flag on the occasion of the Republic Day at Nehru Stadium here on Thursday.

The conflicts which rise because of economic disparities would pose a threat to the unity of the nation. To maintain social peace, it was necessary to create an environment in which every individual could earn his livelihood with dignity, he said.

The nation witnessed rapid development on all fronts, the level of legal awareness among the citizens was low. It was unfortunate that even the educated people had failed to honour the law. He underscored the need to abide by the law to maintain social harmony. A campaign should be launched to eradicate terrorism and corruption. The citizens should realise that extremist forces and corrupt elements might once again subject the nation to servitude. He blamed the desire to lead a lavish life as responsible for corruption. He called upon the youths to strive to eradicate corruption. After Independence, the nation had successfully faced the challenges such as poverty and illiteracy. India had achieved self-reliance because of significant progress in agriculture, irrigation and rural development. The Government had accorded priority to upgrade infrastructure and connectivity in villages to bridge the urban-rural divide. He presented details on the development works which were initiated in the district in the past three years and said that projects related to road widening, slum clearance, rejuvenation of tanks, strengthening road and railway connectivity, housing would bring positive changes in the lives of the people here.

Member of Rajya Sabha Ayanur Manjunath, MLA K.S. Eshwarappa, and MLC R.K. Siddaramanna were present. Deputy Commissioner received honour from the police and home guards. Students from various educational institutions presented cultural programmes.

Among the teams from various educational institutions which took part in the parade, the girls team of Jnanadeepa School bagged first prize, the boys team of Navodaya Vidyalaya was awarded second prize, and Sacred Heart School got third prize. Freedom fighters and achievers in sports and cultural activities were honoured.

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