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Industry urged to join hands with government for country's growth

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“Business and industry should pay taxes honestly; government should avoid corruption”

Honour: G. Viswanathan, Chancellor of VIT University (5th from left); C. Gnanasekaran, Vellore MLA (4th from left); and P. Karthikeyan, Mayor of Vellore (3rd from right); presenting the ‘Palsuvai Vendhar' award to M. Vengadasubbu, president, Tamil Nadu Hotels Association at a function in Vellore on Saturday. — Photo: Special arrangement
Honour: G. Viswanathan, Chancellor of VIT University (5th from left); C. Gnanasekaran, Vellore MLA (4th from left); and P. Karthikeyan, Mayor of Vellore (3rd from right); presenting the ‘Palsuvai Vendhar' award to M. Vengadasubbu, president, Tamil Nadu Hotels Association at a function in Vellore on Saturday. — Photo: Special arrangement

Business and industry should offer services, sell goods and pay applicable taxes wholeheartedly, while the government should avoid corruption and spend the entire tax money on the development and welfare schemes. This is the only way the growth of the country can be ensured.

“The government and the private sector should join hands to eradicate poverty and help in the growth of the nation”, said G. Viswanathan, Chancellor of VIT University, participating in the felicitation organised by the Lions and Rotary Clubs in Vellore, and various voluntary and trade organisations, for M. Vengadasubbu, Managing Director, Hotel Darling Residency, here on Saturday on his unanimous election as president of the Tamil Nadu Hotels Association.

The VIT Chancellor said the private sector should realise its responsibilities and pay taxes honestly, and follow the practice of making all payments by cheque instead of cash, in order to ensure the correct payment of taxes. Compared to the situation in 1967 when the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam spent a total of Rs.11 lakh for both the Assembly and Parliamentary elections, today, even a village panchayat president spent Rs.17 lakh for his election. This is because of the change in the attitude of the people who are demanding money even to vote for a particular party. The moral instruction, which was imparted in schools about four decades ago, should be revived so that the traits of honesty, integrity and discipline were inculcated in the children so that they would grow up into disciplined and honest citizens, he said.

Mr. Viswanathan called upon the Lions and Rotary Clubs and other religious and service organisations to strive to bring about a change of heart in the people in order that they become honest and disciplined in all their personal and professional dealings, and thus contribute to the development of the country.

Mr. Vengadasubbu was able to rise to his present position by virtue of his education and honesty, he said.

Mr. Viswanathan presented to Mr. Vengadasubbu the ‘Palsuvai Vendhar' award on behalf of the Lions Clubs in Vellore in recognition of his achievements in Lionism, the hospitality industry and the sale of electronic goods.

T.S. Udayashankar, president of the celebration committee, said Mr. Vengadasubbu was instrumental in the screening of three lakh schoolchildren in Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur districts and the distribution of spectacles to 11 per cent of the children in whom vision deficiency was detected, during his tenure of District Governor, Lions International District 324-A4 in 2008-09.

C. Gnanasekaran, Vellore MLA; P. Karthikeyan, Mayor of Vellore; R. Haridoss, District Governor, Lions District 324-A4; V.M. Sankaran, Past Lions District Governor; M.G. Ravichandran, Vice District Governor of the Lions District; T.M. Vijayaraghavalu and N. Sivaraj, advocates; C. Krishnan, president, Federation of Traders' Associations, Vellore district; Dolly Daniel, Head Department of Transfusion Medicine, Christian Medical College; Susheela Suryaprakash, honorary secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Vellore District Branch; and S. Emperumal, Secretary-Activities, Lions Club of Vellore were among the speakers. S. Shanmugasundaram, co-chairman of the celebration committee proposed a vote of thanks.

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