Mangalore, October 19: Justice of the supreme Court Kurian Joseph said, “It is the duty of all the citizens to caste vote”. He opined that, if there was such a rule that, the citizens who fail to caste vote are not eligible to avail the government benefits; then all citizens might have come forward to cast their votes.
He spoke at “silver jubilee endowment lecture ” organised by the old students association in SDM Law College on Saturday.
All the citizens must take an oath of framing a strong country by adopting our constitutional duties as the legal rights in his daily life. A document must be obtained by the election commission candidates of clearing off all the materials used for campaigning during elections.
It is not sufficient if the basic duties are mentioned in the constitution, but it must be followed by the citizens in their daily life. There is a need of creating awareness in this regard. Our conscience is above all the laws. We must query our inner-souls as to what extent we are following our duty, he said.
The central and the state government have to prioritise the awareness among the youth regarding civic duty and community development. Through this the young generation must follow their duties to fame their country. They must be educated to emphasise on environmental care, cleanliness, honesty and integrity. The private entrepreneurs must motivate to frame the country. The media should support the cause, he said.
For the betterment of the country, the eligible tax payers ought to pay their taxes. Various development programmes are carried out utilising the tax paid by the citizens. A day in the year should be observed as “A day of basic duty”, he said.
The Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala as well as the president of SDM Education Institution Dr D Veerandra Hegde said in his presidential address that, it is our duty to develop healthy and liable citizens. Through our education system we must work to create awareness about our rights as well as our duty, he said.
He pointed on the fact that, Dharmasthala is in the long tradition of justice. Here, than the law; justice is decided based on the trust in god.
Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development which is already implemented Project and the Prime Minister’s call for the clean-up campaign, in this regard let us all take an oath, he said.
In the gathering, Justice Kurian Joseph was honoured on behalf of the college by Dr D Veerendra Hegde. The Vice-principal of the college Uday Kumar M, read the certificate of honour.
SDM Law College Principal Dr. P. D. Sebastian welcomed. Maheshchandra Nayak proposed vote of thanks. College lecturer Dr. Taranatha compeered the program.