Sunday, January 20, 2013

Fr. Joe addresses a packed auditorium of college students at Shanmukhananda Hall, Mumbai

It has been increasingly felt over the last couple of years, that leadership of our country needs to be complemented by civil rights groups in undertaking major reforms in governance. Towards this end, citizens in general and leaders from business and other professional groups in particular, need to join hands to sustain and strengthen the process of change. Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT), a registered trust,having on its board Late Mr. B. G. Deshmukh, Mr. J. F. Ribeiro,, Dr. R. K. Anand, Mr. Dara Gandhy, Dr. Ratna Magotra, Mr. Kumar Ketkar, Mr. S. S. Puri,  Ms, Nandini Sardesai, Mr. Gulam A. Vahanvaty and founded by a few concerned citizens, has the capability to mobilize public opinion and increase public participation and activism towards creating more transparent and efficient governance. PCGT works to ensure enactment of laws and policies, which promote honesty, transparency and accountability in governance. It takes up causes which affect large segments of society, especially the middle classes, and it promotes islands of integrity and excellence among government and other bodies.
PCGT have been having many programs all over the country to mobilize citizens about their civil rights. At the recently concluded program at Sanmukanada Hall Mumbai on “Youth for governance India I care” on Addiction Free, Corruption Free and Violence Free.
The audience mainly college students listened with rapt attention to Fr. Joe H Pereira, Founder Managing Trustee speak on Addiction and HIV, and how the youth can play a major role in battling addiction and co- related issues like corruption and violence with an holistic approach from Brokenness to Wholeness to Holiness. Fr. Joe’s address was well applauded by all present in the packed auditorium. Other speakers that addressed the students on various issues were Mumbai Commisioner of Police Dr. Satyapal Singh, Dr. Harish Shetty Social Psychiatrist, founder of Mitri for families affected with Mental illness, Mr. Chamanlal- IPS(Retd), highly respected by the people wherever he has working with Adivasis in Karnataka and Tamilnadu, Mr. Shantanu Gawde- 16 year old student who is almost a genius in fighting cyber crime and use of social media in an ethical manner, Mr. V Shankar Educationist and Philanthropist in SIES group of institutions, Mr. Narayan Varma C.A Senior RTI activist and Jt. Mg. Trustee of PCGT and Mr. Rebeiro Julio. IPS-(Retd), Chairman of Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT).