New Delhi: Amid a debate on ways to check corruption, former President A P J Abdul Kalam on Monday said the "never ending greed" can be countered through the "goodness of youth"  who can play a crucial role in countering challenges like graft and moral turpitude.

He said India's quest to evolve as an economically developed nation by 2020 is being hindered by issues such as corruption, moral turpitude and environmental degradation.

In his inaugural address at the second Global Agri-business Incubation Conference here, Kalam said though the country has been making significant progress in all directions, these crucial issues need to be addressed.

"They include corruption and moral turpitude in the nation, environmental degradation and the need to build a compassionate society. These are the evils, which need to be defeated by the goodness of youth," Kalam said.

"The fight for corruption free, ethical society, good environment hence will have to be fought against this greed and replace 'what can I take' to the spirit of 'what can I give'," the former President said.

Emphasising on inculcating the spirit of 'what can I give', Kalam added that it would not only be one's strength but also ensure a society, which is compassionate, environmentally conscious and caring.

(Agencies)