It was a chance meeting that our Founder member, Mr. C.M. Jayaraman had with members of the renowned V O Chidamabaramnathan’s (VOC) family, during Sept.1983, that gave birth to Citizens’ Voice Coimbatore (previously called Citizens Voice Club). Subsequent to his meeting with J.Kamalanathan, Indian Express Columnist Mr. J.M. Prabhu, who was the driving force gave CM Jayaraman the required morale boost to pursue social service as a passion.
Despite being close to 80 years of age, Mr. Prabhu guided Jayaraman in his endeavor to prepare for seminars / talks shows etc. It will be inappropriate not to mention a word of ‘thanks’ to the visionary Mr. Prabhu, from whom Jayaraman imbibed the qualities about Consumerism and the challenges faced by the consumers in various sectors. It was from here that Jayaraman initiated efforts to help ‘consumers’ by writing to News Papers on variety of consumer issues, to highlight the plight of the Indian Consumer. During this period, he was joined by three likeminded friends – Mr. C .V Manikandan, Mr. R. Ganeshan and Mr. Rafi Ahmed, who actually laid the foundation for CVC. This group was further enhanced with the life member support of Mr. V.K.Vasudevan, with a donation of Rs. 500.00, which helped the team design and list activities.
From then on, it was by word of mouth that few eminent people, from various walks of life joined the group and it was no looking back from then on. Then we had philanthropists like Mr. G. D. Gopal, who came forward and offered us office space with all amenities to this day!Being the first of its kind in the city of Coimbatore, to help Consumers raise their voice, against irregularities, it soon became a movement. It received accolades at both State and Central levels, for the good work done to society at large and the membership grew beyond 100. A testimony to this was the recognition received by CVC for winning Central and State level awards.
Some of the major milestones achieved during those growing years.