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Bhopal victims have waited for too long

The editorial, “Waiting for justice: Bhopal victims deserve adequate relief” (Dec 8), has portrayed the tale of the world’s worst industrial disaster, the Bhopal gas tragedy, which claimed scores of lives. Even after 25 years the misfortune of gas victims continues. It has rightly been suggested that justice must not only be done but must also be seen to be done.  

Indeed, the compensation of Rs 25,000 is not enough for the gas victims. It is surprising that no one has been punished for the Bhopal tragedy even after 25 years. The Union Carbide’s former Chairman Warren Anderson was granted bail and is living peacefully in Long Island near New York.

The decision of the government to erect a memorial for the gas victims is not at all appreciable and is sheer wastage of funds. This money should be used in other welfare activities for gas victims, including their health, rehabilitation and education. At the same time, the government should seriously think of how best to take care of the health of the survivors.

HARISH K. MONGA, Ferozepore

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Control price rise

There is an urgent need to control the rising prices of daily household items, including vegetables, pulses, foodgrains and sugar, etc, which are continuously going beyond the reach of the average earner (article, “Price rise is alarming” by Jayshree Sengupta, Nov 19).

As it is, a large section of the population in India is below the poverty line. If prices continue to skyrocket, the children of the lower income groups would not get enough food and will remain undernourished. The government must take immediate action against hoarders and check price rise.

ANJU ANAND, Chambaghat, Solan


The unprecedented price-rise of all essential commodities has made the life of the common man miserable. As vegetables, pulses, sugar and other eatables are going out of the reach of the common man, he feels cheated.

Our crorepati MPs cannot imagine the plight of the common man on the verge of starvation.

The Opposition is woefully silent on the burning issue of price rise. While the Lok Sabha is adjourned on trivial issues, no one is taking up the serious issue of price-rise.


Fuel-efficient vehicles

After the announcement of new air quality norms, the new fuel efficiency norms for vehicles, to be notified soon, is a welcome step.

The proposed standards must be considered in lieu of the immense benefits in terms of savings in fuel consumption and reduced carbon emissions and must be implemented seriously as and when these become mandatory.


Road deaths

The absence of India’s ministerial representation from the first global summit on road safety in Moscow (editorial, “Deaths on roads”, Nov 30) points at the lackadaisical attitude of the Indian government.

It is astounding to note that the UN meeting had been planned a year ago and attended by ministers from over 70 countries but the Minister for Surface Transport Kamal Nath did not consider it obligatory to attend it.

Though India has only 1 per cent of the world’s vehicles, it accounts for 10 per cent of the deaths on roads in India every year. Whopping 77 per cent road mishaps in India occur due to mistakes made by drivers. The need of the hour is to create traffic awareness among people. Strict penalties must be imposed on erring drivers.


Jumbo-sized AG office

Toeing its previous policy, the Hooda government has once again made the office of state Advocate-General jumbo-sized by inducting 100 odd law officers under various designations. Although some years back their number used to be just over a couple of dozen, but in recent times strength is multiplying for reasons best known to powers-that-be. The neighbouring state of Punjab is no exception.

Worse still, these appointments are marred by lack of transparency as well as absence of due or fair process of appointment. Those appointed are often alleged to be loyalists of the ruling elite.

Political compulsions apart, the state ought to consider the necessity of retaining a huge battery of these law officers in view of the fact that even then the success rate of the government as litigant/prosecutor/appellant remains dismal. The state should mull a policy of preparing a panel of distinguished advocates having eminence or specialisation in relevant fields for arguing its cases.

HEMANT KUMAR, Advocate, Ambala City



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