Wednesday, November 29, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Row over ICAR chief’s removal

THE action of the government in removing Dr R.S. Paroda (The Tribune, Nov 17) from the top agricultural scientist’s position of DG (ICAR & Secretary to the Government of India (DARE) is highly deplorable.

The pretext taken by the Minister for Agriculture that he has been placed on “compulsory wait” to obtain relevant documents to ensure an impartial probe into irregularities in the purchase of computers does not hold good since the minister has full authority to ask for the records from the purchasing section, which maintains records.

The records are not maintained by the DG. Also, the so-called “wait” is meaningless because Dr Paroda was holding a technical position. It would appear that there is a political conspiracy to remove him, and the plea taken by the minister is simply a cover-up.

It is good that a probe has been initiated to investigate irregularities in the purchase of computers in the ICAR. It should be done with fairness and any person found guilty should be punished. But one cannot punish a person without any charge without giving him an opportunity.


Such a hasty step in removing Dr Paroda is clearly violative of basic norms and practices. The government has apparently flouted all norms and regulations. This is a vindictive action and against the basic principle of natural justice, and is thus unlawful. As per law, a person can not be punished unless proved guilty.

In doing so, the government has publicly damaged the personal reputation of a reputed scientist, who is a recipient of Padma Bhushan and many other awards. It has a demoralising effect on the entire scientific community in the country. Many eminent scientists and scientific bodies have expressed great concern and have protested against such an unwarranted removal of a reputed scientist.

Dr Y.P. Gupta

People’s attitude to security shocking

I AM visiting India after a gap of nearly 5 years. While in the US, I have been following the events in Kashmir and the north-east parts of India rather closely.

It shocked me to see that most of the people in India care more about movies and cricket rather than the terrorist threats. The media and the common people’s lives are dominated by movies and cricket.

This general disinterest in the affairs of national security portends ill for the nation.

Dr S. K. Thomas
New York

Creation of new states

This is with reference to the write up of T.V. Rajeswar (Nov 25). Creation of more and more states in India will never solve our problems, nor will it bring better administration.

More states mean more disintegration and disunity in the country because different states start demanding share in the natural resources which are required to be available for the whole of the country.

It would have been better if all these states were converted into administrative units and those units should be looked after through zonal councils and ultimate control should be with Parliament which is representing the whole country.




Why politicise SGPC?

This is in response to the news item “Badal to name SGPC President” (Nov 22).

Why should a purely religious organisation be run by politicians? Political meddling in the SGPC has gradually corroded people’s faith in it. Imagine the Italian premier nominating the office bearers of Vatican or for that matter any other politician nominating a church ministry anywhere in the world.

Naya Nangal

Woes of teachers

Despite assurances from the Finance Secretary, Haryana and the Director, Higher Education, Haryana, the grant-in-aid to the private colleges of Haryana has not been paid for over four months now. This has resulted in the non-payment of salaries to thousands of teachers and the non-teaching staff of these colleges.

The officials of Haryana College Teachers’ Union (HCTU) are always running from pillar to post for remedy but unfortunately their efforts do not yield any results due to the callous attitude of the government.

The role of the managements of these colleges is even more detrimental. As employers, it is their statutory duty to pay salary to their respective staff by the 10th of every month. However, far from doing this, they have not made any concrete efforts to impress upon the Haryana Government the need for releasing the grant-in-aid in time.

I urge upon the Haryana Government to take to task the managements of all those private colleges who are not fufilling their duties as employers.

Ambala Cantt

Government apathy

Haryana government’s apathy in not releasing grant-in-aid to the non-government colleges for months together is only one side of the picture. Equally disturbing is the attitude of the government in not allowing the filling up of the vacancies in the teaching staff including principals in the colleges for the last two years.


Ruchika case

Apropos your editorial “Rathore must go” (Nov 21), law does take its course provided somebody is there to move it. In the Ruchika case, Madhu and Anand Parkash deserve all the praise for displaying courage of conviction by single handedly waging struggle and making law enforcing machinery to move. It goes to their credit that they did it, despite the accused being a high ranking police officer with all the force at his back and call.

The entire episode shows how law-enforcing people are worse than street criminals and indulge in more crimes to cover up their nefarious acts. Government should simultaneously initiate disciplinary action against him and the IPS officers association should expel him forthwith.

Ambala Cantt

LONG DELAY: This is in reference to “The Ruchika case”. The pace with which it is dragging on has made a mockery of the judicial system.

Bringing the guilty to book after long delay defeats the very purpose of punishment.



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