Saturday, November 24, 2001, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi



Dashmesh canal needed for Mohali

I want to highlight the need for having the Dashmesh canal announced already, but sadly forgotten and futility of the demand for district status for Mohali.

The prosperity of a town depends upon the economic condition of the people who live in the surrounding villages. The grant of district or tehsil status is no guarantee for development and employment generation; rather it is a burden on that town. Take the example of Faridkot, which has gained nothing in the last 30 years when it was made the district headquarters. Many businessmen have migrated from Faridkot to Kotkapura in the last 30 years. Even the opening of a Commissioner's office has not given any relief to Faridkot.

Mohali is surrounded by drought-prone, rain-fed villages which cry for water due to scant rain in the last three years. Deep tubewells are beyond the reach of small farmers. The Dashmesh canal, which may originate near Anandpur Sahib, is the dire need of Mohali and villages of other three drought-prone tehsils i.e Rajpura, Derabassi, and Kharar.

Moreover, the Dashmesh canal is very essential for drinking water supply to Chandigarh and Mohali as the present water pipe from Kajoli to Chandigarh is not safe due to lack of gravity. Kajoli is 80 ft lower than Chandigarh and the water pipe can burst any time with pressure. So the people of Mohali should not be misled by cheap slogans of district status, rather they should request the government for early digging of the Dashmesh canal.

GURDEEP KAUR, Chak Kalan (Ludhiana)


HPSC affairs

This refers to the controversy over the HCS exam (Oct 23). A Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court recently described the HPSC as the “Haryana Post Sale Commission". The Chairman of the HPSC has claimed that the functioning of the HPSC is "absolutely fair and transparent". Everybody knows how its members & Chairmen are appointed and on what basis. In the HCS exam answersheets are manipulated.

The so-called "fairness & transparency of the HPSC is visible in the selection of lecturers (college cadre) in government colleges in Haryana. The selection committees were not constituted as per the UGC norms. In some subjects experts were not called for interview. Experts in all subjects were asked to give A+,A&A grades which were arbitrarily changed into marks, the grading given by experts was ignored. Candidates who were given A grade have been selected and those with A+ grade have been ignored. Subject experts were asked to give grading with a pencil & records submitted by subject experts do not bear their signatures.


Nehru vs Patel

Apropos the article by Prof V.N. Datta "Politics in pre-Independence days" (Nov 14), the Nehru Vs Patel debate has become preposterous, first because Patel died only three and a half years after Independence and ultimately Nehru had to guide the ship of independent India.

Second, Patel suffered from cancer and his immobility was a known factor. Third, the issue is half century old. The cause of greater concern is that both these greatmen have been dumped into the dustbin of history by people.

The nation celebrates their birth anniversaries as ritualistic events.


HPSEB examination

The Himachal Pradesh School Education Board unlike CBSE, conducts practical examinations after the theory examinations. As a result, students get very little time for preparing for various competitive examinations. Here it must be noted that the preparation for competitive tests requires altogether an approach different from the one for final examinations.

Keeping this in view, the H.P. School Education Board should conduct the practical papers before the theory examinations from the current session itself.

V. K. SHARMA, ShimlaTop

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