Monday, February 18, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


Jobless topper's letter: a shocking, but correct picture of corruption

I is shocking to read the letter of Nisha Kaura published on Feb. 9 and again included in Mr Hari Jaisingh's write-up on the front page (Feb. 12). It is an insult to the youth and their national pride which we are expected to uphold. I hail from Haryana (Yamunanagar) where the conditions are no better. Job avenues in other parts of the country are more scarce & examples of bribery are also in abundance.

Meritorious & talented young Indians, who have no political godfather & cannot afford to pay huge bribes to find suitable jobs with honourable salaries, are forced to go abroad in search of new pastures. We used to condemn the Britishers for brain-drain, but what we are doing now is for everyone to see.

Here in Thailand I find a strong work culture & dedication to one's duty. Here work is worship. No need to supervise, no noise pollution, no blowing of horns, no loud-speaking in public, nobody intends overtaking the other, no leg-pulling, no grabbing. Harmony all around with no bureaucratic bottlenecks. We Indians need to increase our score in these areas and not in the population field only.

Dr ADARSH BATRA, Assumption University, Thailand



Well done, Nisha: The letter was really an apt sketch of corruption in our education, social and administrative system. If this is the treatment meted out to a topper of the most prestigious university of our region, then God only is a saviour of the other not so brilliant students.

Courageous people like Nisha have taken the bold step of exposinge problems faced by us youth. The history of our own northern region is a witness to the uncontrollable proportions the problem of unemployment assumes. This has been one of the prime reasons why our youths have been forced in the past to hold the gun instead of the pen. Now our decision-makers should leave no stone unturned in bringing the guilty to justice and in getting the rightful dues to the bold and the brilliant like Nisha.


Don't pay bribes: The Tribune deserves all the praise for printing the letter. As an observer from a distance who frequently visits India, I am disgusted at the rise in corruption, which under the present government has reached an all-time high.

The predicament of the author, rather than an exception, has become a rule in the land of Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhas and Bhagat Singh.

Instead of paying bribes for securing jobs, people should follow the example of Nisha Kaura, and publications like The Tribune should keep on providing them space to air their views.


Well done: Hitherto, it was a talk of the town and considered to be political propaganda against the present Punjab Government that the posts from the level of peon to DSP are for sale in Punjab, but today a brave daughter of Punjab has dared to bring in black and white in the shape of an open letter to her grandpa (Mr Badal) asking him to lend her Rs 2 lakh for paying bribe to the agents of the government for her appointment to the post of primary school teacher. (No doubt she has the qualifications for the post of lecturer).

I fear she may have to face the odds for her straightway writing, but she has paved the path for the youth to highlight corrupt practices of the representatives of the people. Congratulations to this brave daughter of Punjab.

P.N. GUPTA, Sangrur

Catch the agent: To publish such a scandalous letter without positive proof in an esteemed paper like The Tribune is very unfortunate. The agent demanding Rs 2 lakh from the candidate for a JBT post cannot be unknown to Nisha and if he escapes punishment, it is derogatory for the government. If the author of the letter bluffs, she needs to be taken to task.


Party fund: I am writing this from my personal experience. In December 2001, my wife was to appear in an interview for the post of draughtsman at Chandigarh. After countless efforts, I felt very lucky that I was able to approach a member of the ruling group. I was told: "Bhai Sahib, get a parchi, kam tuhada ho jaiega, tin lakh lagange" I was shocked to hear all this and expressed my helplessness to give bribe. I was told that this was not a bribe, "election sir te aa gaye han, eh taan party fund hai".


Another sufferer: My son is also a sufferer like Nisha Kaura. He had cleared the written test for the post of Panchayat Secreatry. We were shocked to learn that candidates with much lower qualifications were offered appointment letters. Despite being an M.A. and holding two professional diplomas, he was not considered fit for one of the 900 posts of Panchayat Secretary for which even matriculates were eligible.


A slap: The letter is a slap on the face of the system. Punjab is not the only state to be so inflicted. Many other states are in the same rut.

R.N. PAL, Hisar

Fabricated?: The letter appears to be febricated. It is a well-known fact that the selection of T.G.T. & J.B.T. teachers is based on the B.Sc & B.Ed. marks. The high percentage of marks obtained in M.Sc cannot be counted for merit. The candidate has not even mentioned the basic degrees essential for the selection. So the claim of high merit does not carry any weight.


An ambiguity: By publishing the letter, I think you have done injustice to the ruling alliance without ascertaining whether Nisha Kaura is a qualified teacher or simply she has acquired 83 per cent marks in her M.Sc (Chemistry) examination. The name of the middle man between the candidates and the culprit minister should be published in the interest of the public.

M.C. JAIN, Jalandhar cantt


Unwarranted retrenchment

The decision of the Union Cabinet to throw out at least 3 per cent of the present strength of the Central Government staff (Feb 6) and the accompanying threat that the surplus staff, if not deployed, will have to face retrenchment, is ill-conceived and without any legal substance.

A forceful weapon to fight this decision has been provided by the Commissioner-Secretary to the Haryana Government, Department of Education, and the Commissioner Higher Education Haryana, who have issued a directive that no establishment or institution including the privately-managed colleges, which are not even receiving any financial grant from the government, has any legal power to retrench any of its employees even though he may be surplus, redundant or quite useless and no establishment can lawfully surrender or abolish any post even if there is no work justifying the continuation of that post.

Dr H. S. Sinha, Kurukshetra


Wrong priorities

Apropos of the news item on February 5 that the Director-General, ICAR, inaugurated the renovated entrance gate of the NDRI, Karnal, costing Rs 23 lakh. The ICAR is a prime agricultural research organisation of India and its D.G. inaugurates such civil works instead of some research workshops or symposia. We go to the NDRI for a morning walk. It is also difficult to digest that such a small renovation could cost a huge amount of Rs 23 lakh. In the ICAR there are about 40 research institutes. Such an inauguration will encourage other institutes also to waste their energies and money on such civil works instead of research projects.

R. K. Bansal, Karnal

Student bus passes

I read the letter “Bus passes misused”. What the writer says about Haryana Roadways is also true for Chandigarh Transport Undertaking. Students behave like hooligans while travelling in buses. They create a lot of noise, occupy seats leaving genuine passengers, travelling on full payment, to stand. No regard for ladies or elderly persons. There is also a tendency to keep the seats reserved for their classmates.

They CTU authorities should make it a point that every month the passes are renewed for which the institution head endorses the forms and recommends renewal so that non-serious students are eliminated.

K. A. Shan, Chandigarh


Q: Guess what President Bush and President Musharraf said to each other at their recent meeting?

A: President Bush: Kabhi kabhi mere dil mein yeh khayal aata hai/Key jaise tujhko banaya gaya hei mere liye!

President Musharraf: Hamey tum se pyar kitna ye hum nahin jaante/Magar jee nahin sakte tumhare bina!

K.J.S. AHLUWALIA, Amritsar

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