HC decision to clear backlog welcome

I refer of the news item, “High Court to hear pending cases during vacation (June 5). It is heartening to know that the Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court have decided to follow the Supreme Court example; they too will work during the summer vacation to reduce the backlog of cases.

About a week back, statistics of cases of various categories disposed of in the recent past were published. This is a positive step to restore people’s confidence in the judiciary.

A PIL was disposed of in the third week of May before any of the advocates (for applicants or the government) could speak on the subject. The litigants spend huge money and are forced to wait for years after filing the cases. If cases are heard and disposed of expeditiously, the litigants will heave a sigh of relief.


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Flip side of the freebie

The Punjab Government’s decision to give free 200 units of electricity a month to the Scheduled Castes irrespective of the power load is quite unjust (The Tribune, June 1). In this small town of Fatehgarh Churian, there are more than 25 gazetted officers of the government who are all Scheduled Castes.

However, though hundred others, belonging to other castes, are below the poverty line, they are unable to get this exemption. Is this justified?

VED PRAKASH, Gurdaspur

Female foeticide

This has reference to Sreelatha Menon’s article “Punishing women to protect girls” (Oped page, June 1). It does not present the true picture regarding the ongoing campaign against female foeticide in the Nawanshahr district. The manner in which NGOs and the people of Nawanshahr are fighting this menace has been admired by various sections including The Tribune.

No FIR has been registered against any of the mothers but against midwives instrumental in facilitating the scan and abortion. Of course, the court has to finally decide the case on the basis of evidence gathered by the investigating agency as to the person(s) responsible for committing the offence.

Our campaign against female foeticide in Nawanshahr district is slightly different. While we are not lenient against any doctor/scanning centre conducting pre-natal determination test, we have taken the issue to society. We have mobilised the community and the district administration for the success of our campaign against the menace.

YASHPAL SINGH HAFIZABADIA, President, Upkar Coordination Society, Nawanshahr

CM on Harike lake

On May 30, when the residents of Muktsar showed Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh the polluted water flowns down the Sirhind Feeder System, which supplies water for both irrigation, drinking and other purposes, the Chief Minister was shocked. He promised to rectify the situation promptly.

He said that water from some “nullah” and industrial units might be getting mixed up with the canal water. He should be aware of the fact that Ludhiana, with a population of over 20 lakh discharges municipal and industrial sewage, without any treatment, through the Budha Nullah into the Harik lake. By now, the Harike lake has been badly silted and fully polluted.

Now the Harike lake has started dislodging into the off-taking canal system. Before attempting any solution, the problem must be understood properly. False promises to the public will not help. The Punjab State Pollution Control Board should step in and do the needful with a sense of urgency.

Dr G.S. DHILLON, Chandigarh

Words of wisdom

The late Dr P.N. Chutani, former PGI Director, Chandigarh, in one of his most inspiring lectures, once rightly advised the government to concentrate more on providing safe drinking water to the people. He said: “We do not need more hospitals; we need safe drinking water as 90 per cent of diseases are caused by unsafe drinking water”. Words of wisdom.

Swami Vivekananda once said: “India needs more sports stadiums than temples as temples are in plenty.” The need of the hour is to follow the advice of both Dr Chutani and Swami Vivekananda. Punjab does not need an AIIMS as being mooted (May 3). It needs safe drinking water and sports stadiums.

SANJEEV, Kurukshetra

Give English its due

English is the international language. However, government schools do not bother about it compared with private schools. Why should we look for teachers who had combinations in graduation like Social Studies and English? In most government schools, we have the same teacher for both the subjects.

If English has to be given due weightage, government schools should ensure that qualified teachers (preferably postgraduates in English) teach the subject. We need to change the old system of subject combination for teaching English.



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