SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI

 

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
M A I L B A G

Letís improve the quality of governance

People get the government they deserve. The continued socio-economic problems confronting Punjab are mainly because of bad governance. This is antithetical to democracy which seeks to improve the quality of life through qualitative representatives.

Thus, in the ensuing elections, Punjabís voters should vote only for the right people so that the quality of governance improves at various levels. Most people are illiterate, unemployed, poor and exploited. We need educated, bright, intelligent and honest people to govern Punjab for the next five years. Let Punjab be a role model for the country.

DALIP SINGH WASAN, Advocate, Patiala


 

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I was shocked to read that most of our politicians are either matriculates or intermediates (Jan 28). How can these politicians, without possessing adequate qualifications understand and tackle the rising problems? It is generally seen that during elections, candidates of all political parties say more but do nothing for the benefit of the common people. Whatever they do is for their personal aggrandisement.

I would appeal to each and every voter to vote in favour of only suitable candidates who will raise the standard of our state and economy. It is time for Punjabís voters to awaken. Then only our state will develop.

ANKUR DATTA, Batala

III

Electricity distribution in Delhi was unbundled and privatised five years back. Though it has not achieved the desired results, the achievement is still significant. The line losses have been brought down from 50 to 35 per cent and loadshedding from 558 to 321 million units.

However, owing to politics, the Congress government in Punjab could not take a suitable decision on unbundling the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB). As a result, Punjab could not invite investments and there is no heavy investment in power sector in Punjab.

P.L. GARG, Bathinda

IV

The continued spat between the candidates of the Congress and the BJP in the Amritsar Lok Sabha by-election is deplorable. Why can they not fight the election in a decent and responsible manner? What kind of social service can we expect from people who cannot behave in front of camera? Leaders of both parties should bow in shame for the unsavoury incident at Khalsa College the other day.

I urge all the voters to cast their valuable vote sensibly in favour of sincere, honest and dedicated candidates who will rid Panjab of its myriad problems. Let them teach a lesson to irresponsible and dishonest candidates this time. The candidates should know that mere backing of a major political party or money and muscle power wonít help them win the elections.

NARESH KUMAR, Noormahal

V

While commenting about Punjab elections, we should not forget how the Election Commission successfully conducted free and fair elections in Bihar which was under Presidentís Rule. I would suggest Presidentís Rule in the states going for Assembly elections. No elected government should be in power to check undue pressure on the officials and the police.

Moreover, the problem is that the paramilitary forces deployed on election duty have to follow the instructions of the government officials because they are not directly under the Election Commission.

††N.M. HANSI, Ludhiana

 

Look at the sky, General!

I wonder why Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf always keeps looking at the tunnels (Feb 6). Tunnels are dark and without light. One will, certainly, see light at the end of the tunnel.

However, I would like to give a very important tip to General Musharraf. Instead of looking at the tunnels, let him come out of his bungalow and look at the open sky. May be, he will get some wisdom after looking at the sky in broad daylight!

KRISHAN MURARI BANSAL, Chandigarh 


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Station Commander

Prabhjot Singhís report, ďThe heroic trialĒ (Jan 31) says that Group Captain F.H. Major was commanding a chopper unit at Sarsawa. This is not true. In fact, he was the Station Commander of the Air Force Station, Sarsawa. M1-17 helicopter unitís Commanding Officer was Wing-Commander S. Chandra. The Chetak/Cheetah helicopter unit was commanded by Wg-Cdr S. Kapur.

I was on the posted strength of Chetak/Cheetah helicopter unit during that period.

HARBANS SINGH, Warrant Officer (retd.),  
Ambala Cantonment


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