Marriages: Central law imperative

In pursuance of the Supreme Court’s directive making registration of marriages compulsory, many states are enacting legislation. Why has the Centre not taken the initiative to enact a Central law in this regard?

No doubt, the subject of marriage and divorce fall in the Concurrent List (Seventh Schedule) of the Constitution. However, won’t it be wise enough to have a Central legislation on the subject to make the procedure uniform throughout the country?

There is a Central legislation already, namely, The Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969. This can be suitably amended to incorporate the registration of marriages as well.

It may also be mentioned that there was a British statute, the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act, 1886. This was a comprehensive legislation on the subject. The Centre needs to emulate this kind of legislation.

HEMANT KUMAR, Advocate, Ambala City

Promote pulses

The government’s tall claims notwithstanding, India is facing a serious crisis in agriculture. Compared to developed and developing countries, the per acre yield of different food grains like wheat and rice is low in India. This cannot be called a minor problem.

Surprisingly, India is hardly growing pulses like moong, masar and grams etc – all so essential for a nutritious diet. India is spending so much in terms of foreign exchange to meet its requirements of pulses. The Centre and the states should pay more attention to growing and promoting cultivation of pulses in the country.

Till 1947, Punjab was mainly producing wheat, potato and pulses, besides vegetables and fodder for the cattle. Now both Punjab and Haryana are hardly producing moong or masar. The government will have to motivate the farmers to boost pulses production.


Stop faulty meter reading

The execution of meter reading and distribution of electricity bills through the contract system is most unsatisfactory. The bills have been received this month without taking meter reading on a minimum basis and by mentioning imaginary units consumed in the bills. This puts the consumers to considerable monetary loss and great harassment.

For the last three-four months, I had to inform the meter reading to the officials personally two-three days before the last date of payment. Sometimes consumers have to collect the information themselves.

Keeping in view the consumers’ difficulties, the old system, which was most satisfactory, should be revived. The job of meter reading and distribution of electricity bills should either be entrusted to the regular employees of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Ltd or the contractor(s) be asked to improve their system and save consumers from avoidable hardship.

R. K. DHAWAN, Kurukshetra


Onus on Gowda

I agree with the opinion in the editorial, “Seven-day blunder” (Nov 20), that Mr H.D. Deva Gowda is “the root cause of trouble” and that his only aim is “to perpetuate his family rule in Karnataka.” In this sordid drama, he has taken political morality to a new low. He has shamelessly betrayed his coalition partner, the BJP for the second time and pulled down the Yeddyurappa government just within a week of it assuming power.

Mr Deve Gowda miserably failed to follow the coalition dharma. With his maverick style and untrustworthy conduct, he has made a mockery of democracy. His actions do not befit the role of a former Prime Minister. Rather than being an elderly statesman, with his petty, unfair and amoral conduct, he has turned out to be a most disgraceful leader the nation has ever seen. He should retire from politics, but will he?



The political developments in Karnataka leading to the dissolution of the State Assembly are unprecedented. It is another sickening episode in our country. However, the BJP has this time come out tall and has preferred to remain out of power rather than giving in to Mr H.D. Deve Gowda’s threats, implicit or explicit.

B.K. CHAUDHARI, Rohini, Delhi

Stray dog menace

Ms Maneka Gandhi’s love for animals and her initiatives to stop cruelty on them is highly commendable. But she should also spare some thought about the safety of human beings.

Stray dogs on the streets are a major threat to the safety of the common man. A lot of cases of dog bite and road accidents due to stray dogs on the streets are a major threat to the safety of the common man. Many cases of dog bites are reported from time to time, but no one is bothered to stop the menace.




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