Commodity prices shoot up

On account of the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, the country today is facing a formidable solution-defying crisis which has made the life of the common man extremely miserable.

On this account, the Congress and its leaders, who are committed to the welfare of the common man, are rightly perturbed. But they should not feel depressed as a similar crisis had been successfully handled by one of their most popular leaders, Rafi Ahmad Kidwai.

During the 1950s the county had to face a serious food problem. The target of self-sufficiency had totally failed and there was a cut in ration by one-third on account of the foodgrain shortage.

Semi-famine conditions prevailed throughout the country. Black marketing and hoarding were responsible for worsening the situation.


Kidwai, who had been given the Food portfolio, not only successfully tided over the crisis but made the country self-sufficient in foodgrains. He proved to be a miracle man in converting a country of shortages into a land of plenty.

This he did by his extraordinary administrative talent and totally abandoning the cumbersome and time-consuming bureaucratic procedure and by taking stern measures against hoarders, black-marketers and profiteers.

The government should adopt these measures and open shops of essential commodities where these items should be sold at cheaper rates.


Soil erosion

The foothills in Sirmaur and the Morni hills in Haryana have been badly affected by soil erosion. The continuous and gradual depletion of fertility and productivity is the result because the productive top soil is washed away by rainwater.

The Khol area of Sirmaur, bordering Haryana, is the worst affected. By forging regional co-operation through integrated watershed management programmes, kandi projects, bio-engineering erosion control techniques and small check dams at various sites, soil loss and depletion can be decreased.

L. K. MANUJA, Nahan

Polythene bags

Despite a ban on the polythene bags, people in general and shopkeepers in particular still use them. These bags block pipes, harm the soil and are dangerous for animals because sometimes animals swallow them. The government should take steps to implement the ban. Whosoever uses these bags should be strictly punished.


Renewal of licence

I went to the Suvidha Centre at Patiala the other day to submit my application for the renewal of my driving licence. The official concerned refused to accept it and asked me to go direct to the DTO office. Then what is the use of having a Suvidha Centre?

In the DTO office a person, who posed himself as an official of the department, accepted my application and asked me to come next week. When I went to the office as required I was told that the person who had received my application was a private agent. I had to spend many a sleepless night before I could get back the licence duly renewed. This is how the DTO office works.

RANJEET, Patiala


The designations like Chief Engineer, SDO, SDM, draftsman and LDC are the same all over the country and are not identified with any state. Similarly, the provincial civil services, whether in Tamil Naidu, Maharashtra or any state, have identical functions.

Why shouldn’t they be designated as PCS and PJS i.e. provincial civil services and provincial judicial services? Moreover, PCS officers are promoted to the IAS cadre after a certain number of years as PCS officers. In my opinion this is more rational.

H.S. BADHAN, Dasuya

Sarabjit: avoid protests

The extensive media coverage to the release of Kashmir Singh had almost sealed the fate of Sarabjit Singh, another Indian facing the death penalty in Pakistan.

However, unnecessary demonstrations in his village and Delhi may aggravate the situation. Loud and massive outbursts of his sister were also uncalled for.

A newspaper (not The Tribune) has started a series on the stories of spies who had worked in Pakistan and have since been released. Such things will seal the fate of the remaining Indian prisoners in Pakistan.

We should appeal only on humanitarian grounds and not try to make the matter as the most important Indo-Pakistan dispute. Demonstrations in front of the Pakistani Embassy will only make their attitude more rigid.

We should stop all such things if we want the safe return of our remaining prisoners in Pakistan.

DAVINDER SINGH GREWAL, Supdt. of Police (retd), Amritsar



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