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The army deserves better

The article by Admiral Arun Prakash (retd), “Neglect of armed forces” (Dec 26), was thought provoking. To rectify the anomalies created by the sixth Central Pay Commission, the Services Chiefs met the Defence Minister and they were assured that their demands would be accepted. However, the demands regarding the parity between the defence services and their counterparts in the civil services were rejected. The review committee, which was set up to look into the anomalies, did not have a representative from the armed forces who could render specialist advice and guidance.

Recently, the Defence Minister categorically said no to “one rank one pension” which was agreed to by the Supreme Court in 1980. The ex-servicemen are aggrieved, anguished and dissatisfied with the sixth Pay Commission. Why is the government so insensitive towards the armed forces?

WG CDR J S BHALLA ( retd), Chandigarh

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Cut B-school fees

Global recession has resulted in a severe cutting of jobs. Inflation has come down to 6.84 per cent. Private sector employees cannot expect an annual increase next year. Placements in colleges have seen a drastic cut. The top companies have told students to wait till 2012. The only sector that has not seen a cut is the business school fees. In view of a severe cut in jobs, salaries, placements and packages, B-schools too should cut their fees. The Ministry of HRD should specially look into this.


Reduce security

I would fully endorse Chandra Mohan’s commendable suggestion in his article, “VIP security — Why overprotect the species?” (Dec 31), that the security cover for all VIPs should be at once slashed to half including that of the Chief Minister.

If the government tries to re-assess the threat perception for each individual and then decides reduction in the security cover, nothing is likely to come out of the exercise. Knowing how our system works, everyone will try to retain, if not further enhance, his level of security.

I would also like to relate an incident during my recent visit to Stockholm. Our guide pointed out during a city tour towards someone riding on a cycle and said, “ There goes Gustav, the king of Sweden, from his palace to the library”! When will our VIPs understand that they do not need an entourage of vehicles and dozens of policemen to accompany them as status symbols?


Shun child marriages

The editorial “ Lost innocence” (Dec 27) was apt and suggestive. Child marriages are common in Indian society and especially in some parts of Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. Undoubtedly, this is due to abject poverty and illiteracy among the masses.

Helpless parents are forced to marry off the prepubescent daughters to grooms three times older than the brides. In upper parts of the HP polygamy and polyandry are two such abominable social practices that have their roots in child marriages. The persons involved in child marriages must be convicted so that the history of mediaeval dark ages is not repeated.

RAVI DATTA, Dehra (Kangra)

Right choice

I agree with the editorial “Sonrise”( Dec 30). People in Jammu and Kashmir have unequivocally put paid to the hopes of the PDP President, Ms Mehbooba Mufti, of donning the Chief Ministerial mantle.

The National Conference has wisely chosen Mr Omar Abdullah as the Chief Minister of the state. He is forward looking, open and nationalist.


Rotting wheat 

The news report“ “Procured wheat rots in the open” (Dec 24) was shocking and painful. This is the state of affairs of a nation where millions go hungry and are below the poverty line. This is why even a small country like Pakistan cows us down. We are totally devoid of national spirit. The authorities concerned of that department should be brought to book.




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