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Eradicate cancer of corruption

On becoming the Deputy Chief Minister Punjab, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal proclaimed that corruption prevails at the grassroot level. It implies that the conduct of politicians and senior bureaucrats is above board. But how does one explain the fact that “out of power” ministers and “out of favour” bureaucrats are often seen making rounds of the courts to answer various charges of corruption levelled against them? Why, some of them are even charge-sheeted.

The cancer of corruption is eating into the vitals of our socio-economic development and cannot be and must not be wished away so lightly. All the government schemes, however well intended, end in failure because of the monster of corruption. No junior would have the gumption to act fraudulently if the senior is clean.

We Indians learn by example and not by precept. The corruption breeds at higher levels and percolates downwards. As the saying goes “The floor cannot be kept clean when the ceiling is leaking”.

Lieut (IN) SUKHDEV SINGH GILL (Retd), Jagraon




II

The cancerous corruption is increasing in our society. It is retarding the growth of our nation and all of us are paying a heavy price for it. Everybody talks about corruption, prevailing in the government offices, but nothing is being done to eradicate it. Corruption is widespread in our country and we have begun to accept it as a necessary evil. But, we are forgetting that it is our own creation and only we can remove it.

If each one of us vowed to be fair and honest, then corruption can be rooted out. We should stop blaming each other and look within. Let us all join hands to remove corruption.

DOLPHIN BAKSHI, Ambala City






Stop poaching

Poaching is a serious threat to our fragile wildlife. Every now and then, such incidents are reported in the media. It appears that poachers do not fear the law. Rarely are they apprehended. Even if caught, the conviction rate is so poor that instead of acting as a deterrent, this only encourages the potential poachers.

Inadequately trained and ill-equipped enforcement staff, an overburdened prosecution and hostile witnesses ensure that the poacher walks free. The public apathy towards wildlife protection does not help the situation either.

As it is, the environment figures low among our priorities. In this context, the Bishnoi community deserves accolades for zealously protecting the environment. Theirs is a classic example of what the combined might of ordinary citizens can achieve. It is time we rose up and ensured that the killers of our wildlife find their right place behind bars.

ABHIMANYU RAJPUT, Ambala Cantt

Retirement age

The editorial “Grey but strong” (Jan 26) was informative. As promised in the election manifesto of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP, the Punjab Government is considering enhancement of the retirement age of its employees from 58 to 60 years. The Finance Department has also supported this move, as it will save Rs 2,000 crore in lieu of gratuity, leave encashment, provident fund and pension etc. The last Punjab Pay Commission and the Bajaj Committee also recommended the same.

But I want to draw attention to another point that makes it even more imperative to increase the retirement age. The previous Congress government imposed a ban on recruitment in 2002. At present, one lakh 40 thousand posts are lying vacant and no recruitment process has been initiated till date. The employees are retiring rapidly and the existing employees are overburdened. If this practice continues, then by 2012 only 40 per cent staff will be left in the government offices.

The existing staff is already under stress and their condition will become more miserable in the coming years. Thus the step to increase the retirement age is more than welcome, for it will ensure that the present strength of the government staff will remain the same.

OMA KANT TIWARI, SAS Nagar

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The move to increase the retirement age is apt and realistic. The reasons are logical. When the Central Government has increased the retirement age of the government employees and several Indian states have done the same, why not Punjab? All states of India must follow a similar pattern. It will ensure cohesion and uniformity.

KULDEEP RAI DEEP, Advocate, Chandigarh

Organic farming

The article “Organic farming useful” (Jan 28) by S S Johl was enlightening. The points in favour of organic system of farming were useful and should be tried and adopted to save the agriculture and horticulture. Our traditional farming system was organic, hence successful.

But today, the increasing cost of agricultural production has created problems for the farming community.

Besides, the chemicals used in farming are harmful and passed on to the consumer. Due to excessive chemicals, water, air, soil—rather whole atmosphere—has been polluted. Nature is supreme and organic farming is a part and parcel of it. The food security can be maintained, if organic farming is followed properly.

LAKSHMI CHAND, Bhaugari, Kasuali

Brutal police

The brutality of the UP police was shocking. That an eight- year- old girl was punished so mercilessly for stealing a paltry sum is both abominable and shameful. Such policemen should be put behind bars. Certainly, they have been dismissed and suspended, but it only happened after they were caught red-handed on the camera.

KRISHNA R PATEL, Narsinghpur

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I would like to know what were these cops trying to achieve, when they were beating up this child. How would these devils in uniform feel, if someone beats up their six- year-old? The police training must sensitise the police and make them develop a sense of respect for the people they are serving. The police has become a law unto itself.

V PURI, Australia

 





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