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Punjab MLAs’ pay hike unjustified

The logic to increase the salary and perks of Punjab’s MLAs (editorial, “Pay hike unjustified” July 11) is totally unjustified. Their pay revision in the context of the state government’s decision to implement the recommendations of the Pay Commission for its employees is uncalled for.

This hike will certainly become a heavy drain on the state exchequer. For every section of employees, commissions are constituted to review the pay structure.

The commissions examine every aspect of the case including that of working conditions, cost factors in the market, per capita income, etc and then the report is submitted for its acceptance or rejection.

But the salary structure for the MLAs is revised by introducing a Bill that is passed without much discussion as the members form the consensus and pass the Bill cutting across party affiliations.

The state legislators have gifted themselves a financial bonanza. Thus our MLAs are frittering away the gains of hard-won Independence. How long would the common man carry the burden of these MLAs?

Undoubtedly, the State Assembly controls the finance of the state and our MLAs need to live with dignity. But the propriety and justification to raise the salary and perks demands a suitable mechanism.

There should be an independent panel with representatives from the three wings of the government i.e. the judiciary, the executive and the legislature to review the entire gamut of emoluments for MLAs.

S K KHOSLA, Chandigarh


It is not only unbelievable but also outrageous that the Punjab MLAs have given themselves a raise in their salary and perks when the state is teetering on the brink of insolvency and facing a near-drought like situation. It speaks volumes about their indifference and self-centredness.

These inconsiderate representatives should know that people have elected them to serve the nation and not to serve themselves and line their own pockets or to enjoy pecuniary benefits.



The state legislators have gifted themselves a financial bonanza by approving a substantial hike in their salaries. The limit of home loan advance has been increased, car loan ceiling has been raised and pension has been revised. The MLAs are more like kings. This increased expenditure will certainly cost the state exchequer dearly.

SAHIL GARG, Chandigarh

Need for careful scrutiny

In his article “Exams are not an evil” (July 4), Dr S S Johl has rightly pointed out that the education reforms mooted by Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal are likely to plague the education system.

The writer has aptly observed that there are hundreds of government schools in villages without infrastructure. Besides, there are no teachers and facilities to teach English and science subjects.

If the examinations are done away with, what will be the fate of thousands of students studying in government schools? How will they compete with students studying in public schools?

No doubt, the examination system suffers from many loopholes like leakage of papers, lack of faulty question papers, faulty supervision, and copying during examination. Still, the abolition of examination is not a feasible solution.

Dr Johl has rightly remarked, “Good administrators make a bad system work and bad ones fail even the good system.” The education reforms suggested by Mr Sibal needs careful scrutiny.

Dr H. KUMAR KAUL, Barnala

Organise universities

Modern universities intensively compete with one another for production and distribution of high quality knowledge. Use of unfair means in admissions, examinations, recruitments and promotions is effectively checked.

Their team of competitive scholars are systematically organised to gather new data and interpret the already available facts in original ways.

On the other hand, universities in countries like India are hardly ever adequately organised for academic excellence. Recruitment and admissions of near and dear ones disregard merit.

Some talented scholars on their own dint are able to pursue excellence in academic activities. While modern universities are centres of excellence, most universities in under-developed countries are places of cultural poverty.

They fail to become competitive and the education policy must take effective organisational steps in this regard.


Save environment

Environment in Punjab has become a casualty and fallen prey to the lust and greed of the land mafia. A drive through the Garhshankar-Nurpur Bedi highway stretch is a testimony to this fact.

It depicts an unfortunate story of how the lush green forests where herds of wild animals used to stroll fearlessly and leopards could be frequently sighted in winters are being cleared for agricultural use and buildings are being constructed indiscriminately. Urgent steps need to be taken to save whatever is left.


Gay rights

The Delhi High Court ruling on gay sex will lead to social and cultural degradation. India is home to many religions, which are unanimously opposed to homosexuality.

Considering the religious sentiments of the people of this great democracy, the verdict should be reversed in the interest of a healthy society and for the sake of future generations. Any activity that is against the law of nature should be curbed and not encouraged.

Dr S K AGGARWAL, Amritsar



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