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Why doctors say ‘no’ to rural postings

I must compliment The Tribune (editorial, “Doctor at the doorstep”, July 24) for presenting a balanced opinion stressing that scarcity of doctors is only one aspect of the ailing rural health care and equal emphasis must be laid on providing infrastructure, medicine and medical equipment.

I think our policy makers have failed to analyse the real reasons as to why doctors say no to rural services. The answer lies in providing urban amenities to rural areas as mooted by the former President, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam. Only then will young doctors be willing to work in rural areas. Otherwise, rural health care will continue to suffer.

Fresh graduates from engineering stream get placements and handsome pay packages almost immediately after passing out. The medical graduates, in contrast, have to work towards acquiring a specialisation and then a super-specialty, before they can even contemplate a handsome remuneration. The government should encourage medical graduates to join rural service by paying them what they deserve and also provide reservations in post-graduation.

The government needs to look at the larger picture and increase the health budget. Only then can the dream of healthy rural India be fulfilled.


Ragging threat

Despite the Supreme Court’s rigid directions (news report, “12 ragging deaths during last academic session” by Aditi Tandon, July 21), the number of ragging cases remains more or less the same. Fear continues to stalk the minds of parents and students at the time of fresh admissions. The government must take strict action against the educational institutions where ragging incidents continue to take place. There should be zero tolerance against ragging.


Shift liquor vend

WHO has presented a gloomy picture of drug and alcohol-afflicted youth of Punjab. The Kalgidhar Trust Baru Sahib had opened two rural de-addiction centres, one at Cheema and the other at Jharon in district Sangrur. These centres that have 50 indoor beds and qualified staff are considered a boon for this region of Punjab.

Last month, a liquor vend was opened in the vicinity of the de-addiction centre, Jharon. This is likely to defeat the purpose of the de-addiction centre. The authorities concerned should shift the liquor vend to another place and help the trust to serve the cause of youth. 


Punish khaps

Khap panchayats (editorial, “Punish the khaps”, July 21) in Haryana often infringe upon individual freedom of citizens. These khaps enjoy no legal sanction and are doing more harm than good to the young generation and their families by unnecessarily interfering in their personal and family affairs. Recently, the High Court had issued useful guidelines to the state and its administration. It seems that even those guidelines are not being followed.

While it is imperative that certain recognised customs and norms of society should be adhered to yet law of the land cannot be challenged and must always prevail. Gotra and other caste considerations cannot be allowed to come in the way of individual liberty.

S P SINGH, Panchkula

Justice denied

The editorial “Two years for killing six!” (July 21) has rightly expressed shock at the decision of the Delhi High Court to reduce the jail term of Sanjeev Nanda to merely two years. One wonders how an ordinary person can hope for justice.

The court verdicts are diminishing people’s faith. The custodians of law must send out a clear and firm signal to culprits and should not embolden and favour them.


Kasab’s confession

Ajmal Kasab’s confession should pave the way for a speedy trial and verdict. The Indian criminal justice system moves at a snail’s pace. Most cases, especially the high-profile terror cases, drag on for decades. It is extremely worrisome that few terrorists are convicted. Is this how we plan to fight terrorism?


Forced motherhood

The Supreme Court (editorial “Mother and child”, July 23) has given the nod to a mentally challenged woman to deliver her baby. While human right activists may hail the verdict, I refuse to consider it a progressive judgment. Pregnancy has been thrust upon a hapless rape victim who doesn’t even understand the implications of motherhood.

My heart bleeds for the baby who will be pushed into the world as an illegitimate child. While the apex court has gone overboard in upholding the right of an unfortunate woman, it seems to have overlooked the future of her child. Though organisations are coming forward to support the mother and the child, can they promise a life of dignity to the child? Can the homes run by NGOs provide the security of a real home? Is there any substitute to parental love and care?

RAMA KASHYAP, Chandigarh



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