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Governors must be apolitical

The editorial, “Wanted: Governors” (Jan 1) rightly urged the Centre to fill up the vacancies of Governors in Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and West Bengal. In the Indian federal setup, the Governor is the head of the state who is an important link between the Centre and the state. Unfortunately, of late, this office has become controversial because of the Governor’s biased and partisan conduct, undemocratic and immoral actions and excessive loyalty towards the Centre.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is a noted economist, should pick up only talented and dedicated persons for gubernatorial posts. The incumbents in the Raj Bhavans are expected to play an independent and impartial role that inspires confidence and reverence among the people.

The Administrative Reforms Commission (1966) observed: “…the post has come to be treated as a sinecure for mediocrities or as consolation prize for what are sometimes referred to as ‘burnt-out’ politicians…” Discredited and defeated politicians should not be appointed as Governors. Merit, capability and honesty besides commitment to the Constitution should be the criteria for appointment of Governors.


Sensitise society

I read M.G. Devashayam’s article “Le affair Rathore: Brutalisation of governance” (Dec 30). It reflects his pain, anguish and frustration on the one hand and the callousness of civil and police officers abetted by political leaders. Ironically, judges too are becoming immune and display insensitivity towards the aggrieved. The Ruchika case personifies kleptocracy in a classical manner. We must applaud Mr Anand Parkash and his brave daughter who faught Ruchika’s case for almost two decades.

The people can only hope that the powers that be resolve not to allow similar things to recur. The authorities including the judiciary need to become sensitive and vow to check any moves to bail out the wrong doers.

Lt-Col BACHITTAR SINGH (retd), Mohali


Ruchika had sacrificed her life but proved to be a nap zapper for the nation. It is a blow to the Indian justice delivery system because those with power and pelf can bend any law to their benefit.

The judiciary cannot be absolved of blame. It is an example of system failure. The judicial process is such that the victim gets frustrated. Disadvantaged groups like women, children and poor are the worst sufferers. The government should treat the Ruchika case as a wake-up call and amend the system so that Articles 14 and 15 the Constitution guaranteeing equal rights to all are implemented in letter and spirit.

Dr KULDIP SINGH, Hoshiarpur

CRPF anomaly

The Sixth Pay Commission pay scales for the CRPF Upper Division Clerk (non-combatised) is equal to that of Head Constable which is Rs 4000-6000 (PB-I, 5200-20200, Grade pay Rs 2400). But on what basis has the rank of Sub-Inspector in the pay scale of Rs 6500-10500 (PB-2, 9300-34800, Grade pay Rs 4200) been given to the combatised UDC post?

The duties performed by combatised and non-combatised UDCs are same. The CRPF maintains a combined seniority list of combatised and non-combatised UDC staff. The combatised UDC is also transferred against the vacancy of non-combatised UDC and vice versa.

The anomaly between the post of Sub-Inspector and combatised UDC, which is two steps higher in rank, needs to be rectified. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram should do justice.


Weightage to rural students

Strangely, some people are opposing the weightage being given to rural students in government and semi-government jobs in Punjab. The Constitution gives equal rights to all citizens in education. In Punjab, especially in backward districts of Mansa and Bathinda, no high school or secondary school has teachers in full strength. Most rural schools have no mathematics and science teachers.

The parents are forced to send their children to municipal schools where science and mathematics teachers are available. The Punjab government’s policy to give weightage only to those rural students who pass their middle or high school is discriminatory. It should give weightage to rural students who are permanent residents and have no house in a municipal area.




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