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Towards good governance

Good governance is the buzzword today. The present government has enacted laws such as the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, the Right to Information Act, 2005 and the Protection of Women From Domestic Violence Act, 2006. 

While in the case of first two laws much headway has been made, the implementation in the third is tardy because the police and the judiciary remain insensitive to the problems of the suffering women.

In a democracy, all powers vest in the people. Voting in all elections should be made compulsory. Provision should be made for negative voting and only the one who gets at least 50 per cent votes should be declared elected.

Those possessing wealth beyond their known sources of income should be booked and, if found guilty, their properties must be confiscated.


Unholy nexus

The editorial “Freebies for doctors” (Jan 4) rightly touched the unholy nexus between some members of medical fraternity and pharma companies. Undoubtedly, it is due to declining moral values and lust for money among doctors.

Deplorably, doctors do prescribe expensive medicines though cheaper options are available in the market because of the unholy nexus. The MCI’s code of conduct aiming to curb the practice of accepting freebies from companies and the Indian Drug Manufacturers Association’s code of ethical marketing practice will not bear any fruit until doctors change their ways.

Capt S.K. DATTA, Abohar


The recent MCI amendment will provide relief to poor patients who are victims of exploitation. While the cost of medicines has gone up, the poor die for want of proper treatment. We have many rules and we must enforce them effectively.

The government should come up with guidelines/criteria on the basis of which the ‘MRP’ of a drug is fixed by the companies so that they cannot exploit the natural trust between medical fraternity and patients developed over centuries. It will also give a tremendous boost to medical tourism in India which will further augment the foreign exchange reserves.

AJAY K. JINDAL, Ludhiana

Rotten system

The unholy nexus between the Mumbai police and mafia dons is unfortunate. Five police officials have been suspended. How many senior IPS and state police officials are on the payrolls of mafia dons? The onus is on the state intelligence wing.

Unfortunately, we have made the entire system rotten. The five suspended cops may be reinstated after some time on the ground of insufficient evidence. Why can’t we have a law for terminating such tainted cops and confiscating their properties as a lesson to fellow policemen?

The Union Home Minister should take a serious view on the matter as we are prone to terrorist attacks and an atmosphere of bonhomie would make things worse for the country.


Rethink needed

I read the editorial, “Generals in land scam” (Dec 24). The qualitative requirement(s) of officers posted to the Military Secretary’s branch is high integrity and ally high service career profile. An officer who is doing well and will not fall prey to any temptations and pressures will do justice without any bias to the job of awards, postings, selection of officers for important career courses and promotions.

General Avadesh Prakash, the officer heading this important branch, had two tenures earlier in this significant branch. It is imperative that the Army carries out serious rethink on the selection of officers to be posted in the Military Secretary’s branch.

Brig V.K. SHARMA (retd), On e-mail

Unjustified demand

There is no need to increase the retirement age of Punjab government employees. They cite experience and saving huge government funds towards retirement benefits as reasons in support of their demand. But these are unconvincing and irrational.

Lakhs of graduates/post graduates and other professionals are jobless today. Fresh recruitment, barring exceptions, has not been made for the last 15 years. Owing to meltdown, thousands of private establishments have closed down their shutters.

Moreover, owing to non-recruitment, the youth of the state are indulging in unethical activities detrimental to society. If the retirement age is raised, it will aggravate the unemployment problem.

S.K. KHOSLA, Chandigarh



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