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Give more autonomy to the CBI

V Eshwar Anand in his article “Power to order CBI probe: Supreme Court settles the law” (March 16) has rightly emphasised the need to provide more teeth to the CBI. Generally, it is observed that whenever any untoward incident happens across the country, everybody pins high hopes on the CBI to find out the truth and asks for investigation by this premier agency.

But owing to increasing politicisation, its image is sullied. Besides, there have been several instances of the CBI being denied permission by the government of the day to prosecute politicians, bureaucrats and other bigwigs, obviously for political reasons.

In view of the alarming rate of all-round corruption, there is a need to provide more teeth to the CBI. Despite the recommendations of several committees and commissions, things are going from bad to worse and nobody knows how successful the present government will be in curbing corruption.

The need of the hour is to make the CBI more autonomous like the Election Commission. There is no dearth of upright, dynamic and visionary officers across the country having excellent record of service that can be inducted through
a collegium.

S K KHOSLA, Chandigarh

Sale of jobs!

The editorial “Jobs on sale!” (March 19) has rightly reflected the sorry state of affairs in Punjab. The unholy nexus between politicians and bureaucrats is the root cause of the problem. Surely the unemployment scenario is grim. Corruption has assumed an alarming proportion not only in Punjab but also across the country.

What to talk of anganwadi workers, all lucrative posts are on sale.  It is time the government took concrete action.

Capt SK DATTA, Abohar

Glorifying cricketers

The print and electronic media have a special responsibility towards our country and should not concentrate on cricket only. The media must stop unwarranted glorification of cricketers. It should rather glorify our dedicated scientists, engineers, armed forces personnel, farmers and doctors, due to whom we are living a comfortable life.

The media should also focus on corruption, deteriorating health care system, education system and other ills inflicting our country.


Be focussed

Sarvjit Singh’s middle, “Encounter with a goose” (March 20), was interesting. A goose flies half the globe just by the power of stillness of the mind. The flight of a goose depicts the power of the mind. When a bird can have so much power, imagine the power that the human mind possesses.

Sadly, our thoughts are wavering and our energies are wasted in ungainly pursuits and we are unable to realise our real potential. If only we can make our thought process more coherent, we may realise our real potential. For this we need to focus our thoughts on our goal. We should find time to focus on our inner self. Life is worth living only if we can find our true goal and achieve it.


Spend on development

The Himachal Government must set its house in order, spend on development and improve the delivery system to justify the additional tax dose (editorial, “Himachal drifts: Burdened with unwieldy administration,” March 17). Wrong priorities are responsible for the state’s persisting financial muddle.

The government spends a lot more on wages and salaries of the employees than its total revenue receipts. At times, employees are paid from borrowed money which is wrong.

Prof. PK Dhumal should make the HOD’s and Secretaries accountable not only for efficient delivery system, but also for eradicating hydra-headed corruption which is eating into the vitals of the state.

RM RAMAUL, Paonta Sahib



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