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Unbundling PSEB will pay dividends

The concerns expressed in the editorial “More of the same” (April 17) are no doubt well-founded. However, two things mark out Punjab as distinctly separate from other states in this respect. Firstly, the state government has adopted a Punjab-centric approach of minimum tinkering with the integrated structure and kept the PSEB Engineers Association involved in the process of bifurcation.

As a result, rules for appointments to the chief managing director and director-level posts in the newly carved companies, have been framed with qualifications and induction level age well defined so as to avoid these bodies to become a dumping ground for retired and other similarly placed cronies of the government.

Their selection is to be done through a committee headed by the Chief Secretary. Such safeguards are not inbuilt in other restructured state utilities as has been done in Punjab. Secondly, the government has framed rules to ensure that a technocrat heads the main company. The other one could be headed by a senior bureaucrat in case of non-availability of a suitable technocrat.

This approach is going to pay dividends. It is expected that the government while selecting top-level people for the two companies, will go for persons with proven professional track record and credentials of impeccable integrity. The composition of an adhoc managing committee constituted by the government to administer the affairs during transition is a pointer towards this.

S C CHABBA, Patiala


The ailments can well be overcome through a technical and analytical approach as solutions are available. The ultimate goal of the newly-formed Powercom and Transco with clean balance sheets is to make continuous power supply available at affordable rates.

When the reins of the two companies are put in the hands of competent professionals, the goal will not remain impossible. Special attention will also be paid to the restructuring of civil engineering wing of these companies.


Follow your dreams

The middle “Achieving success”(April 21) by Harish Dhillon aptly narrated the pleasures of pursuing one’s hobby. We try to achieve our dreams. Sometimes we achieve success and many times we have to be content with poor results.

In my view, whatever the circumstances, a person always tries to follow his heart’s desires. It is said that life is good if you have a dream and work hard to achieve it. The pleasure is in working towards your goal, no matter what the result may be.

Most often we may be taken aback by poor response of our peers. But we should follow our dreams. We may not realise it soon but as they say there is always light at the end of the tunnel and we should not lose heart. We should take inspiration from the famous lines by Harivansh Rai Bachchan, “Raah pakad tu ek chala chal, pa jayega madhushala”. 


India-US ties

I carefully read Raj Chengappa’s article “The Last Word: Obama- Manmohan chemistry: The peacenik and the flying Sikh”(April 14). The writer wrote like a long time Washington insider and the comparison between Mr George Bush and Mr Barack Obama was appropriate. While Mr Bush is gutsy and blunt, Mr Obama is more suave and prefers to use persuasion rather than arm-twisting.

Due to Dr Manmohan Singh, Mr Obama is now better informed about the AfPak quagmire than his predecessor was. But Mr Obama has his limitations. Due to America’s chronic estrangement with Iran, he has to depend heavily on an increasingly unreliable Pakistan. Mr Obama knows it fully well, but cannot do much about it.

A ray of hope has emerged for the US. Kazakhstan has allowed the US to fly its aircraft over its territory. Hopefully, the US will now start dealing more with Russia and Kazakhstan who are friendly to India.


Secure cyber system

To the editorial “Cyber attack” (April 20) I would like to add that the safety of our computer network is very important for the security of our nation. If our cyber system is hacked by Chinese or any other country so easily, then we must be extremely cautious. In that case anyone can infiltrate into our Army, Air force, Navy or other installations. It is time to take the matter in earnest and make our cyber system and computer network secure.

KALIASH GARG, Chandigarh



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