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Steel frame rusted by corruption

In the articleSloth, corruption dog civil services (Aug 7) Shailaja Chandra has described the reality of the Indian Civil Services. The services are really in a mess and have become corrupt.

The Hong Kong-based agency stated that the Indian bureaucracy is the “worst”, “suffocating” and “least efficient”. The unholy nexus between politicians and bureaucrats leads to favouritism, cronyism and vendetta.

There was a time when joining the civil services was a matter of prestige. Now it has become self-seeking, greedy and corrupt. The ICS officers of the British era were much better than these desi babus. The steel frame has been rusted by corruption.

M L GARG, Chandigarh

Weak policies

What Mr Syed Ali Geelani is saying is a consequence of confused and weak policies of the Centre (news report, “Geelani’s no to PC talks offer”, Aug 8). The demands put forward by him, that is, to accept Kashmir as a disputed territory, withdrawal of troops from the valley and the implementation of the UN resolution on Kashmir are pro-Pakistan and this is what Pakistan wants. Obviously then, Mr Geelani is working on behalf of Pakistan. There could be many more like him in the valley and elsewhere in India. Unfortunately, the Centre has not been dealing with them firmly which has led people like him to assume importance even when they have been behaving and working like traitors.

They are self-proclaimed leaders with all possible support from Pakistan to create problems in the valley by disturbing peace. For them the government of India as well the state government are meaningless and for this reason they not only dictate terms but also create chaos. Their nuisance value is coupled with the government’s failure to act against them for their anti-national activities. Besides, in no case the US interference in the internal matters of the country should be allowed and if need be the US should be snubbed for its interference in the internal matters of the country.

Dr R K SHARMA, Faridabad

Check inflation

The actual price of petrol in India is Rs 26 which is inflated to Rs 52 by adding various types of central and state taxes (editorial, More heat than light”, Aug 5). Millions of tonnes of food grains rot in godowns; vegetables and fruits perish due to poor storage. A majority of the rural population does not have access to pure drinking water and large numbers go hungry. What type of growth of economy is this?

The Opposition is playing politics over price rise and the ruling party is justifying inflation by calling it a sign of growth.

The Food Corporation of India and state food corporations are symbols of corruption and effective enforcement of the PDS and ESMA is lacking due to the inefficiency of the government. There is no check on the growth of population and agriculture has been neglected. The commission agents and middlemen are making huge profits at the cost of farmers. Any growth without a check on inflation is meaningless.


Unjust transfer

Justice P D Dinakaran’s transfer from the High Court of Karnataka to the High Court of Sikkim is no way of righting the wrong or penalising an errant officer, judicial or otherwise. Transfer doesn’t solve the problem of corruption. The rule of law must reign supreme and must be applied equally to all citizens of India powerful or powerless, rich or poor. That is the beauty of democracy.

The judiciary already has many safeguards denied to the common people of India. If a constable is charged with corruption on being found guilty on a preliminary inquiry he is forthwith suspended pending completion of inquiry against him, why should it be different for a judge accused of a similar charge?

In fact, action against him should be more stringent. If the standards of probity in judiciary are allowed to be lowered, no one can save the poor, oppressed and voiceless of the nation. It would have been better if Justice Dinakaran had been asked to stay at home. Further it is doubtful if the Bar at Sikkim will show him the respect due to a Chief Justice since the Bar at his last station of posting had been reluctant to cooperate.

R J KHURANA,  Bhopal

Mother’s presence

The middle Like a mother(July 28) by A J Philip was touching. Losing a mother is a sad moment and it is difficult to bear the irreparable loss.

Mother’s presence in one’s life is very important. In fact, though there is no difference between a mother and Almighty, mother can be placed before God.


Tax officials behind scam

While the unearthing of the Rs 10,000-crore bogus billing scam (news report, Aug 9) is commendable, it is a one-sided story that tarnishes the image of Mandi Gobindgarh, which has been described as the hub of the scam. The tax evasion on such a scale could not have taken place without official connivance.

The question to ponder is: how many officers, from top to bottom, who actively connived with those carrying out bogus-billing on such a large scale, will be held accountable and prosecuted?

There is no mention of any action against any of them. Tax officials are instead praising themselves and their bosses for not succumbing to political pressure. Those at the helm of affairs need to review the working of the Excise and Taxation Department ensuring action against every official, working or retired, responsible for the shady goings on.

The industry in Mandi Gobindgarh is operating in a difficult environment with no freight subsidy. Iron and steel industries provide direct and indirect employment to two lakh people. These also contribute huge revenue to the Centre and the state government. In the absence of any tax incentives from the government, the industry is heading for closure.




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