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UID project can ensure better governance

The editorial “Identity proof for all” (Sept 30) has rightly pointed out that the UID project will bring radical changes in the public distribution system among other things. Information received under the RTI Act uncovered 901 ration cards issued in the name of one woman, ‘Manju’, in Badarpur, near Delhi. Another RTI petition in Punjab revealed that benefits meant for senior citizens, widows, the handicapped and the destitute in a village in Punjab had been passed on to the “dead” and the ineligible persons.

Once implemented, the UID project can change the entire course of government schemes for the welfare of the poor. India loses a lot of money due to leakages. This is due to inefficiency in targeting beneficiaries and widespread corruption and collusion along the supply chain.

The implementation of the UID project can lead to a high quality beneficiary database without duplicate and ghost cards, improving the targeting of benefits. Even the implementation of NREGS will improve. It can also improve internal security.

To ensure the effectiveness of social sector schemes, the Centre must continue with and back its unique identification project fully.



The editorial has rightly opined that “Aadhar” can spur better governance. The introduction of UID is an unprecedented step and will also work as a milestone in the development of India. It will curb the chances of embezzlement and bogus voting.

It will help in providing an identity easily and its updating will be simple too. The critics of this scheme should bear in mind that ultimately the UID will work as the best identity proof.

HARISH DIDO, Chandigarh


The unique identification number will enable the poor, the backward classes and women to take the advantage of several schemes. Will this number help to solve the problem of hunger, poverty and corruption? If yes, then how much time would it take? Would the common man get his number quickly…..and would this number help in solving his problem?

MANGLA SAHNI, Kapurthala

Power of education

The middle “Our reality” (Sept 22) by B K Karkra was inspiring. The efforts to educate domestic help are commendable. However, it’s disheartening to note, that mission literacy was abandoned unceremoniously. One is reminded of a quote: “Karat-karat-abhyas te jadmati hot sujan, rasri awat-jawat- se sil par parat nisan” which means “By relentless efforts, a blockhead can attain wisdom, as a rope leaves its mark on the stone by constant rubbing”.

However, in the middle it’s inaptly mentioned that, three best administrators of our country¾Sultan Alauddin Khilji, Shehanshah Akbar and Maharaja Ranjit Singh did not have formal education. Kings inherited kingdoms and had a battery of expert administrators at their disposal.

On the other hand great mathematician Ramanujam, former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and former President Dr APJ Kalam came from poor families. Against all odds, they rose because of the power of education.

HARBANS SINGH, Ambala Cantt.

Privileged customer

The middle, “Where customer is the king” (Sept 29) by P Lal aptly described the status of customer as a king. Healthy competition has led to this change. There was a time when one had to wait for years for getting a landline telephone connection from the department of telecommunication.

Now, all that has changed due to the opening up of the economy and competition. Earlier, due to state control, the customer was made to run from pillar to post, but now things have changed and the customer is enjoying good services. 


Journalism of courage 

The Tribune has done a great service to society and the nation by exposing the massive admission racket involving PGI doctors and agents through its investigative reports (Sept 28, 29). Chitleen K. Sethi deserves all the accolades for having the nerve for investigative journalism. She has exhibited rare courage to reveal the truth.

There have been many instances where the elite, including VIPs, have enjoyed many privileges at the PGI, Chandigarh, while the poor and the needy were not given proper medical facilities. The sensational scam unearthed by The Tribune will create an impact. The Tribune will definitely forge ahead under the watchful eye of its Editor-in-Chief Raj Chengappa. We hope under his leadership the team of journalists will continue to perform such courageous feats for the benefit of society and the nation.

MANINDERJIT SINGH BITTA, Chairman, Anti-Terrorist Front, (Former President, All-India Youth Congress), New Delhi



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