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Unforgettable experience

While Omar Abdullah wants more tourists to visit the Valley, we recently had an entirely forgettable experience there. At the Dal Lake, people plying the Shikara quoted exorbitant rates but quickly and substantially reduced the rates when we bargained. The experience was repeated at Pahelgam for the pony rides. In fact our taxi driver told us that the pony wallahs had not shown us the ‘real’ monuments because we had bargained with them. In Gulmarg, we chose to walk to the ‘Gondola’ station but nobody would show us the way, forcing us to hire ponies to reach there.

— Anju, Maur Mandi, Bathinda

Crying wolf

People who are opposing FDI in retail sector (The Tribune Interview by Raj Chengappa, December 5) have their own interests at stake.  FDI will actually give a chance to local and foreign players to work together, create a healthy competition and give local producers their due.

The fright created by the opposition is unwarranted and politically motivated. The government must allow unrestricted import of goods and services that are in short supply in India. At the same time, it will not only meet the demands of the consumers but also encourage competition in the local market. It would lead to an enhancement in the quality of products and reduction in prices.

— Harish K Monga, Ferozepur

Win-win for all

Despite the fact that five big states want to implement the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi brand retail in India, there are many who are protesting. It has been rightly mentioned (The Tribune Interview by Raj Chengappa, December 4) that other states who are opposing it do not hold a veto power over the rest.

Currently, Indian consumers are compelled to buy mediocre quality products due to limited range and availability. The experience of buying daily vegetables and fruits from street-side hawkers has been unpleasant. The produce is invariable covered with soot, dust and is definitely unhealthy.

Hypermarkets will make a significant contribution by offering fresh foods, vegetables and fruits at reasonable prices to consumers. It will create a wide array of new jobs in the Indian economy such as retail managers and staff, salesmen, and supply chain workers including drivers and helpers.

The organisations will undertake rigorous training, development and grooming of their staff and India could be sending world-class retail managers to manage retail outlets across the world.

Indian rural folks can be trained very easily in many skills such as embroidery, knitting, printing, etc. and become the cheapest labour source.

— Dr. S.K.Aggarwal, Amritsar College of Engineering and Technology

Welcome in China

Appropos The Tribune Interview of Anand Sharma ( December 5), the controversy over FDI in retail is similar to the nuclear deal issue during UPA-1, which too was opposed tooth and nail in Parliament. The collective hysteria on display by the Opposition reflects poorly on political parties. Communist China can have FDI in retail and welcome Walmart but the Indian communists would resist it. Democracy, diversity and dialogue mark our political system and must be respected. Opposing FDI in retail is akin to the ban on women driving in Iran because the clerics believe it would liberate the women.

— B.M.Singh, Amritsar

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