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Quota not a solution to social inequality

The whole country seems to be jostling with the quota conundrum. Every segment of society, irrespective of the means it possesses, the privileges it enjoys, seems eager to grab more and more and that too at the cost of the economically weaker sections of society.

The reservation and quota regulations in the present form are undoubtedly breeding inefficiency and incompetence.  The editorial ‘Jobs for minorities’ (December 26) has rightly stressed that economic basis for job reservations irrespective of the caste factor is what our country needs. Reservations in jobs should be provided to the poor only once. If a person gets a government job, due to a job quota, he gets to earn decently for the family. After availing the facility of reservation once, family members need to climb the ladder of social and economic ladder on their own.

It is shameless for children of bureaucrats and others holding coveted positions claiming reservation on the basis of their caste. They continue to enjoy the privileges associated with their ‘underprivileged’ status blocking the free flow of benefits of government policies aimed at helping the downtrodden class.

The greed of having easy jobs and opportunities on a platter would never end and would continue to nurture inefficiency, which has already taken its toll on the overall development of the country.



The recently approved 4.5% sub-quota for minorities within the 27% ‘other backward classes’ quota in central government jobs and for admission to central government-aided institutions is only vote-bank politics being played by the Congress. This political tool has been utilised by various political parties for decades now. Our Constitution had reserved 15% and 7.5% of vacancies for SC and STs respectively in public sector and government-aided institutions only for 5 years after which the quota system was to be reviewed. No such reviews have been done. There is an urgent need to review the entire system of reservations. Economic status must be the only criterion to guide the quota system.

SK DATTA, Abohar

Privilege to vote

With the Election Commission of India announcing elections to the Punjab Assembly in January 2012, it is right time for the people of Punjab to gather more and more information on election laws. The state of Punjab covers a vast area which is home to a huge and diverse population. People should be aware of the legal aspects of casting their vote. India is a socialist, secular, democratic and sovereign republic.

If democracy is to flourish, elections must be voluntary, fair and free. In fact, the people play an enviable role in bringing a political party to power. Lawyers, who are considered to play a key role in society, should spread awareness among the common masses regarding their inalienable fundamental right to vote.

To cast a vote is a privilege and not an obligation. People should be made aware of the model code of conduct enabling them to point out wrongdoings, if any, done by the political parties vying for power.



Zero tolerance

Apropos the editorial ‘Tackling sexual crimes’ (December 27), lack of accountability is one of the reasons for the increase in sexual assaults and there is a dire need of strong laws to curb them. Sexual abuse of children is one of the most heinous crimes for which there should be no reprieve.  Sexual offences against children are on the rise and require special attention both at the government and family levels. The lack of specific provisions in our criminal law to fight child sexual abuse is a serious lacuna. There is a need to totally eradicate child sexual abuse and this can only be achieved by instilling a pervasive societal attitude of zero tolerance. Sexual offences should be brought to light shedding the social stigma and punishment to the offenders must be ensured otherwise laws would remain a part of law books only.

HARISH K. MONGA, Ferozepur

Break free

Former CBI Director RK Raghavan in his article ‘New Lokpal Bill unfairly downgrades CBI’ (December 26) has vouched for the abolition of ‘Single Directive’ under which the CBI has to take prior sanction from the government to probe any irregularity against any officer of the rank of Joint Secretary and above. The provision is misused by corrupt officials in collusion with politicians. Secondly, the CBI should be made financially viable. It is at the mercy of the Department of Personnel and Training for financial help. Thirdly, it should be released from the clutches of the Central Vigilance Commission and the Ministry of Home Affairs. He has rightly disapproved the Lokpal Bill in its present form.


Nominations unfair

It is unfortunate that some of the nine members nominated to the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, have political affiliations which is contrary to the spirit of keeping development work above petty political considerations. Nominees should be persons of probity, professional distinction and intelligence. The core purpose of nomination gets defeated by such parochial decisions as observed in the editorial ‘Civic politics in UT’ (December 23). The people voted the elected members as per their choice by polling, but the Administration failed them by biased nomination which is not only undesirable, but shameful too.


PM’s non-eloquence

Some doyens of Indian industry have chosen to be rather too harsh on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The PM could at best be at fault in lacking a liberal tongue to wax eloquent. He has steered the nation fairly well through the economic crisis emanating from the West.

The captains of industry, who are thoughtfully so silent on their own weakness, take the Radia tapes or the 2G stories to pull up the PM. There are no such sentiments from the small / mid cap entities and entrepreneurs, who are primarily responsible for the Indian growth story. The PM has replied to the civil society activists in a sober tone. The days of a freewheeling orator Prime Minister are over. We need the qualities of sagacity and foresight in an effective Prime Minister, oratorical excellence alone does not help.  

R.NARAYANAN, Ghaziabad

Great expectations

The editorial ‘Minorities in Lokpal’ (December 24) emphasised the need for a free and frank discussion by politicians on the issue before adopting it. The citizens of India expect the Lokpal Bill to be strong enough to leave no stone unturned to eradicate corruption from the country. It must get under its ambit the entire range of politicians, bureaucracy, CBI and all govt departments. Also, the Lokpal Bill should clearly lay down the procedure to punish corrupt officials.



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