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UIDAI: A good e-governance project

Change is what India needs the most. Tapping well on the growing needs of India, UIDAI has certainly felt the pulse of the masses. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), headed by Nandan Nilekani, not only tried to fit into the demand of developing India, but has already made a benchmark. It has come a long a way in bridging the technology divide.

The citizens have already responded well to the change by standing in long queues for hours to get themselves registered. UIDAI, no doubt, has already won a zillion hearts. UIDAI has been a true game changer, and we must put it back on track. It’s high time we start thinking rationally for the larger good of the nation, without getting caught in a political crossfire.

If all goes as planned, India will witness a sea-change in terms of savings by plugging leakages. UIDAI which started with much gusto in August 2009, will soon reap rich rewards. UIDAI will soon script a new success story and will become one of the biggest e-governance projects ever in India.

SUNIL, Chandigarh

Poll panel’s role

Elections are back and so is the game of fascinating and convincing talk of the political leaders. The Election Commission is up and about doing its job. After imposition of code of conduct, EC sternly made sure that parties answer it for their acts of omission and commission. Regular checking of vehicles, tab on carrying cash  more than Rs 2.5 lakh, confiscation of liquor, videography of checking booths etc mark some of the effective measures undertaken by the EC as mentioned in the news report ‘I-T seizures peak in poll season’ (January 15).

A total of Rs 9.64 crore cash has been seized by the Income Tax Department in Punjab and the searches are still on. All these fruitful measures leave political parties empowered with only one weapon in their arsenal — better manifestos. This will truly serve the purpose of the Election Commission.


Gita in schools

This refers to the news report ‘Girish Karnad slams K’taka govt’s move to introduce Gita in schools’ (January 10). Five decades ago, we studied the most obscure teachings of this philosophical scripture as a part of our high school syllabus. Every word in the Bhagwad Gita is impregnated with deep meaning and instructive thought. It teaches that duty must be performed with unfailing righteousness.

The great martyr Maj Som Nath Sharma, the first recipient of Paramvir Chakra, was found with a copy of the Gita when he was caught dead by the cruel enemies. Realising the significance of the scripture, the Major’s naked body was covered with torn pages of the holy book as a mark of respect. Another son of Mother India, Khudi Ram Bose, opted to possess a copy of the scripture before embracing the gallows.


Internal matter

The controversy over the date of birth of Gen VK Singh, Chief of Army Staff, has been simmering for the past six months. The issue became a topic of discussion in the media and in the drawing rooms of serving and retired defence officers.

Opinion is divided among experts and veterans over whether his decision to move the court is justified. There is, however, unanimity of views that the matter ought to have been resolved internally. A confrontation between the government and the Army reflects lack of mutual confidence.

Lt-Col Bachittar Singh (retd), Mohali

Quota mirage

The Congress party’s latest ploy to allow quota within quota for minorities is another step towards the dark tunnel leading to nowhere. This kind of poll strategy can have serious repercussions on the future of the nation. Bringing religious distinction into play, the Act will change the basic tenets of the Constitution. The entire exercise will be unproductive because not all minorities need a quota.

On the contrary, some majority groups in backward classes will be hit badly by the implementation of the scheme, which is based on little research. These kind of short-sighted unproductive proposals reveal how desperate leaders are for power. Such leaders are better kept out of power.


Results delayed

Over 1,800 B Tech students of various colleges affiliated to Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, are facing a dark future as result of delay in the announcement of results of IInd, IVth and VIth semesters. Seven months have passed but results of the examinations held in June 2011 have not been declared yet.

The students who reappeared for supplementary examination of these particular semesters and those who have completed their B Tech course have been unable to apply for competitive examinations and jobs.


Respect your profession

Very few people are dedicated to their profession and  take pride in serving their motherland as mentioned in the middle  ‘Don’t  take the  flag  from  me,  General’ (January  16). For attaining any professional or personal goal, one needs to be dedicated. Dedication is not just about doing work effectively, but efficiently. Whether it is Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, JK Rowling or Abraham Lincoln, it was their dedication which took them to great heights. Moreover, we should love and respect our work. Then only can we give more than our 100 per cent.

It  is  said  doing  ordinary  things  in  an  extraordinary  manner is  the  real  achievement. Don’t go digging at other people’s work. Appreciate your work, and then others will also appreciate your work.




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