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By motivation

The report “Govt mulls mandatory 1-year rural stint for MBBS interns” (February 5) exposes bankruptcy of thought on the part of policy makers, who have failed to see the reasons for failure to attract medical graduates to rural areas. Why can’t we encourage fresh medical graduates to join rural service by paying them what they deserve and giving them incentives such as grace marks in PG entrance tests? The government should also ensure good infrastructure, availability of medicines and secure environment, only then would young doctors be willing to work in rural areas.

Dr Vitull K. Gupta, Bathinda

Cool Nitish

Apropos A Chief Minister with a difference (Perspective, February 12), which carried excerpts from Arun Sinha’s book “Nitish Kumar and the Rise of Bihar”, Nitish has indeed tried to maintain a live contact with the common people of Bihar. He has remained humble and polite to all despite having known power for a long time. He has rarely lost his temper. Other chief ministers ought to learn from him. His unassuming temperament is what has made him popular among the poor people of Bihar, and even journalists.

Dr Raj Bahadur Yadav, Fatehabad

Sweet dish

A Chief Minister with a difference (Perspective, February 12) provides an interesting insight into the psyche of the unassuming Chief Minister. His wish to see at least one dish from Bihar on every table in India is highly commendable, coming from the Chief Minister of a state that was terrible in food grain management till recently. There is a desperate need for such governance in Punjab too, where an unacceptable number of children are missing out on education and farmers are committing suicide.

Gurmit Singh Saini, Mohali

Wrap it right

Apropos Elegant but not convenient enough(Oped, February 12), the sari can be worn to appear sensual or conservative. It is truly versatile, befitting a bride as much as a lady in office. But the way the graceful garment is being presented in many ads and by certain fashion designers is in poor taste.

Mahesh Kapasi, New Delhi

Born into suffering

A heavenly’ girl in hell (Fifty Fifty, February 5) by Kishwar Desai describes well the atrocities on girls that start even before birth. It is shameful we have not been able to get rid of this evil so far. Foeticide, infanticide, battering, rape, burning of girls continue unchecked, and the culprits are not brought to justice quickly, if ever. While our political leadership seems unconcerned about the issue, society has to collectively come forward to save the girl child.

S.C. Vaid, Greater Noida

Wait and watch

Apropos “State to give another shot at citrus cultivation” (February 12), Punjab has had a bitter experience in citrus plantation in the past, particularly when imported cultivars from the US failed to perform in the state. Now a decision has been taken to set up a centre of excellence in Hoshiarpur for fruits and vegetables in collaboration with Israel. This is a good initiative, but it would be advisable to see the experience of a similar centre set up in Haryana at Mangiana (Dabwali, Sirsa), 50 km from Bathinda. Various varieties from Israel, budded on different indigenous citrus rootstocks, are being tested there. A citrus plant takes at least four years to start bearing fruit. As the climatic conditions of Haryana are quite similar to Punjab, it would be worth waiting to see the results.

Paras Ram Sharma, Former Project Officer at Mangiana

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