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Other means to fight corruption

Since the Lokpal Bill has been put on hold by the government in connivance with the Opposition, the judiciary’s bold stand to fight corruption comes as a whiff of fresh air (editorial “Going after corruption”, May 30). The Punjab and Haryana High Court’s ruling under Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act which says that the employees who are appointed by the government’s lower rung officials do not require prosecution sanction, is commendable.

The Supreme Court’s judgement lays down three months time period for obtaining sanction for prosecution of civil servants, including ministers and bureaucrats. These landmark decisions are a source of great relief to the citizens who find it difficult to break the nexus of corruption between the politicians and the bureaucrats.

Our Executive and Legislature are completely paralysed by the malaise of corruption and the only ray of hope is the judiciary. It should be given full support by the civil society and the media in its stride to weed out the demons of corruption.

RM RAMAUL, Paonta Sahib

Cleaner Army

I do not agree with the news article “General leaves behind a divided army” (May 31). In fact, Gen V K Singh has tried to leave behind a cleaner army. His endeavour throughout his tenure as Army Chief had been to stem the rot that has set in the Army. His refusal to accept a bribe and efforts to bring corrupt senior Army officers to book should be hailed as a great leap in the right direction. The age row was a deliberate attempt by the custodians of power that be to give an undue advantage to someone else on extraneous reasons. The armed forces and the ex-servicemen are grateful to the General who has raised the honour of the army in the eyes of the general public.

Brig LC JASWAL (retd), Shimla

Welfare state?

The observations made in Sucha Singh Gill’s article “The provision of subsidies” (May31) throws ample light on how the government adopts double standards in providing concessions to the beneficiaries — Subsidies to the common man and subsidies to big business honchos in the name of tax incentives and exemptions.

The result is that the poor are getting poorer day by day and the business magnates availing these exemptions are getting richer. Such inequality in providing relief to different sections of people amounts to discrimination, hence gross injustice. Due to this kind of misgovernance, the rich-poor chasm is increasing. A democratic republic which should be dedicated to the welfare of its poor subjects is not worthy of being called a welfare state. In every planning, the efforts should focus on ameliorating the condition of the poor to elevate them to the level of feeling honoured citizens of India.


Step-motherly treatment

Candidates who obtain their degrees through correspondence courses are not treated on par with regular candidates. Though they are eligible for all posts, yet they are not preferred over candidates who get degrees from regular courses. Why is this step-motherly treatment meted to these candidates? What is the use of starting distant education courses? The interviewers should encourage such candidates while selecting them for different posts.


‘Seven Sundays’

Talking of ‘Sundays’, I rarely had Sunday as a free day for complete relaxation and enjoyment during my job in the railways. Only after superannuation, did I realise what a wonderful experience a Sunday is. It is great fun now to enjoy ‘seven Sundays’ in a week. With pension, I am neither rich nor poor materially, but have ample time for invaluable and enjoyable hobbies like reading, writing, music, travel, social work, etc.

BM SINGH, Amritsar



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