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Bureaucracy must learn to show results

Indian frustration has sent some foreign firms packing as mentioned in an article on business page on June 11. Global turmoil apart, it’s more related to the domestic political debility that has triggered an economic slidedown. India as a growing Asian economy is capable of doing excellently despite th problems i is faced with.

The country’s population has over 40 per cent young hands. Growing domestic consumption can help it move faster on the road to development. Despite the forces trying to pull the country in the opposite direction, we have come a long way during the past ovr 60 years. As a nation, we have tremendous capacity to deliver and, therefore, our economic strides cannot be blocked.

The pace of infrastructural development, urgent defence deals, construction of aerodromes, shipyards, roads, nuclear power plants and the communication sector, to name a few, are showing a visible negative result. Land acquisitions, mining, water management, agriculture, industry, the services sector, etc; have all shown a big jump.

Even the judiciary, while coming down heavily on the corrupt people, has been positive in dealing with all those who create and show vision in the national interest. It is high time for the Indian bureaucracy to leave its British-spun cocoon and act boldly to deliver positive results. Let them remember the words of Gurudev, “Where the mind is without fear, let my country awake.”


Flawed growth

“Flaws in development paradigm” by DR Chaudhary (June 14) was a provoking article. Although elementary education and basic health service are two sectors which play crucial roles in the country’s production, potential and workforce; reasonably literate and fairly healthy people can contribute tremendously to the cause of development. Alas! Our country is very poor on both accounts.

The government school education system is in shambles, making the war for the private sector enter the field to mint money.

As a matter of fact, these private schools have become a looting ground. They charge a very high fee and other funds from parents. Even in villages, they have opened their schools. From the health point of view, there are no better services offered by government hospitals. There is a rush and in rush no quality treatment is being done. Only rich people can afford to have treatment from private hospitals.

Chaudhary has rightly pointed out that India needs a strong civil society and that is possible only if the government pays serious attention to health care and education.


Alarming signals

It is disheartening to note that India is passing through an acute financial crisis, as pointd out by three global investment grading agencies: Moody’s, Fitch and Standard and Poor’s are the agencies whose assessment of an economy influences the major investment decisions in the world. The last one has specifically downgraded the economic outlook of India with a warning that foreign investment inflows in the country will be considerably reduced (Editorial: ‘Junking India’, June 13).

Obviously the main reasons for their dismal findings are a decline in GDP, growing fiscal deficit, high inflation, rampant corruption, delayed infrastructure projects, pending important bills, unnecessary political interference in policymaking and Euro zone economic crisis. There are alarming signals for a country which till recently was known as a fast-growing and emerging economy.

No doubt, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is very optimistic about an economic turnaround. Bold decisions about a little cut in subsidies and strict austerity measures will certainly bring down huge public borrowings by the government. The Congress and its alliance partners should realise that if they want to retain power, they should downplay their political compulsions.

DK Kang, Hoshiarpur

Must keep ego aside 

It is really disgusting that both top tennis players, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, don’t want to pair with Leander Paes for the coming London Olympics (“Sports minister puts ball back in AITA’s court”, June 20). Here it is a clash of egos keeping national prestige at stake. But who cares for the national pride!

How Bhupathi or Bopanna dare to refuse to pair with Paes for the great event? What is being done by the concerned official and the ministry? Why compromise with national pride?

Refusal means disqualification for life. Officials of AITA and the concerned two players are not serious about the embarrassing situation they are putting the nation in. We became great because of our country, then why refuse to serve the same when it needs them the most?

Both the concerned players are advised to bury their hatchet with Leander Paes and fight for Olympic medals in the coming prestigious event.




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