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Follow ‘recycle, reuse, reduce’ mantra

Being the seventh largest country in the world areawise struggling to feed the world’s second largest population, the concept of sustainable growth seems more significant to India. We still have much to learn from the West when it comes to utilising renewable energy. Be it the plethora of wind turbines for ‘green’ power generation or the solar panels on rooftops of newly-built houses, the West appears to use every bit of the natural resources for its growth. Some households are totally self-sufficient to fulfill their power requirements.

In the recent years, some municipal bodies there have made it mandatory for every new house to have its own solar panel, giving incentives in return.

The garbage generated by every home is divided into organic and inorganic from the beginning which is easily recycled later. Rain water from the rooftops is collected in pits outside every house which after treatment is used for flushing toilets, washing clothes and cars and watering garden. . Being aware and ‘recycle, reuse, reduce’ seems to be the mantra in the West.

In India we never care about these small things. We must not curse the government and its policies for everything. A small effort at the individual level can make quite a difference. What the government can do is provide incentives to encourage people.


Listen to workers

The recent vandalism at the Maruti plant at Manesar is nothing new in India. Though the way in which the workers acted is condemnable, the affected workers should be given a chance to express their greivances. We should consider the demands of poor workers sympathetically. The government gives full support to big corporate houses and people in power but nobody addresses the issues faced by the poor workers.

A poor person most of the time bears exploitation till it becomes unbearable. So the government must make efforts to know the real cause behind the conditions that forced the workers to take the extreme step of resorting to violence.


Resigned to fate

All pre- 2006 retired Major and equivalent ranks in the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy are getting lesser pension than their entitlement. This anomaly was brought out before the AFT, Chandigarh which in its 2010 verdict asked the government to give the pensioners their due with all other benefits and arrears with effect from 2006 within four months from the date of receipt of the order. Instead of giving our share of benefit after correcting the mistake, the government has filed a review petition in the Supreme Court.

We are the veterans who fought the 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars. Some of us who were denied legitimate pension are already dead; others are above 90 yrs and in their last leg of their life.

The Supreme Court is requested to give its decision at the earliest to avoid further harassment to senior and very senior citizens who cannot run around courts to get their dues.

The MoD pension branch should also pass strictures to the concerned quarters to implement the SC orders so that the surviving pensioners are able to avail the monetary benefit at the earliest.

Maj GS AUJLA (retd), Jalandhar

Change drug policy

It is not the doctors but the drug policy of India which is to be blamed for high prices of medicines. There is a lot of hue and cry among the masses because of the huge profit margin allegedly earned by pharma companies, doctors and chemists in prescribing a particular drug.

If the drug policy is such that the a particular drug company can not inflate the price or the whole difference in wholesale price and the MRP is limited to say 15 or 20%; or price variation among the same drug is limited to 5% and the generic medicines are available at the actual cost and not at very high MRP, the problem will be solved. Such a regimen is already in place with drug combinations with aspirin.

The solution does not lie in not opening generic drug stores or sensitising the doctors to write generic medicines, but to change the drug policy. The wholesale price of a generic medicine is say Rs 4 and the MRP of the same generic medicine is Rs 50, it is the discretion of the chemist what to charge and share the profit with the doctor. If the drug policy is strong and patient friendly, how can the doctor–chemist nexus exploit the patient?

Dr VITULL K. GUPTA Bathinda 

Ineffective helplines

Are the helplines started by the government meant to serve a purpose or are they just mean to make a fool of the common man, who keep dialing the number industriously to find a solution to their problems.

The HP Subordinate Services Selection Board (HPSSSB), Hamirpur (HP)’s telephone number 01972221841 which is a kind of helpline to enquire about information the unemployed youth needs, always plays the pre-recorded message “Ye number abhi vyast hai, kripya thori daer baad dial karein”. In case the call finally gets through, nobody attends to it. Precious time is wasted and hope of getting help is shattered.

Now, that the interviews for B Ed degree holders in Himachal are awaited, candidates are eagerly waiting for their TET pass certificates which are required at the time of the interview. These certificates are not reaching the candidates in different parts of the state, so whom does the prospective candidate look up to?

A few more telephone lines should be added to the existing one, incase one telephone number is overburdened or is the board shying away from its responsibility. Is anybody listening?

INDER DEV, Dharamsala (HP)



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