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RSA: Keep it simple, transparent

The Right To Service Act brought by the Punjab Government seems to be a well-intended effort to save the common man from the virus of corruption, unless it is used as a tool to gain brownie points for political mileage. Therefore, powers-that-be should take a realistic and pragmatic view to implement the Act in the right earnesrt and not scuttle it in the name of red tapism.

The common man should not be tied in procedural tangles. The Act should be made simple and its implementation should be made transparent and accountable. If the designated officer fails to provide services within the specified period or give a reason in writing then it should be treated as misconduct and failure to perform duty and disciplinary action should be taken against him without delay.

If for making an appeal to an appellate authority, the common man has to engage lawyers the very purpose of the Act stands defeated. It is very difficult for the common man to challenge the cunning and corrupt bureaucracy on procedural and technical intricacies.

A self-regulatory audit under the RTS should be brought into force. A monthly audit of applications for services under RTS should be done. If any application is found not redressed, it should be treated as an appeal.

Disciplinary action should be initiated against defaulters. Similarly, second appellate authority should make a monthly audit of the first appellate authority and should submit a report to the concerned department’s Principal Secretary or Finance Commissioner and the Right to Service Act Commission. All the loopholes in the implementation of the Act should be plugged without making the common man run from pillar to post, otherwise he will again fall into the trap of a corrupt system.

Dr TIRATH GARG, Ferozepur


The Pun jab Government had introduced the “Right to Service Act” wherein the time limit of delivery of registration certificate (RC) is provided. Surprisingly, the administration has removed this service from the Suwidha centres and the Transport Department. Now, the government has left the hapless people at the mercy of company dealers who sell vehicles. For what purpose has the Right to Service Act been introduced then? The dealers are fiercely fleecing the people and are not giving details of the registration amount.


The ‘Indian’ way

Why is it that the performance of Pakistan and India is so dismal in the Olympics, not to forget that India has won an Olympic Gold in Hockey a record eight times and Pakistan has won it twice? The main culprit is the astro turf. Ever since it has been introduced, it has favored the European as well as the Australian hockey teams, who were once non-entities in the game.

India and Pakistan excelled in hockey, as long as it was played on grass, because it could be practised freely. But the rules were changed by IHF, who introduced the artificial turf for international matches in the 1970s, even though it was clear that poor and developing countries could not afford artificial turf.

Other games like baseball, soccer and cricket are still played by the world on grass and tennis is played on both, grass and clay courts, a clear case of discrimination to suit the rich countries.

The argument in favour of the artificial turf is that it makes the game fast and more ‘competitive’. The astro turf was introduced by some enthusiasts for soccer fields in England and some other western countries but largely dismantled by the mid-90s, blaming it to be a slippery and ‘inconvenient’ surface. India and Pakistan still play and practise hockey on grass courts. India can transform the hockey scene by starting an IPL-like international tournament of hockey on grass, and invite the world teams to play it once again the ‘Indian’ way.

Dr JV YAKHMI, Mumbai

Influencing the youth

The Deputy Chief Minister of the state has asked the IGP to investigate and the Congress has set up an enquiry committee for fact finding in the hooch tragedy that claimed 11 precious lives (news report Hooch tragedy in Gurdaspur; 11 dead”, August 8).

Sometime back a senior Punjab politician candidly admitted that it needs a pool of whisky to become Sarpanch of a village. The people are taken for a ride. The youths are more enthusiastic to lap up such freebies and that is how their initiation into the dirty world of crime, politics and corruption is done.

Wg Cdr SS RANDHAWA (retd), Chandigarh

Flow of sympathy

Rupinder Tewari’s middle Moti’s Unconditional Love (August 4) drew my attention to Pope Pius IX who refused to concern himself with society for the prevention of cruelty to animals on the ground that religion did not demand from man any duties to animals. As a consequence, 19th century thinking had been almost like this. In the 20th century and afterwards also there has been no change in human behaviour towards animals. The word ‘dog’ (Kutta) has become a term of abuse among the masses.

As spontaneous flow of sympathy towards suffering human beings is needed; so should be the case with animals too. As Samuel Coleridge says in ‘The rime of the ancient mariner’: He prayeth well who loves well/Both man and bird and beast.

Prof BM RAWLLEY, Zirakpur



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