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CIC’s directions to CBI appreciable

The step taken by the Chief Information Commissioner asking the CBI to provide desired information to RTI applicants deserves appreciation. The CBI is merely an investigating body which looks into high profile scams. The information sought on investigations in these scams is of national interest and need not be exempted from the RTI Act.

General information like the kind of allegations, current status of the case, etc could be shared, whereas sensitive information pertaining to details of witnesses, sources of information, further plan of action and process of investigation need not be divulged.

The citizens of this country are fed up with some scam or the other being unearthed day after day. They are keeping a close watch on the progress made in high-profile cases. No scamster should be allowed to be shielded by vested interests or allowed to go scot-free. Keeping this mood and temper of the people in mind, the government should go with the aspirations of the people and do the needful as asked for by the Chief Information Commissioner.



Apropos editorial ‘Be transparent’ (November 5), the old and accepted image of the police being frighteningly inaccessible seems to have been retained by the CBI. While the agency is entrusted with serious cases of crimes, scams and corruption, its self-created and water-tight compartmentalisation raises amongst the people doubts about its functioning, independence and credibility. When the agency investigates allegations of corruption and human rights violations, the interest of the masses automatically is at stake.

Many high profile cases like 2G scam, illegal ore mining, CWG, coal scam, etc are so related to our administrative functioning and efficiency that the CBI should not withhold information only on the ground of it being ‘sensitive’. Some individuals have made efforts and taken risk in exposing many scams and above all it is the tax-payers’ money that has been attempted to be misappropriated.


Diversified farming

If the government is really interested in bringing about diversification in agriculture, the following three suggestions could come in handy. First, purchase maize and basmati by providing remunerative MSP for these crops, as done during paddy and wheat procurement. Second, help farmers by providing interest-free loans for dairy farming in rural areas. Third, create a belt for mango and litchi orchards starting from Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur to Chandigarh, by providing free plant material and helping the orchardists for four years with a grant of Rs 5,000 per acre.

Dr KK SHARMA, Ludhiana

Increase jail term

It is very unfortunate to witness road accidents due to drunken driving leading to death. Causing death by negligence covered under Section 304-A IPC is a bailable offence, so errant drivers continue to take human lives for granted on roads. In the light of what is visible to the public eye, the crisis is aggravating at the cost of many valuable lives on road accidents due to rash and drunken driving in the absence of an action plan to curb lawlessness on roads. 

The taverns along GT road and the absence of routine checks by highway patrols encourages drunken driving and leads to consequent disasters. In a recently-pronounced SC judgement, it has been suggested that law makers should reform the sentencing policy to curb accidents of serious nature and provide 10-year jail term for drunken driving which will be an alarm for anti-social elements.


Unnecessary hurdle

A lecturer working in a recognised college or university and an approved teacher in the university system should not be required to pass NET test while applying for an Assistant Professor’s post. He has already been selected according to the then prevalent norms accepted by UGC/HRD for doing PhD. Also there should not be any inconsistencies in UGC’s decisions. In case of unemployed candidates who have passed their Ph D according to the prevalent guidelines of UGC prior to its 2009 notification, the qualification of NET-pass is unnecessary.


Living in virtual world

Youngsters today have replaced human interaction with cyber interaction. They have crossed the line from social networking to social dysfunction. Social networking has now become a compulsion, a compulsion to dissociate from the real world and live in a virtual world.

Problems arise when users ignore family and work obligations because they find Facebook a more interactive and enjoyable medium to spend time. They check the Facebook status the first thing in the morning, check it frequently during the day and then check it again before going to sleep.

In this way, they have isolated ourselves from social interaction. They do not feel the need to bond with immediate family, relatives, friends, neighbours, etc, as it used to be 20 years ago. Students ignore their parents warnings and behave rudely with them. Real world lies outside the computer, not within the computer.




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