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Strong foundation for Aadhar

Theoretically, the benefits of the ‘Aadhar Card’ to the common man cannot be denied, what needs to be talked about is its systematic processing and implementation ( news report ‘Cash transfer of subsidies in 51 districts begins on Jan 1’, November 25).

One should not doubt the scheme’s utility in reducing transition costs, eliminating pilferage, wastage and corruption. But before making the Aadhar Card mandatory for anyone to be eligible for government subsidy and concession, have we ensured that each one of the targeted section of people has actually been given his Aadhar Card? I was registered and finger-printed for this card on December 8, 2011 and despite my repeated phones and e-mail complaints I am yet to get my Aadhar card. I am educated and have access to internet, but what about the teeming illiterate, rural and BPL families whom we wish to target through this card?

Such hasty and lop-sided implementation of good schemes and plans often generates scams and scandals and more so when the amount of subsidy involved is huge, more than Rs 3.23 lakh crore.

VED GULIANI, Hisar (Haryana)

Pak pretence

The Ministry of Home Affairs has allowed Pakistani judicial commission looking into Pakistan’s role in 26/11 to visit India and cross-examine eye-witnesses.

The Government of Pakistan aim is not to substantiate proof of involvement of its state and non-state actors in the 26/11 massacre (of which enough proof has already been forwarded by the Indian government to the Pakistan government but is treated as insufficient). Its objective is to find out loopholes which led to failure of its desired mission and the unfortunate capture of Ajmal Kasab, which led to international embarrassment and condemnation of Pakistan.

The Pakistani judicial commission if permitted to visit India would aim to project to the world community at large its false face of secularism and anti-terror stance. Pakistan would appropriately load the commission with ISI elements.

While dealing with any delegation or visiting officials or otherwise, Indian agencies need to be extra vigilant and keep all such visitors under proper surveillance to ensure security of the Indian state and its citizens. And we must not forget, people like Kasab are venerated as martyrs in the land of Pakistan.

G S VIRK, Chandigarh

Twitter bug

A long as parody sticks to healthy satire and humour, it should be welcomed. But if the comments, opinion or views are expressed in an irresponsible manner promoting hatred or are derogatory, inflammatory or abusive, it should be checked by the administrator of the social website and deleted. Social networking sites are meant for quick communication between friends and relatives and not for posting obscene and defamatory remarks which violate the privacy or show disrespect to individuals, organisations on the social sites. The editorial “Twitter troubles” (November 26) carries good advice for users of social media.

SC VAID, Greater Noida

Act of sacrilege

Gurdwaras are holy places where the devout Sikhs participate in divine service and cleanse their hearts of the stains of sins. Their sanctity must be maintained (editorial “Unfortunate incident”, November 17). Was the recent clash between the supporters of the SAD Badal (Delhi) and the Akali Dal (Delhi) within the precincts of Rakabganj Gurdwara not an act of sacrilege? Sikhism is a rational way of life.

The government should not make any amendment to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara (Amendment) Bill without having a consensus among different Sikh bodies on the issue. Incidentally, quite a large number of Sikh boys have become apostates and drug addicts and are indulging in heinous crimes. None of the various Akali Dals is persuading them to become devout Sikhs. Alas “Khuda ney aaj tak us qaum kee haalat nahin badli/ na ho jis ko khayaal aap apni haalat key badalney ka”

BHAGWANT SINGH, Qadian (Gurdaspur)

Power pangs

The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) is already bearing a huge cumulative loss, it would be impossible for the corporation to arrange funds needed for heavy investment to provide meters on all the tubewells getting free supply, numbering about 12 lakh (editorial “Metered largesse” November 3).

The huge recurring expenses involved in taking meter readings and further processing them bi-monthly would be an additional liability. To recover extra financial costs on these accounts, tariff would have to be increased which would not be acceptable to the consumers.

The power corporation and the government should install meters on tube wells having motors of rating 10 HP and above. The electricity user charges should be recovered from all agricultural consumers except marginal farmers, as has been recommended repeatedly by economic experts.

RL MAHAJAN, Ludhiana

Denigrating high office

Congress spokespersons, including ministers, have unleashed a vilification campaign against the CAG, based on a statement issued by a retired CAG official, to cover up their own acts of omission and commission. In the process they are denigrating and challenging an institution which forms an integral part of the system of governance under the Indian Constitution.

The CAG is being invited for an open debate which does not behove members of a ruling party. The Congress party needs to stop this campaign against a constitutional authority and instead take corrective measures. The Indian masses are now mature enough to understand the game plan.

MK JINSI, Zirakpur



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