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States need to create own revenue

Instead of asking for more grants from the Centre, Chief Ministers should learn to generate own legitimate sources of revenue. There should be proper utilisation of available grants, accountability should be fixed for pilferage of government funds, unmindful spending on populist schemes should be discouraged and expenses on personal luxuries of political leaders and government officials like foreign jaunts, misuse of official machinery should be dissuaded.

In the National Development Council (NDC) meeting held recently, there were constructive proposals too like setting up of a technological mission for helping diversification in agriculture from the Punjab Chief Minister and a proposal for continuance of subsidy on LPG to save forest wealth from the HP Chief Minister. The West Bengal CM wanted grants from the Centre for meeting Rs 2 lakh cr debt burden, HP CM asked for enhancing budgetary support to special category hill states, Punjab CM wanted Centre to bail it out of its whopping Rs 35,000 crore debt and J& K CM demanded Rs 68, 000 crore grant.

The National Development Council (NDC) meeting is meant to discuss, ratify and approve the five year plan/ annual plan of the country and states. Their requirements are probably consolidated after the states and union ministries have submitted their plans to the Planning Commission, which are in turn compiled out of need-based proposals received from the gram panchayats, blocks and districts. Before the NDC, these plans are discussed thoroughly in the Planning Commission with all the Chief Ministers and high officials from the respective states.

Dr PURAN SINGH, Nilokheri

No succour to rapists

On the long path of justice, the humiliating legal process breaks down most of the rape victims. In many cases, the victim is made to marry the rapist to have a socially acceptable life, and this theory is promoted by the police. In this manner, the rapist gets emboldened.

Also, law is more favourable to juvenile criminals rather than juvenile victims. Former President Pratibha Patil did not blink an eyelid before converting death sentence into a life term for rapists and killers of minor girls. In one such case, a Delhi rapist will escape punishment as this brutal killer and rapist was found to be a minor.

Most of the times we blame the police. Even after their good work in many cases, despite pressures they face, the good work is undone by the judiciary and politicians.


Improve sub-systems

India is passing through a very critical and crucial phase of social transformation. The Delhi gang-rape has exposed the partial, if not total failure of sub-systems in our society. The type of immoral acts being committed by the youth in different parts of our country have got no place in our multi-religious and multi-cultural society. Everybody therefore should strongly condemn and criticise such criminal acts.

Young girls and women do not find themselves safe and secure when they leave their homes for their studies, workplace, etc. Strong and stern action against culprits to check such type of heinous crimes in order to make our society a better place to live in is the responsibility of the government.

The society as well as the youth need to change their mindset. They need to respect women. Above all, they are expected to play constructive role for the country rather than committing violence, immoral acts and destruction. 



The issue primarily has sociological roots and needs to be addressed at its origin.  Punitive action alone would be akin to cosmetic surgery for a facelift, while the ‘heart and soul’ remain as dark and rotten.  Charity begins at home. Each one of us owes it to the other to act with compassion and understanding. 

If we accept this responsibility at a personal level, we can be sure of producing lesser number of rascals for society to deal with. Let people pay more attention to their homes and families.

We need to spend time with our families; know, understand and be there for each other. Many a social evils will possibly disappear.


Intellectual rape

Usually intellectual rape is being done in classrooms because the ‘gurus’ are giving immaterial forced lectures to disciples. To quote Nobel laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore “A teacher can never truly teach unless he himself is still learning. A lamp can never light another lamp unless it keeps its own flame burning”.

In fact, intellectual rape has been happening in the classrooms because of education providers who are not competent to deliver goods as per the willingness of the receiver.

To quote the relevant portion of a 2011 judgment by Dr Justice B S Chauhan of the Supreme Court which speaks that “the quality of education would depend on various factors but the most relevant of them is excellence of teaching staff. Quality of teaching staff can not be compromised. The selection of the most suitable persons is essential in order to maintain excellence and the standard of teaching in the institution”.




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