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Pollution control boards need to act

It is disturbing to note that out of 36 industrial units raided by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), nine were found to be violating norms. One unit was found discharging its polluted water into the ground through a borewell (news report ‘Mandi Gobindgarh industrial units raided by PPCB’, February 1). The percentage of violators comes to an alarming level of 25 per cent.

Imagine the plight of residents living in the vicinity of these industrial units spread across Dera Bassi to Mubarikpur in Mohali.

My fears originate from the fact that the pipes of tubewells taken out for repair in these areas were found containing a black material, signalling presence of chemicals in the ground water. If the PPCB works efficiently and sincerely, it can do a great service to mankind.


Widening the gap

In the wake of the bidding of the IPL teams held in Chennai, a common Indian is amazed at the way money is thrown away in IPL extravaganza. On one hand, millions of our countrymen go to bed without a meal, millions do not get proper clothing and many more are living in similar pathetic conditions. On the other hand, billions are spent in the name of the game of cricket and entertainment.

This is creating a big financial and social gap between the rich, the middle and the poor class. The government must interfere in the expenditure made in the name of IPL. The tax collected from IPL must be utilised for the welfare of rural areas where 70 per cent of the country's population lives.

MOHD MUDASSIR ALAM, Kishanganj (Bihar)

Opening closed doors

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has asked for a direct train between Jammu and Chandigarh (news report ‘Azad for Chandigarh-Jammu train’, February 1). Apart from patients from J&K, many other categories of passengers who face serious difficulties in transportation, will get much-needed relief as a result of the proposed train.  Among them are a large number of service personnel and members of police forces deployed in J&K who belong to neighbouring states like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and travel on this route very frequently. It will also open a window to Kashmiris to see the outside world and vice-versa.


Public debate

The BJP has Rajnath Singh as the new president; Congress, on the other hand, has put the mantle of leading the party on their newly-appointed vice-president Rahul Gandhi. That being so, these two leaders must face each other at public debates on TV to show their grit, put forth their agendas and delve on how they plan to execute their plans of leading the nation. The country needs answers from the leaders of the two leading parties, the Congress and the BJP. The countrymen will ultimately decide whether or not they have performed well being in power and in opposition.

Prof CK SARDANA, Bhopal

Give us jobs

Manifestos of all political parties assure of more industries, better jobs and enhanced standard of living for the youth. But the current scenario appears bleak. Recently, the Punjab Government passed a new law for steel industries, the E-Bill system.

Under this law, steel industries cannot sell or purchase without an E-Bill. This E-Bill has decreased the profit margin of industries. After a long period of strike, the industries decided they will move to Gujarat. 

Here a situation has arisen where private colleges giving technical education are more and industries less. The current scenario does not speak of development at all, when over 40,000 aspiring engineers have had to leave their home state for jobs.


Legal hurdles

The Indian legal system is fraught with a number of problems like huge pendency, shortage of judges, tottering system of policing, paucity of good police investigators, an army of lawyers without a fee regulatory system, corruption and a whole lot of other unhealthy practices.

Just pay a visit to a court anywhere in India. See the lawyers bargaining with the litigants and the petition writers charging for petty services and the way ‘babus’ behave with the poor people visiting the courts. Cast a cursory look at the state of sanitation. Try getting a document typed, verified and signed. By the time you will come out of the court, for sure, you may have an empty pocket and aching heels.


Equality before God

It is not understandable how playing music by three drum majorettes can harm Islam, a religion followed by billions of people the world over (editorial ‘Feminine aspirations’, February 4). Are women not the creation of the same God as men? If the answer is yes, why cannot the former have the same freedom and the right to publicly display their talents and skills as the latter? Do men want women only to dance to their tunes within the four walls of the house and not show their worth in other walks of life?


Surprise checks

Irrespective of the change in government, the common man continues to reel under bureaucratic delays and indifference of the powers that be (news report ‘Virbhadra for speedy Redressal of public grievances’, January 30). Periodic surprise checks by departmental offices at the district\sub-divisional\ block\tehsil levels followed by stern action against the erring officials could serve as checks and balances in the system.

TARA CHAND, Ambota (Una)

Live the moment now

Down the ages, our saints, gurus, philosophers and scholars have been teaching us to live in the present. If we are depressed, we are living in the past, if we are anxious we are living in the future and if we are calm and composed, we are living in the present.

The best moment in our life is now. Neither was it in the past, nor would it be in the future.

Introspection and the different hues of nature give us the required food for thought, solace and satisfaction in this artificial world of double standards and make-belief arrangements.

MS TANDAN, Ambala Cantt 



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