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Downstream water pollution hazardous

In the wake of the Chinese move to approve construction of three more dams on the Brahmaputra river in Tibet, India’s views and concerns have been rightly conveyed to the Chinese authorities at an appropriate level, being a lower riparian state with considerable established user rights to the waters of the river (news reportIndia proposes water treaty as China goes on damming spree’, February 11).

The construction of more dams or hydro-electric projects on rivers increases pollution manifold in the waters flowing downstream in the form of trash and silt during the period of construction of the dams or the projects; secondly, due to the subsequent development that takes place in the surrounding areas of project sites.

Water pollution is detrimental to the environment and to the health of living creatures including human beings, in particular. So these hazardous issues of water pollution relating to these proposed upcoming projects must be taken up appropriately by the concerned authorities.

KK SOOD, Nangal

National traitor

Seeing Yasin Malik, a J&K separatist leader, share the dais with LeT chief Hafiz Saeed has come as a rude shock not only to the Indian government but also to the aam admi. When Malik is openly seen with a wanted criminal and terrorist mourning the death of another terrorist Afzal Guru, he should be arrested and tried for treason against India. But before that the government and all our political parties should come out with one voice on national security and there should be no two voices, even from Jammu & Kashmir government for strong action against traitors.


Pilgrimage mishaps

It is the duty of pilgrims to cooperate with the authorities and follow instructions to avoid being caught in stampedes and other uncomfortable situations (editorial Tragedy at Kumbh February 12). They tend to break and jump queues and joy walk with gay abandon.

Before putting all blame on the government for tragedies, we must look within. We are also to blame for mishaps to some extent. Pilgrimage does not give us the freedom to treat with levity the rules and regulations made for our own safety.

HEMA, Langeri (Hoshiarpur)


There is no doubt that in such a situation where crores of people converge at one pilgrimage site, it is very difficult to control what appears like an ocean of humans. At the same time, the railway authorities should have been very careful while announcing the trains or changes in schedules.

Simply, resigning to fate will not help, rather ministers, officials, public should work out well in advance about emergency preparations and disaster management. The authorities should have learnt their lessons now. Proper planning, preparation and lastly execution can prevent human tragedies like these.


Dream merchants

The worst that can happen to the retirees (teaching and non- teaching staff) of privately managed government-aided colleges in Punjab has happened. Repealing the Act, the government had promised to pay them pension-cum-gratuity about one and a half decade earlier. It is outrageous that the government has backed out of its promise.

The government has let down the teaching community who waited for this relief for such a long time. Employees of privately managed government aided colleges knew at the time of joining that their jobs are not pensionable, but it was the government which showed them this rosy dream of getting pension.

KK KHOSLA, Ludhiana


The Haryana Civil Pensioners’ Welfare Association has sought slab-wise increase in pension after attaining the age of 65 years and beyond on analogy of five, ten, fifteen and twenty per cent upto the age of 80 years. Retirees who are in the age bracket of 65-80 now, joined service in the erstwhile Punjab state and were allocated to the state of Haryana in the event of reorganisation of the state in November 1966.

Since their counterparts in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh are getting it, why should they be left out? It is indeed ironical that this genuine demand of the pensioners is pending with the Haryana government for the last several years, even though the state is way ahead of other states in granting facilities and various incentives to other deserving categories in all other fields.


Farmers’ issues

There is a need to address the problems of farmers at various levels which can give them some relief. The government must put up solar electric fencing along the SYL canal and forest lands. The compensation to farmers for damage of crops must be increased from Rs 4,000 per acre to at least Rs 20,000 per acre for seasonal crops like wheat, maize and vegetables and Rs 50,000 per acre for sugarcane and gardens. The compensation should be given immediately after assessment by competent authority. A road alongside the SYL canal needs to be constructed which will also boost the economy of the area.

MEHAR SINGH, Sidhupur (Punjab)

Immoral parasites 

The money-hungry political leaders of today are immoral parasites who feed on the gullible public. First they loot the money of genuine tax-payers with impunity and afterwards they take the refuge of lawyers (liars) who try to befool and misguide the judicial authorities by the jugglery of words and by presenting fake arguments. The lawyers are equally to be blamed, though it is a professional hazard. The unethical leaders at first do grave injustice to the unsuspecting people and they cry for justice for themselves they least deserve, when they are put behind the bars.

SN SHARMA, Pathankot



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