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CAG cannot be a govt chum

Successive governments, especially the UPA government, at the Centre have given tax relaxations and incentives to private companies as witnessed in the telecom and coal scam. The middle class has been taxed irrationally and illogically. There was huge revenue loss to the nation which CAG Vinod Rai has pointed out from time to time (news item Race begins for new CAG as govt looks for a softer face, February 19).

The UPA cannot question the wisdom and professional competency of the CAG which is a specialised autonomous institution which maintains a balancesheet of every single rupee earned and spent by the union government? Why do our politicians run away from accountability? Why is transparency not exercised in governance?

It shall be moral and political bankruptcy of the UPA government if they choose to replace him with a handpicked and henpecked CAG, who may ignore the bungling of the UPA government, in place of Rai. When the nation is marred by financial scams and scandals, it is all the more important to have a fair and upright CAG, like Rai.

Capt AMAR JEET KUMAR (retd), Mohali

Court directive

The directive of the Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued to government bodies will surely cut delays in delivery of justice to the aggrieved petitioners whose appeals have been upheld by trial courts (news item ‘High Court warns government bodies on red tape in filing appeals’, February 17).

 There are many instances where the government bodies intentionally do not submit reply to the CWP on the first date after the admittance of the petitions, and fail to do so on many subsequent dates citing reasons that are not cogent and are unsubstantiated. The aggrieved petitioners under such situations are the worst sufferers.

So, taking a balanced view, it is in the interest of justice that such government bodies or PSUs be penalised if they cause intentional delays.


‘Privileged’ class

The ‘privileged’ men are elected or appointed to serve the masses rather than getting served at the cost of tax payers’ money (editorial Sense of insecurity’, February 15). As far as the protection of protectees is concerned, the threat perception must be checked at regular intervals and the number of security personnel required per person should be restricted. The protectees can also be charged for the security cover which can act as deterrent to carry extra security  baggage.



No VIP ever dies in such religious congregations as the Mahakumbh because he is provided with the best security. The Indian Railway authorities has never bothered about the comfort of the ordinary passengers as the capitalist socio-political system has psychologically trained them to think only about the select sections of our populace who travel in Rajdhani Express and Shatabadi Express (editorial Tragedy at Kumbh, February 12).

Dr RAJ BAHADUR YADAV, Fatehabad (Haryana)

Tibetan question

Tibet remains in turmoil. Immolations are on the rise. The youth are getting restless. They blame their leaders who they feel are living comfortably in India, doing little for people back home. Why don’t they return and join us in our struggle, they ask? The elders have no answer (Kuldip Nayar’s articleTibetans’ problems, February 16).

The Dalai Lama is worried about his people. One has to be amongst one’s people to lead freedom movements and lead from the front like Mayanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi who lived in a prison for over two decades. Ultimately, she did win the battle.

Continuing to run the Tibetan government-in-exile from the Indian soil is not helping the Tibetan cause, but it is surely hurting our national interest.

Wg Cdr CL SEHGAL (retd), Jalandhar

Right to say

Press Council of India chairman Markenday Katju’s opinion on Modi is not without material and ground realities, as is evident from the fact that Modi’s top cronies are serving jail terms while his former Home Minister Amit Shah is on bail (news report Cong, BJP duel over Katju hots up, February 19). Noted jurist Fali S Nariman has also complemented Katju for his writ-up on Modi. It is slavery not to speak out your thoughts. Voltaire aptly said “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the last your right to say”.

BM SINGH, Amritsar

Plan for cancer hospital

The Punjab Government wants to establish a cancer hospital in Mullanpur near Chandigarh with the help of the Central Government’s Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

While most cases of cancer are reported from the Malwa region, the cancer hospital should come up in any of the districts falling in Malwa like Bathinda, Faridkot, Mansa, Moga, Muktsar, Nawan Shahar, Sangrur so that cancer patients have easy and frequent access to medical help. Top notch hospitals like the PGI and GMCH-32, which are situated near Mullanpur, are already providing the best cancer care at an affordable cost to the people.

MANU, Chandigarh 



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