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Juvenile delinquents need care

We are all aware of the physical and sexual harassment of inmates in most of the private and government owned juvenile homes, childcare centres and centres for destitutes and for women. Instead of giving them a home-like environment, the inmates mostly are subjected to bad, sometimes cruel and inhuman treatment.

There is almost no transparency in the working of such homes. Nobody checks the working of the homes regularly. It is only after some inmates who escape from such homes relate their stories of unnatural ways of harassment, that we get a peek into the living conditions in such organisations. Some arrests are made but the malady remains. No concrete arrangements are made to avoid repetition of the misdeeds. NGOs which run such homes get financial assistance from the government. As such a regular inspection and audit of these homes by reliable officers is a must. Otherwise instead of improvement, there will be a downgradation in human living. In Upneet Lalli’s article Juvenile Justice: The urgency for reforms’ (February 28), the writer has suggested valuable steps to be taken urgently by the concerned Ministry of Child and Women Affairs.

PN GUPTA, Sangrur

Voters’ strategy

The victory of SAD candidate in the recent Moga byelection did not spring up any surprise, as it was on expected lines (editorial Sukhbir, again’, March 1). 

Since this byelection was a matter of prestige for the SAD and the Congress, the SAD high command put all its might in the byelection.

The voters of this constituency too did not lag behind in devising a strategy. They thought the victory of the ruling party candidate will benefit them more than that of the opposition candidate. This type of voters strategy is limited to byelections only, in which normally the ruling party candidate wins. The reality is however, different in general elections, while the Congress thought that a victory in this byelection would boost the morale of party workers for facing the 2014 Lok Sabha election, SAD on the other hand, was eager to win this seat for carrying on with its winning streak and for gaining a simple majorityin the Assembly.


Budget response

Streamlining the policies and programmes and their effective and monitored execution should now be on the agenda of policy makers. The budget deficit can very effectively be kept under control and as promised can further be reduced by curtailing wasteful government expenditure. The persons at the helm of economic affairs of the nation must check the implementation part which can go a long way not only in restricting the budget deficit but in chalking out well directed growth of the economy too.

Some hope has been revived by the Finance Minister and let us expect that with the better execution and implementation of promises made in this budget, the economic scenario will improve in the coming days.

Keeping the budget deficit under control is praiseworthy and suitably ignites the hope for improvement in the overall economy. The Finance Minister deserves to be patted for daring to give the much required pinch to the affluent sector. Although no concessions have been offered to the middle or poor segment, yet in the present circumstances, sparing them with regard to the additional burden of taxes should be taken as a matter of relief.


Proving true to name

The news item ‘'Meghalaya polls: Field Marshal, Hitler in fray (February 21) has opened a new thesaurus of unique names that may spread a contagion in other parts of the country. There is already a rat race for adopting fancy names.

 Gone are the days when only the name of an established political party was considered winning ammunition. Meghalaya politicians are the first ones to sense the malady and have wisely searched new options to attract voters. But a piquant situation may arise after election results. What happens if Adolf Hitler Barak adorns the Chief Minister's chair and Field Marshal Mawphniang is the leader of Opposition? Will legislators like Hilarious Dkhar prove true to their names and provide moments of entertainment in the Assembly and likes of  Kismat Sangmas save the government from a no-confidence motion ?

LR SHARMA, Sundernagar


The picture of Ashok Arora, Haryana INLD chief, accompanying the lead story ‘No new tax in poll-bound Haryana’ (The Tribune, March 2, 2013, front page) was wrong. 

In the news report ‘Defence allocation up 14%’ (The Tribune, March 1, 2013/Page 17), the opening paragraph erroneously mentions that the defence budget has gone up by Rs 1,93,407 crore.

The errors are regretted.



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