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Railways needs remedial measures

Indian Railways is one of the largest employers in the world with about four lakh employees. The Railways, with an annual loss of Rs 270,000 crore, is rife with corruption from top to bottom. According to the 2011 Central Vigilance Commission report, the Railways faced the maximum number of corruption cases. The report also revealed that every third official penalised for corruption in the country belonged to the Railways.

In the latest bribery case involving former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla and relative Sandeep Goyal, railway official Mahesh Kumar wanted to control signalling tenders worth Rs 50,000 crore for which he allegedly paid a bribe. Besides, Train Ticket Examiners (TTEs) and other staff are interested in making money through fraudulent ways. Every year the Railways purchases goods worth around Rs 20,000 crore and a lot of financial bunglings are reported from these.

The authorities concerned should take remedial steps to be free from the taint of corruption. Life imprisonment can be a very effective deterrent for offenders.


Not for poor

The Right to Education (RTE) Act came into being on April 1, 2010, in the country. Under the Act, free education is the right of every poor child aged 6-14 years. Also, the Central and state governments are bound to provide many facilities to schoolchildren like mid-day meal, free transport facility and free uniforms. Still, most of the poor children can be seen scavenging garbage for something to eat. Some children can be seen begging while others working at dhabas and brick kilns.

Poor children are still unable to get free education through RTE, as there is nobody to inform them and their parents about this Act. So, educated people of society and government officials must reach out and encourage them to take benefit of this free education facility.

DS VERMA, Sirmour

Accident-prone area

The road from Devi Lal Sports Complex in Sector 3, Panchkula, to Ramgarh is a highly accident-prone area. The stretch witnesses a lot of heavy traffic all day and night. There is no provision of traffic lights opposite the sports complex. The Haryana Urban Development Authority is requested to take necessary steps to curtail traffic congestion as well as hazards on the stretch.

GR KALRA, Panchkula

Court vacations

There are different opinions on whether the courts in the country should continue with the age-old practice of having the summer and winter vacations. Given the fact that there is a huge backlog of cases, the government must discontinue this practice. In 2010, an AP High Court judge had said that the judiciary would take 320 years to clear the backlog of 31.28 million cases pending in various courts in the country. Besides, the courts should also function on Saturdays. We must shun this legacy of the British which does not suit us now.

SHER SINGH, Ludhiana

Child labour

One feels a great pain to note that the number of child labour has been increasing over the years. Childhood is the best time for a child to develop his teaching as well as other abilities. But the plight of poor children who are used as cheap labour is seen to be believed.

Though we claim to be well-educated personalities, we ourselves never hesitate engaging a poor child as cheap labour at home. Many employees see such children at or outside their workplaces, but they just ignore them. Such attitude of educated and rich people of our society is causing them more harm. Why do we fail to inform the police or the authorities concerned about their exploitation or such children. We must give them a chance to enjoy their lost childhood.


Do politicians have true friends?

This refers to the editorial ‘Parliament functioning: President calls for introspection’ (May 27). In a democracy, controversies do arise (sometimes meaningless) in state legislatives and Parliament. MLAs or MPs, as the case may be, on such occasions debate the issues acrimoniously, indulge in gambolling, throwing mikes, chairs and on occasions these elite members end up brawling with one another. Former American President FD Roosevelt had asserted that “in seeking economic and political progress, we all go up or else we all go down”.

Politicians in power don’t have true friends. Wise politicians/leaders who know this never sulk. The reputation of all constitutional institutions besides state Assemblies and Parliament is damaged by some tainted custodians passing indecent remarks and behaving unacceptably. These leaders along with their kin run the nation’s sacred constitutional institutions like their family enterprise. After all, these institutions are not sheep for mutton and wool.

BK JETHI, Khanna 



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