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Property Bill to curb frauds

I welcome the government’s decision of introducing the real estate regulation Bill that will give the much-needed respite to real-estate buyers and eliminate the risk of losing the property if rented out for a long time (editorial ‘Fleeced by builders: House buyers to get protection’, June 6). 

The decision to maintain a complete record of each and every property with details of its ownership is a commendable step on the government’s part. The Bill, once passed in Parliament, will definitely curtail the chances of cheating and fraud by property dealers and builders. Even those who hesitate to rent out their properties for fear of losing the same to tenants or property dealers, and prefer to keep them locked instead, will be able to rent out the same.

Also, it will be easy to buy new flats, houses, plots with little risk of their being grabbed by powerful parties. The government now stands as a guarantee and if one is sold a property belonging to some other person whose name is not mentioned in the purchase deed, the government will compensate the buyer. Now the BJP must vote in favour of the Bill when it is put up for discussion in Parliament.

RK KAPOOR, Chandigarh 

Deficient in healthcare

With the opening of the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) centres in almost all districts of the country, ex-servicemen now have easy access to these for treatment. The scheme is highly beneficial to personnel below officer rank (PBOR) who have to meet all requirements of children and the household on a meagre pension.

Though ECHS is a cash-free treatment scheme, it has a major flaw of non-availability of specialist doctors. It has been observed that only those medical officers, who have left jobs on superannuation, are re-engaged for a few years at these centres. Moreover, there are no X-ray units, laboratories, and dental facilities there and doctors simply refer patients to military hospitals situated in big cities. Patients are made to bear ambulance, own as well as attendants’ expenses. Some ECHS doctors are not capable of making an accurate diagnosis and refer patients to civil hospitals. So, patients are unhappy with healthcare facilities being provided at these centres. The government should provide specialist doctors at every ECHS centre.


Right to transparency

The Central Information Commission (CIC),  comprising Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra and Information Commissioners ML Sharma and Annapurna Dixit, deserves a pat for bringing six national political parties, namely the Congress, BJP, CPM, CPI, NCP and the BSP, under the ambit of the Right to Information Act (RTI). It must bring some transparency in the functioning of our political parties. I also congratulate the UPA government which gifted the Act to the nation and hope that the Congress will support and pass a new bill to bring all registered political parties like DMK, AIADMK, TMC, SP, Shiv Sena, YSR Congress, JD(S) and others, which participate in elections — at national, regional or panchayat levels — under this Act. One hopes it will prove to be a starting point to clean up the political mess in the country.


Stop this shame  

This refers to the news item ‘30-yr-old American tourist gang-raped in Manali’ (June 5).

The rape of a 30-year-old American woman tourist in Manali is a matter of shame. Such incidents have become a routine affair. The alarming frequency of such crimes is a clear indication that women tourists are not safe in our country. It is high time the police arrested the accused and awarded them harsh punishment as per the new anti-rape legislation. The death penalty will be an effective deterrent for rapists.  


Uncanny observation

This refers to the letter ‘Rituparno Ghosh’s ‘bold’ cinema’ by Kajal Chatterjee (June 4). The writer has projected an uncanny observation of Ghosh’s works. The statements that questioned the mannerism of his films had been quite vague as in today’s era can a viewer really expect the female protagonist to adopt the pardah system once again? Or, was he at fault because he portrayed the utter desire of women? If victimology sustains to be the sole feature of women that can be empathised with easily, then Ghosh’s ability may never be advocated


Remove this mess

In his letter ‘Higher education in mess in Punjab’ (June 6), the writer has rightly highlighted the deterioration of teaching standards in colleges/universities in the state. I don’t agree that the main reason of this mess is lack of financial grants only. Many central universities, which have ample funds at their disposal, also suffer from poor standards of education. 

For any educational institution to excel, commitment, devotion and sincerity are the necessary ingredients.  Deterioration started after the enactment of the Punjab Affiliated Colleges Security of Service Act, 1974, and releasing of funds under the grant-in-aid scheme in 2004.

DR VK ANAND, Patiala 

Jiah’s tragic step

This is with reference to ‘Jiah decides to die’ (June 6). Jiah was the upcoming young actress who had just stepped into the film industry. As an actress, she failed to judge the tough competition in the industry. She was just 25 years old and if she wanted she could have shown a great interest in acting instead of taking the extreme step. This means she was lacking in confidence in herself.

Life is a bed of roses and thorns. Getting a chance to act in one or two films does not mean that you are sure to succeed in Bollywood. One has to put in a lot of hard work, dedication and effort for just a cameo in a highly competitive industry like Bollywood. Also, initial success does not guarantee that you will later taste a huge success as an actor or actress. New entrants to the film industry hardly get counselling at homes. Committing suicide means one has no respect for life and others.




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