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We must try alternative front

At present, every right thinking person is worried about the future of the country, which is facing problems like inflation, rising unemployment, poor GDP growth, falling value of the rupee, rampant corruption, etc. Owing to all these problems people are frustrated with the functioning of the Congress. It seems that the party is navigating the ship of the country towards a disaster. All this is happening because of the Congress as well as Manmohan Singh’s liberalisation policy, which was introduced to bring the much-needed economic reforms way back in 1991. This policy also remained on the agenda of NDA (I & II) during its nine-year rule.  Consequently, the rich are becoming richer and the poor poorer. Still, the Congress government is bent on introducing such schemes or reforms as will give more benefits to the rich and politicians.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contemplating the formation of a Federal Front consisting of various parties other than the Congress and the BJP. One knows it is a political ploy, especially when the people of West Bengal are smarting from a financial loss caused by the Saradha Group chit fund scheme and facing a law and order problem.

Moreover, the Maoist menace is spreading like wildfire. The Telangana issue is another threat to law and order. Under the current circumstances, there is certainly a need for alternative “Front” having impeccable politicians, bureaucrats, professionals, retired defence personnel who should introduce pro-people policies, which can give relief to masses. The media has a pro-active role in its formation and functioning.

SK KHOSLA, Chandigarh

Toll tax exemption

During the Punjab Assembly elections last year, the SAD-BJP combine had declared in their election manifesto that all ex-servicemen would be exempted from the toll tax burden at all toll plazas in the state. The same was also reiterated by Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal in many election rallies. In its recent meeting, the Punjab Cabinet has decided to reduce the toll tax from June 15, but ex-servicemen have not been given any tax exemption. Has the SAD-BJP combine forgotten its promise to ex-servicemen?


Muddy water

Residents of Sector 6 of Panchkula are getting a muddy water supply for the past few days. Those residents who have not installed any water purifiers are left with no option but to consume muddy water. This water can endanger the health of residents. If the government cannot provide safe drinking water, it should provide water-purifying systems free of cost to residents. One is forced to remind the authorities concerned that some of water-borne diseases can be fatal.


One rank, one pension

I agree with the views expressed in these columns (June 10) by Subedar Major KC Sharma (retd) that the scheme for ex-servicemen has yet to become a reality. Many ex-servicemen are in the twilight of their lives. Many are bed-ridden and facing multiple health problems. A speedy implementation of the scheme is the need of the hour.


Punjab’s cash crunch

The news that the salaries of employees being withheld by the Punjab Government as it lacked funds is disconcerting. This situation has arisen because of the mismanagement and misuse of funds. Moreover, most of the state’s political parties have always placed vested interests over those of the common man. For example, the SAD wasted taxpayers’ money by holding Chintan Shivir at Goa. Moreover, other populist measures like free power are a huge drain on the state’s scarce resources. The SAD-BJP government must review its policy of providing free power to farmers and take necessary measures to bring the state economy back on track.


Messiah of the poor

Satyapal Dang, unlike present-day political leaders, was a messiah of the helpless and weak.  He made this impression on my mind in the year 1966 when I, as a student, met him at Hoshiarpur to seek his support to our just demands. He supported us very well, though we were not his voters nor belonged to his Assembly constituency. His role in eliminating terrorism from Punjab can never be forgotten. The void left by his death can never be filled.


CBSE cash awards

Recently, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Delhi, has introduced the CBSE Reward Scheme for its Class XII ( 2013) meritorious students who also passed Classes IX and X from government schools affiliated to the board. Under the scheme, 50 top meritorious students in each of the four streams are eligible for a cash award of Rs 1 lakh.

As per the conditions laid down by the CBSE, it is mandatory for students that they have studied in government schools from Classes IX to XII. This condition renders many meritorious students (Class XII), who have passed Class XII from CBSE-affiliated government schools, ineligible because they have passed their Classes IX and X from CBSE-affiliated private schools. The CBSE should also consider those meritorious students who have passed their Classes XI and XII from CBSE-affiliated government schools, but Classes IX and X from CBSE-affiliated private schools.




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