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SC verdict on dance bar girls

This refers to the editorial 'Ban on dance bars' (July 18). I think so far as girls are not forced to dance and are adequately paid, there is nothing wrong in earning their livelihood at dance bars. Strangely, our film industry treats it as a matter of pride when top actresses dance on the stage with an exposed midriff in the presence of several dignitaries. That is not considered bad and immoral.

However, I do not agree with the proposition that the ban forced dance bar girls to take to flesh trade as no law can allow a hungry person to commit a theft to satiate her hunger.

India is a country where one-third of the population is not able to manage even one square meal. My conviction is that if a poor child does some work and earns his livelihood, what is bad in it? So far as children are not forced to work against their wishes, or if they are paid adequately or they are working within the prescribed schedule, there is nothing wrong in earning a livelihood, particularly considering the fact that the government has not done anything for them.

A K BANSAL, Chandigarh

Modi misunderstood

This refers to the news item '2002 riots: Modi says did no wrong' (July 13). In an interview with Reuters, Modi described himself as a Hindu nationalist, which triggered a storm in political circles as if Modi has stated something very wrong, incompatible or unpardonable. Moreover, he has always been in a storm due to his statements, misconstrued by the rival parties. Recently, he was criticised by the Congress for his "puppy" remarks. By no stretch of imagination can it be interpreted that Modi has referred to Muslims by making the "puppy" remarks when he, to a questioner, said that even if a puppy comes under the wheel of a car, it pains him.


Cash transfers

Is the direct cash transfer scheme a good move on the part of the UPA government? Will it really empower the poor by giving them money? The fact is that the way inflation is shooting up, it will be foolish to expect that it will ameliorate their lot. If the government wants to empower the poor, it should provide them a source of livelihood. By merely distributing cash among them, the government cannot escape its responsibility to provide quality education, health care and other facilities to the poor.

SUMEET SETH, Chandigarh

e-Sampark vs e-Disha

One observes a big difference in the functioning of an e-Sampark centre of the Chandigarh Administration and an e-Disha centre of the Panchkula Administration. At the former centre, there is a check list for every application, a neat and healthy environment, courteous staff and the stamp papers are sold at the same price, while one witnesses a rush all the time, no check list, and the stamp vendors charge 20 per cent more on the papers and even on revenue stamps at e-Disha centres. One hopes the Panchkula Administration will do something in this regard.


Invincible Dhoni

After winning the 2013 ICC Champion Trophy at Edgbaston in Birmingham and the Celkon Triangular Trophy in West Indies, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become a living legend. He has been leading the Indian cricket team since 2007.

Under Dhoni's captaincy, we won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 Trophy and the 2011 ICC World Cup. If the Indian team has been able to reach the number one position in the ICC One Day International ranking, the credit goes to none other than Dhoni.


Property tax arrears

Through an amendment made in 2012 to the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994, the Haryana government re-introduced property tax on residential, commercial, institutional and industrial properties, including government properties, effective from April 1, 2010. However, the new property tax policy was approved and notified on January 28 this year. Now after the conclusion of the municipal elections to seven corporations in Haryana, the authorities have issued notices to property tax payers directing them to cough up tax payment for three to four years at exorbitant rates. The taxpayers are up in arms against the state authorities for multifarious and valid reasons.

According to the new taxation policy, those owning constructed houses of up to 250 sq yds are required to pay tax @ Rs 1 per square yard, i.e. Rs 250 per year. But those who own houses on the 350 sq yds plot area would have to pay Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 or more per year. The regressive and invidious character of the tax policy is self-evident when the area differential of 40 per cent between two plot sizes (250 and 350 sq yds) and tax differential of 1,100 to 1,500 per cent between them is taken into account.

The Haryana government has set up a property tax review committee and it is hoped that the committee will do justice through rationalisation of property tax in consonance with the fundamental canons of taxation.




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