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Cash promised to sangat not delivered

Some two years ago Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal held a series of sangat darshan programmes in every ward of Patiala and spent almost a month or so in this town. He announced grants worth crores or rupees for the development of the district. But people have not received even a single rupee till now.

When councillors of Patiala make a demand for the grants, the Punjab government asks the Municipal Corporation to sell its land. Accordingly, a prime piece of land near Anardana Chowk was sold for Rs 40 crore to PUDA and another near Sanouri Adda for Rs 40 crore to the Improvement Trust.

On being cheated by the Badal government, the local people defeated the Akali candidate with a big margin in the 2012 Assembly elections.

Nowadays, Sangat Darshan programmes are held only to fool the public as the elections are round the corner. Moreover, the government has no money to pay dues to its employees. Even the DA instalment has not been released so far due to the government's poor fiscal condition.


Concludes, not ends

This refers to the news item 'Amarnath Yatra ends' (August 22). The use of the word "ends" created a very wrong or awkward impression, especially among intellectual Hindus. Its literal meaning denotes that anything which has ended can never come again. In a way, it hurts the religious sentiments of Hindus. It would have been better had you used it this way “Amarnath Yatra concludes peacefully”.

RAJ KUMAR, Amritsar

Act tough

It was heartening to read the news that the IAF landed a plane, Super Hercules, near the LAC. It was a timely indication to China to check its entry into our territory and avoid taking us as a weak country. China should now prevent its troops from making infiltrations on the LAC. Moreover, if we want peace we have to be more powerful militarily and economically and repulse any attack by the enemy and be prepared for war.


Good motoring

I am a regular reader of the column “Good Motoring” by H Kishie Singh. The column makes one aware of various pitfalls of driving on Indian roads. The article on August 18 highlighted several dangers of driving on a flooded road. However, it also suggested a few solutions to this problem. We hope he also elaborates on some measures to avoid losses to vehicles, motorists and other road users in the rainy season.


HUDA’s cruel staff

This refers to the news item 'Thrashed, vendor jumps before train' (Chandigarh Tribune, August 18). It is shameful that HUDA’s staff harassed a vendor selling his things so much that he committed suicide by jumping before a running train. If the government cannot give jobs to the unemployed, it has no right to destroy their business. These petty self-employed vendors need liberal and sympathetic treatment. HUDA should fix a number of places for such vendors in all the sectors so that rehri-wallahs could also earn their livelihood. Moreover, the family of the vendor must be compensated by HUDA and the officials responsible punished.


Wrong, Mr Hooda!

I do not agree with Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's recent statement that the khap panchayats work like NGOs. There is a basic difference between the working of the two. NGOs have their byelaws, working rules and procedures and are duly registered bodies. Their membership, aims and objectives and functioning are according to the rules and procedure laid down in their byelaws and their accounts are transparent and audited by chartered accountants. But the khaps do not follow any such rules and their functioning and aims are far different from NGOs. So, equating the khaps with NGOs will not be proper.


Tracks need fencing

The railway authorities are to blame for the Bihar train tragedy. It has nothing to do with the state government. The railway lines at the stations should have fencing which will prevent passengers from crossing over the tracks.


Illogical viewpoint on Rasool

The letter 'Why Rasool was not allowed to play?' (August 13) by Rajindar Sachar was not only illogical, but also had dangerous overtones. Parvez Rasool has been selected in the Indian cricket team not because he is a Muslim or a Kashmiri. He has been picked up, in all fairness, because of his achievements and performance.

If Rasool was not played in that match, it does not mean that it is the end of the road for him. But people like Rajindar Sachar, to re-establish their own 'secularist' credentials, are sowing the seeds of doubt not only in the mind of Rasool, but also in Muslims, especially Kashmiri Muslims.

A K SHARMA, Chandigarh



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