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Stop the cacophony of music, movies in buses

Entertainment is a matter of personal choice. But when it is thrust upon you, it becomes a nuisance, a punishment. Travelling in public buses is such a headache, thanks to the loud music and movies being played. Students and professionals tired after the dayís work just want to have a nap, or there are people who would rather read or listen to music through their headphones to while away the journey time. But no! One is forced to watch a movie or listen to songs at high volumes that bring on the headache.

These are public vehicles. How can the authorities be presumptuous as to know what the majority wants? This practice in public buses should be banned. Not only does it distract the driver, but itís also a menace for a majority of the passengers. If mini-television sets can be installed on every seat in the buses, it's well and good. But since that seems infeasible and over the top, it would be best if this practice of playing music and movies is negated.

Gurleen Kaur, Chandigarh

Opinion polls right to info

The front-page news-item, "Only BJP in favour of opinion polls" (November 16) is indicative of the fact that the political parties are gripped in their own survival calculations and have hardly any concern for the nation or the nationals. How can the political parties decide on the right to information of a citizen? We need to recognise only the government in this respect. The citizens need be trusted for their wisdom in analysing the national scenario as well as the games being played by opportunists amongst politicians. Why be afraid of distortions in political surveys and opinion polls when any misinformation can be contested? Let the public not be robbed of its right to information and be trusted to be better judge.

MPS Chadha, Mohali

MPS Chadha, Mohali

Judge the ex-judge

Front page news "Lawyer alleges sexual assault by ex-judge; SC orders probe" (November 13) saying that "other incidents had taken place in judges' chambers" is very shocking.

On November 23, 1998, my letter was published in The Tribune with a title "Mr vs Judge". The relevant part is reproduced as follows: "A judge is a judge when he is engaged in the discharge of duties in his courtroom or chamber, and he becomes "Mr" while conducting his affairs at a public meeting in a public place."

Every public institution of the country is required to establish a sexual harassment cell as per the directions of the Supreme Court. The SC itself should establish this cell to deal with such cases/crimes.


Enable disabled with jobs

This refers to the editorial "Enabling the disabled: Employment holds the key" (October 12). Being a disabled person, I appreciate the concern of the Supreme Court regarding the identification of the number of posts reserved for the disabled. The court has directed the Centre and the state governments to complete the process within three months and clear the back-log of vacancies reserved for the disabled at the rate of 3% as per the People with Disability Act, 1995.

To ameliorate the economic condition of over 7 million educated disabled in the country, the union government made a scheme in April, 2008, to encourage the private sector to employ disabled people and also assured the creation of one lakh jobs per year.

For this, Rs 1800 crore was proposed in the 11th Plan period. In addition, the CCEA approved Rs 16 crore for the publicity of the scheme for four years. However, the reply to my RTI query to the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India reveals astonishing figures of employment of disabled in the private sector since April, 2008. As against 402 total number of employees in various states recruited in more than six years, since April, 2008, there are only 38 disabled employees.

Though the disabled people shout themselves hoarse about various issues, I have yet to come across any party or politician taking up their cause. There seems to be a negative attitude among the authorities towards the sufferings of the disabled persons.

B K Jethi, Khanna



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