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Canvassing sans decorum

Electioneering in our country has unmasked the ugly face of our polity. People are watching with dismay the leaders from both ruling and opposition ranks as election campaigns have become bitter battles of words, character assassination, allegations, counter-allegations and mudslinging. Decency and decorum seem to have been thrown into the dustbin. Gone are the days when election campaigns of the ruling party meant showcasing the success of its programmes, mass contact with voters to find out their grievances and then making honest promises. Similarly, the campaigns of the opposition parties meant exploring failures of the ruling party and assuring voters of better governance. Voters’ problem and mass contact are nobody’s priority these days. The main aim is to win the election by hook or by crook and to malign the opponent.

LR SHARMA, Haripur, Sundarnagar

Expedite pensioners’ case

The recent decision of the Supreme Court in the case of retired government employees will be effective from January 1, 2006. Accordingly, they will get arrears.

The LIC introduced the pension scheme w.e.f. November 1, 1993 with the employees who had retired January 1, 1986 onwards getting DA neutralisation of 75 per cent. The employees who had retired after January 1,1997 were given 100 per cent DA neutralisation. This has resulted in a big anomaly. For example, the zonal manager, eight steps above the assistant who retired after January 1, 1986 and before August 1, 1997 is getting less pension than an assistant who retires today. The retirees filed writ petitions in the Rajasthan High Court, Punjab and Haryana High Court and Delhi High Court. These high courts delivered judgements in favour of the retirees for DA and updation of pension.

The LIC filed an SLP against the orders. The Supreme Court dismissed the SLP filed against the Jaipur High Court and Punjab and Haryana High Court, but simultaneously advised the LIC to file fresh SLP, subject to the condition that these are within the time. The LIC filed a fresh SLP with request to condone the time.

Now, the Supreme Court has taken these SLPs as ordinary appeals and they may take more than five years to come up for hearing. By that time, about 50 per cent petitioners may not be alive as they would have crossed 75 years of age. Some of them have already passed away.

Therefore, the Supreme Court should take up the appeal on priority because the retirees are suffering from various aliments and with the little pension amount recieved being spent on treatment, the retirees are leading miserable lives. Justice delayed is justice denied.

RAM LAL GOEL, Ambala City

Dairy women suffering

The report titled “Women empowerment: Haryana shows the way” is totally wrong. In Haryana, the dairy sector has totally failed to provide earnings to the farmers to even meet the daily need of dal-roti. As mauch as 90 per cent of the dairy women are supplying milk to drum vendors due to a lower price given by the cooperatives. The cooperative system of milk purchasing has failed in the state. The Dairy Udyog is dying due to high input cost, adulteration in milk and non- cooperative government.

Ravinder K. Sharma, Yamunanagar

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‘Kapil da jawab nahi’

Comedy is a brain rejuvenator and an appetizer, too. These days, the programme which has caught the fancy of the viewers is “Comedy Nights With Kapil”. The fact that it has surpassed many other popular programmes in TRP ratings, speaks volume of its popularity.

The credit of its success goes to the team and especially to Kapil Sharma who is phenomenal in the show. His sense of humour, timing, spontaneity, improvisations and punches are simply breathtaking and mindblowing. With the finesse of a master craftsman, he has immortalised almost all of his characters. Gutthi, Dadi, Bua and Palak have become household names. Kapil has forced the saas-bahu serial crazy housewives to shift to a comedy programme.




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