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Return Sarabjitís diary

When Sarabjit Singhís belongings were returned, his personal diary was missing. Pakistan not only killed him but also kept his diary in which he used to write his daily experiences. Pakistan is being a coward. It is scared that Sarabjitís experiences will expose its misdeeds. This is a matter of concern and people should fight and get justice to the late Sarabjit Singh so that his soul rests in peace.

Manya Sarwal, Panchkula

Shame on Pak

Sarabjitís family broke down on receiving his belongings from Pakistan, but it is disturbing that his personal diary was not returned. This diary had a vivid account of his daily experience of life in a foreign jail. It is a matter of shame for Pakistan. It should have returned each and every item to his family, showing honour to him.

Aanchal Tangri, Panchkula

Taxing times

Flat owners in Haryana were expecting some relief in property tax from the Haryana Government as the limit of plot size was raised from 250 sq yards to 300 sq yards. But the government by its notification dated October 11, 2013 has given a jolt to their expectations by changing the basis of calculation of tax from square yards to square feet. This means that they will have to pay nine times more than that previously fixed in the government letters dated June 21, 2012 and January 28, 2013 wherein the tax on a flat was to be levied on a square yard basis.

Accordingly, now flat owners will have to pay more tax than the plot owners. Further, it has been stipulated that for the period prior to the date of publication of this notification, the property owners shall have the option to pay as per the new or old policy. This is confusing and needs clarification.

Achhar Mal, Panchkula

Unwanted property tax

Most of the urban people who have built houses have paid income tax annually. Savings made over the years are spent on purchasing a plot for which registry charges are paid to the government. To build a house, one has to buy bricks, cement and other material, for which sales tax, VAT etc are paid. In this manner, his savings are taxed and retaxed. Now, on the pretext of arranging development funds, the government has burdend them with property tax, which is based on arbitrary collectorate rates of plots in each city/locality. The Punjab government should withdraw this arbitrary and unwanted property tax.

Dr K.K. Sharma, Ludhiana

Work culture

The Himachal Forest Minister must be lauded for exposing the casual attitude of officers (news report of November 26). The deficiency in the Gopalpur zoo speaks of the work culture and the treatment meted out to animals in the zoo, which are totally at the mercy of the staff posted there. Now, with the fear of action lurking in their minds, forest officials have become alert.

All other departments also need to be dealt with seriously by those at the helm of affairs so that the taxpayersí money is judiciously utilised. The HP government should make it mandatory for the officials to spend some nights in the field.

Dr K D Lakhanpal, Bilaspur

Date with HP calendar

A government calendar is essential in every household. Unfortunately, the general public, especially those living in remote tribal villages, are deprived of it. Take the case of the HimachalPradesh government calendar for 2013. It was published in January-end and issued from the stateís only outlet at Chakkar, Shimla-5, in February. Deriving undue profit by the delay by the Printing Press, private profiteers, by spending just about Rs 3 per imitation copy of the calendar, have been and are selling it at Rs 15.

In comparison, the Army Postal Service calendar is generally available at all FPOs and HQ, like ARTRAC, Shimla, in the first week of December every year. Its price for 2013 was Rs 7 only as against Rs 12 for the HP calendar. In public interest, the HP Printing Press should emulate APS and make the state calendar available to the public before the New Year.

K L Noatay, Shimla



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