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Raise EPF pension

The report relating to the EPF pension by Kulbir Singh is praiseworthy. Though the EPFO is the richest department, the private work force and non-government pensioners are getting very little pension. There is need to enhance it and to take up the issue on a war footing. Even inflation-based allowances are not being paid to the retirees/senior citizen pensioners of the EPF. This category of retired employees should be immediately allowed enhanced pension, for which legislation, if need be, from Parliament, should be approved.

AP Sreenivasan, Chandigarh

End pensioners’ woes

I endorse Parmodh Malhotra's (December 9) plea advocating a hike in the meagre pension paid by the Employees Provident Fund Organisation under the Union Labour Ministry. Since this pension remains constant during the lifetime of a pensioner, its value erodes with the ever-increasing inflation. The least the government should do is to give dearness allowance on the meagre pension amount to alleviate a bit the hardships of the aging pensioners.

Lalit Bharadwaj, Panchkula

Civil defence training

All boys and girls in the age 16-21 group must take compulsory military/civil defence/fire-fighting and first-aid training for one month to three months and learn the best use of arms, and living in tents. Women should also be ready to face situations of bravery if necessary. I am 81 years old and I took National Volunteer Corps training when I was 16 and Civil Defence Training when I was 31.

Shikhar Chand Jain, Gurgaon

AAP augurs well

The birth of the Aam Aadmi Party augurs well for millions of people who find themselves in a hopeless situation, with the government infested with corruption, grafts, abnormal rise in prices, increase in crime against women and weak economy. Delhi voters have demonstrated that elections can be fought and won without black money, muscle power or dividing people.

Arvind Kejriwal defeated Chief Minister Sheila Dixit by more than 25,000 votes. The remarkable performance by the AAP in the Delhi Assembly elections indicates voters’ willingness to think beyond religion and caste. The AAP has worked as a vote-decider rather than divider. Arvind Kejriwal understool more than the others that dramatic moments work better than studio debates. The AAP now has to work hard and tread cautionsly to live up to the expectations of the people.

Dr H.Kumar Kaul, Barnala

Cong must introspect

The editorialVerdict against Congress (December 9) highlights the cause leading to the debacle of the Congress party in the recent elections in four states. It concluded with the observation: “They still have time to introspect.”

A corruption-free rule, good governance, people-friendly policies, responsive administration and vibrant and dynamic bureaucracy still rule the roost. “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” said Abraham Lincoln. Respect opposition. Do not be afraid of it. There should be no room for complacency and cynicism. The party should introspect, apply correctives and bounce back with greater verve, vigour and vitality.

Jarnail Singh Brar, Bathinda

Ban photo-publicity

This refers to the editorial Red beacon for VIPs? (December 12). In most of the states, even street-level politicians not only use beacons on cars, but also run them without number plates or with fancy plates. The Chief Justice of India should ensure fast decisions on other important matters involving malpractices. It should completely ban photo-publicity of political rulers and other living personalities in advertisements and materials at public expense, both in the Centre and states. An unhealthy race has developed amongst leaders of different states to give multi-page advertisements in newspapers and advertisement films on TV channels. Recently, the Delhi Lokayukt had sent a hard-hitting report on the photos of the Chief Minister and another minister of Delhi on application forms.




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