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Punjab ‘progressive’?

The editorial “Punjab government tests youth’s patience” (December 17) raises two pertinent questions. Firstly, for 461 posts of food inspector, as many as 1.86 lakh applications are received. Does not this give a jerk to the government reagarding the alarming rate of unemployment in ‘progressive Punjab’? Now, one can understand the reason of drug trade and drug addiction in the state. Secondly, holding a test for 1.86 lakh candidates in one go and at one station without proper planning, indicates the height of thoughtlessness. The feat is fit for the Guinness Book of Records.

Dr. V K Anand, Patiala

Pension certificate time

The pensioners have to render a life certificate to the pension disbursing authorities every November for continuation of their monthly pension. Failure to do so results in the stoppage of payment. I defaulted last year and underwent tremendous hardship. It being electioneering time in Himachal Pradesh then, many other defaulting pensioners were inconvenienced like me. We had to plead to the SBI authorities to release the pension soon.

After getting my payment restarted in January last year, I had suggested to the State Bank of India authorities to introduce an SMS warning service to their pensioners, cautioning them to render the ‘life certificate’ in time. The suggestion, though an urgent matter of public interest, has not been implemented. I suggest that SMS warning/service calling for life certificate may be introduced by all pension disbursing authorities to avoid inconvenience to pensioners.

K.L. Noatay, Shimla

Intriguing silence

Apropos the news item “BKU chief hits out at UPA government” (November 29, Ludhiana Tribune), the BKU chief is right in saying that the Congress government in Delhi has not delivered justice to the 1984 riot victims even after 30 years. However, one fails to understand why he is silent about the plight of Punjabi farmers settled in Gujarat. They are being pushed to the wall by the state government headed by the BJP. Even the Punjab government headed by the SAD in collaboration with the BJP has not voiced any concern in this regard. As Chairman of the Punjab Mandi Board, the BKU chief has a moral obligation to address the concerns of Punjab farmers. This kharif season, rice was badly damaged in the mandis due to untimely rains, in the absence of proper sheds/shelters, causing an enormous loss to the poor and helpless farmers.

Dr B. S. Thind, Ludhiana

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Train teachers

This is apropos the news item (December 2) that the Education Minister of Haryana feels concerned over the poor general knowledge of teachers working in government schools. It raises many questions pertaining to the pre-service training, recruitment and in-service training programme of the teachers. The survey that is talked about in the report has not been made public. It is a matter of concern that teachers are found deficient in preliminary general knowledge. A simple conference organised by the SCERT is not sufficient. There should be a regular flow of knowledge for the teachers. It may be a rewarding exercise if the ‘Shikshalok’, a departmental monthly publication, included some quiz section for teachers. Some projects for teachers, like seminar or essay writing on suitable topics, could be arranged in a spirit of competition. It would encourage the teachers to gain some knowledge in the areas that are beneficial to them and the students.

Dr S.KUMAR, Panchkula

Bathinda airport

It is reported that the Bathinda domestic airport which has been ready for the past six months is awaiting its inauguration. A big amount of money has been spent, but the site is lying idle. This is sheer wastage of public resources. It is in the air that the delay is due to a tussle over who will take credit for this airport — the Centre or the state? Air connectivity is needed in Bathinda as it has a refinery, military base, three thermal plants and an NFL unit. Also, being near Pakistan, it is politically sensitive. The aiport must start soon in public interest.

DEEPAK SARAF, Rampura Phul



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