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Start two-shift schools

The Right to Education (RTE) cannot be effective without creating the neccessary infrastructure. New school buildings and furniture need a lot of funds. We should start double shifts in all schools and colleges to save this expenditure. The evening shift can be leased to private organisations on the PPP model and they can be entrusted to maintain school buildings, furniture and watch and ward duties. With this, a reduction in tuition fees is also possible.

J.B.SINGH, via email

Drugs: Let CBI probe

In the editorial “Tricks of drug trade”, you have rightly favoured a CBI investigation in the infamous Bhola drug case. This is required more because the drug-infested Punjab state shares a long and porous boundary with Pakistan and, thus, it has international implications. What surprises and raises doubts is the haste with which the Punjab government is issuing clean chits to those whom Bhola is naming. Where is the government’s cliched stance of ‘let the law take its course’ in this case, particularly when it tries to imply that it has nothing to hide?

Balvinder, Chandigarh

Hope for new India

The news of Ashutosh, a vigilant journalist joining the Aam Admi Party is the icing on the cake. If the AAP keeps getting such powerful ammunition for its anti-corruption crusade, we can hope and wait for the birth of a new India.

Rajwinder Kaur, Ludhiana

Common man gets voice

Whether the Aam Admi Party (AAP) is able to pose a formidable challenge before the two largest national parties -- the BJP and Congress -- will be seen in the coming parliamentary election. But AAP has certainly risen the hope of the common man to provide the nation an alternative and not the substitute.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”Democracy means the voice of the common man. If you are able to make him feel a part and parcel of the decision-making body, democracy is successful and the common man is happy. AAP has presented a new face of the political phenomenon where there is no place for caste, religion, region or legacy. We must wish for its success.


AAP is third front

People of India are joining AAP as members not because that they shall bring changes in this country, but they want a change. They are not satisfied with the performance of the two main national-level political parties because of their performance in the past. These parties are not forwarding any sets of policies and principles which they could adopt for giving people proper education, training, employment and income with which they could run their families in a proper way. Most of the people are still living in unsuitable accommodation and wearing rags.

The people have some hopes in AAP because this party has emerged from the common people and knows their woes.

Dalip Singh Wasan, Patiala

Babus lack conscience

The common man is suffering as the level of morality and sense of general goodness has declined. A man has become more of a satellite, orbiting around the dead planet of a non-responding administration. The vehicle of internal administration, from a patwari to the chief secretary, has to function appropriately, for development. Tehsildar, a low level bureaucrat behaves like a god in rural areas. One has to put every single penny earned at stake to get an issue resolved. Bureaucrats have become immune to the emotions and grievances of the poor.

They forget the purpose of their enrollment in this service. Redtapism has resulted in enormous delays. Whether it is the misuse of the official machinery or misappropriation of money or land, the bureaucracy has shown that it has lost its conscience.

Vedhant Ranta, via email



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