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CBI must act fearlessly

The editorial “More autonomy for CBI” is pithy and balanced. It’s positive tone should warm the cockles of the hearts of many of us who have been clamouring for an independent investigating agency for decades. The Government of India has at last seen merit in the demand. It is now for the CBI to rise to the occasion and earn the full confidence of the common man and the judiciary. It should keep the meddling politician at arm’s length and act fearlessly and lawfully. Hard work and integrity should be the watchword of every CBI officer. On its part, the judiciary should display a greater understanding of the practical difficulties of the CBI investigating officers in the field.

Let us hope the CBI, in course of time, becomes a model for many international agencies, including the hallowed FBI.

R.K. Raghavan, ex- chief, CBI, Chennai

Paddy straw as fodder

Till five years back, farmers were compelled to burn paddy straw as it was of no use to them. But even as the price of wheat straw is increasing, paddy straw has been found to be good to feed animals. Scientists of the NDRI, Karnal, have confirmed that by using a mineral mixture, paddy straw can be used in place of wheat straw. It is better to use it as fodder than generate power because its calorific value is low. Fodder can be made by cutting paddy straw and mixing it with molasses and a mineral mixture. The government should help save animals and increase milk production.

Ravinder K. Sharma, Yamunanagar

Cleanse cricket

The editorial “The corrupt ones in sport” (December 30) serves a stern warning to the autocratic, inept, corrupt, capricious and prejudicial non-professional persons who lord over the BCCI and other sports bodies in India. By hook or crook, they cling to their offices for power and pelf. In such a scenario, private interests come to the fore and credibility, accountability and probity take the backseat.

India’s sporting system needs a thorough reappraisal and reinforcement. Make cricket more interesting and rewarding. A vibrant and dynamic BCCI can resurrect and rejuvenate the sport. Dissolve the present BCCI (riddled with mismanagement, impartiality and corruption) and set up a committee of cricket veterans and professionals to run the game. In this regard, the Ministry of Sports and the Sports Authority of India must introspect and act resolutely. Institutions matter, but men do not. Cleanse the Augean stables.


Land acquisition

The news report “In Hooda land, his favourite bureaucrats don’t retire” (January 2) is very interesting. I add here that land allotted to poor displaced people from Pakistan in 1947 is being acquired by the Hooda government for reasons best known to bureaucrats and their political masters. In the last week of December, 2013, the process of the acquisition of land from small owners in Sazai Madud (Becharag Moza) was started under the old Act of 1894, instead of the new Act. This is against the spirit of natural justice as well as governance. The new acquisition Act, replacing the 120-year-old Act, was passed by both Houses of Parliament in the monsoon session. It received the Presidential assent on September 27, 2013.


Stop Pak aggression

It is rather distressing and shameful that Pakistan continues to send armed and trained militants to Jammu and Kashmir who indulge in blatant ceasefire violations and kill our jawans without being caught. There have been more than 300 ceasefire violations by terrorists across the border in 2013. Pakistan has been taking undue advantage of our weak government. How could the militants come in and around Srinagar and kill jawans and civilians and get away without being apprehended?

Our forces should shed complacency and become more aggressive in teaching Pakistan a lesson. Attacks through the International Borders should not be ruled out. It is never too late.

COL B.R. KAKKAR (RETD), Panchkula

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