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Discourage drinking

Not only Punjab, but Himachal Pradesh is also notorious for its residents’ dependence on alcohol. The state government should not slash taxes on liquor. It should not give permits to open more liquor shops in villages and cities. The government should discourage drinking through measures such as increasing dry days and closing the sale on religious holidays and reducing vending hours. Save the youth, save the country.

KC Sharma, Gaggal, Kangra

Poll scene fuzzy

As the Lok Sabha elections 2014 are nearing, the political scene is somewhat fuzzy. But one thing is certain: neither the Congress nor the BJP would emerge strong enough to rule on its own.

The regional ‘satraps’ are also bracing up. They have their own agenda and self-aggrandisement to serve. National unity or interest is not in their scheme of things. Both the BJP and Congress must equally share the blame for the present state of affairs. Because, mostly, one has led the ruling coalition and other the Opposition. Both have practised nepotism in one form or the other. They let the masses suffer at the hands of corruption, inflation and unemployment. They sacrificed national interest, at times, for parochial gains. The common man is now confused and reckless when it comes to choosing a suitable person to represent him. The result is the emergence of heterogeneous amalgamates like the Maoists or outfits like AAP. The enlightened countrymen should stem the growing rot.

Tek Chand, Abada Barana (Una)

Cong schemes fall short

According to various survey reports, the position of the Congress in the coming elections to the Lok Sabha is not very comfortable. The party is proud of two schemes that it launched. One is MNREGA and the other the Food Security Act. Both the schemes have done more harm than good. The economy is in a shambles and the coffers are empty. Had the huge money spent on these schemes been utilised elsewhere, India’s position would have been better than it is today. MNREGA has broken the backbone of our economy and there is acute shortage of farm labour. Agricultural land is turning barren. The Food Security Act has made man dependent and idle. What is the need for him to work in the fields when he is getting cheap foodgrains? The need of the hour is to inspire men and women to put in hard labour in their fields and grow food for themselves. The overall situation is not a happy one.

Santosh Jamwal, Hamirpur

Cost of bank SMSes

Allahabad Bank has come up with a unique way of generating revenue. Now, the bank will charge ~60 a year for SMSes. The message that acts as a confirmation to the customer won’t be available free of cost. The amount is petty. But the bank sends half a dozen messages are sent for promotional offers and the customer will have to pay for them. Banks deduct ~100 as service charge on ATM cards, while the security of ATM cabins is well known. Many banks have vending machines inside the branches which are not available for use after 5 pm. It won’t be surprising if other banks followed this trend.

Deepjot S Thukral, Ambala Cantt

Open serai 24x7

I went to Sujanpur in Hamirpur district in November and December last year and reached there around 10 pm. Both times, I went to the serai inaugurated by former minister Gurdev Chand to spend the night, but both the times, to my utter surprise, I found it closed from inside and the booking official absent. Then, while searching for another shelter at 10 pm in the biting December cold, I met a taxi driver. The instant he realised my problem, he took me to his home behind Murli Manohar Temple where I slept soundly and dined well. May his tribe increase.

Consequent to being made a tehsil headquarters, the importance of Sujanpur has increased administratively, educationally and commercially. It is no more a silent, sleepy, neglected and ignored town. A large number of people belonging to low and middle income classes frequent the town daily. The only hotel there with the night stay facility is beyond their reach.

The authorities should ensure round-the-clock opening of the inn.

Mehnga Ram, Patiala

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