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Help Indians in Qatar

The news of the death of 500 Indian workers in two years in Qatar is deeply agonising and alarming. These workers, who are the backbone of all construction works and business activities, lack basic amenities. Ruthless middlemen are sponging on their toil and earnings and have rendered their future bleak and safety brittle. There is apparently no government policy for their safety and well-being.

Qatar Human Rights Commission Chairman Almari has stated that the death toll is not very big. Surely, the Indian governemnt should immediately exert international pressure on Qatar to rid the hapless workers of the trauma and gross injustice.

O.P. Coushik, Zirakpur

Raise education quality

Whether it is the protest by EGS teachers or guest faculty of colleges, the agitations depict the sorry state of the education system. The teachers have been forced to replace pen, chalk and books with placards shouting of their bleak future.

The major reason for the pandemonium is the apathy of governing bodies to improve the quality of education. They should realise that a teacher is the only tool that can mend the deteriorating education system.


HP schools lack facilities

The Himachal Pradesh Government has been claiming to have made the state an education hub. But the ground reality is different. Some schools and colleges in rural areas are still without basic facilities like proper buildings, staff, laboratories or libraries. Nearly 56 per cent senior secondary schools do not offer the science stream.

More than 5,000 schools are without language teachers and PTIs. Environment science is a part of the syllabus in schools, but there is not a single teacher for this subject. In a number of cases, the teachers are working in urban areas, but drawing pay from rural schools. Also, the outsourcing of services is flourishing undeterred.

Surprisingly, the state government is continuing to open/upgrade a large number of schools and colleges. It has opened 229 schools and nine colleges this year. Shouldn’'t it first upgrade the facilities in the existing schools and colleges before going in for new institutions? Why is the government playing with the lives of students just to earn political brownie points?

The government should identify deserving areas for opening new schools/colleges instead of taking politically motivated decisions.

R.M.Ramaul, Paonta Sahib

Too much for too few

It is good to honour and give handsome monetary incentives to valiant warriors. (“Bonanza for defence medal recipients from Haryana”, February 20) However, a six-fold steep increase in the incentives to gallantry award winners of Haryana smacks of ulterior motives as it amounts to corrupting the honest sons of India. It is likely to generate unrest among the gallantry award winners of other states as they may stage demonstrations over the issue. Instead of doling out huge amounts to the select few, it would have been better if the entire fraternity of armed forces had been given some monetary help. While honouring outstanding heroes is good, neglecting other soldiers is bad. Our leaders should not spoil the atmosphere for their personal gains and show restraint in such sensitive matters.

BhishamPitamah, Sirsa

Ease access to clinics

Occupants of 875 illegal colonies in Karnal must be thanking the Chief Minister for regularising their colonies (“Sop spree: Haryana to regularise illegal colonies”, February 21). The CM should allow the entry of patients from the rear side of HUDA plots of doctors running clinics on the main road. The closure of gates on the main road by doctors due to fear of sealing puts the patients to inconvenience as they have to use the small lane for entry. The neighbours are also troubled. Easy access to clinics from the main road should be regularised. The government may fix a nominal fee for this permission and use the money for welfare schemes like digging borewells in low-lying areas to recharge groundwater.

Dr Maharaj Kumar Goyal, Karnal



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