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Awaiting flood relief

This is with reference to the interview of Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat published on March 16 in which he has stated that “...compenstion has been paid to all those who lost their family members.” This statement is factually wrong. A similar claim was made by former CM Vijay Bahuguna in which he had categorically stated that death certificates would be issued on July 15, 2013 to all persons who went missing in the June floods.

Two persons are missing in my family: my daughter Anandita Sharma (10 years, from Chandigarh) and my mother-in-law (65 years from Jagraon).

In the past nine months, I have been running from pillar to post to get the promised dues, but have not received any document, leave aside compensation. On the contrary, I have submitted around 20 documents to various authorities. I have been to Dehradun thrice and completed every formality, including getting the DNA done, and the Uttarakhand Police have verified the facts regarding my missing family members.

But there is no progress in my case. Many other people are suffering like me. It is the same situation as it was during the time the calamity struck. Some VIPs and locals could avail themsleves of the rescue chopper services while others perished waiting for help. This time also, almost all locals (of Uttarakhand) and some VIPs have been given compensation and death certificates while others are left to God's mercy.

Ashutosh Sharma, Chandigarh

My poll manifesto

I will change the financial year from April 1 (fools day) to March 31 (day to waste the resources in the name of target-oriented approach) to agricultural year from July 1 to June 30. This will include a concrete plan of action for 'rain-harvesting' which will solve the problem of floods and waterlogging on the one hand and droughts and declining water table on the other.

I will announce minimum support price (MSP) for potatoes and onion which are essential for the agricultural economy of India as well as food security. I will enforce the no work, no pay principle on the parliamentarians, including Opposition leaders, who are not faithful to the will of the voters who have given them the mandate to sit in Parliament to discuss and debate issues of importance rather than stage walkouts which I will ban totally.

I will ban cricket which has destroyed the love for the national game and other sports among the youth only because of the money involved in it.

I will convert the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) into a multinational company which will solve almost all problems, including poverty and unemployment.

Dr M.M. Goel, Kurukshetra

Literacy sans quality

The editorial "Universal literacy'' (March 10) with special reference to Himachal Pradesh may have gladdened the hearts of some statistics-loving Himachalis, but those who know the ground reality are not impressed. Firstly, the quality of education has gone in inverse proportion to the quantity. Lack of infrastructure in schools and colleges and inadequate teachers, especially in the science stream, are the main handicaps. Secondly, the aspirations and outlook of the educated youth have undergone a transformation. They seek employment opportunities which the successive governments have failed to generate in the state. This has resulted in 10 lakh jobless youth, an alarmingly high figure for a state with a population of 70 lakh. The industrial units in the state do not offer the promised jobs as they prefer experienced hands from outside. Some progressive educated youths are not averse to farming and starting small-scale units. But lack of marketing support comes in the way of their dreams. Literacy alone cannot usher in holistic development.

Er L R Sharma, Sundernagar

Medicos underpaid

MBBS and BDS interns of the PGIMS, Rohtak, are demanding an increase in their honorarium from Rs 7,800 to Rs 12,800 per month (“Medicos block road, over 200 taken into custody”, March 6) The daily wages paid to unskilled labourers by the state government is Rs 214 which is set to be increased to Rs 236. Even a farmer pays Rs 300 as daily wage to a casual labourer, totalling Rs 9,000 per month. Unfair indeed!

Dr Prem Singh Dahiya, Rohtak 



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