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Kudos to village mechanic

It was very pleasant to read about the feat of a simple uneducated mechanic Darshan Singh of Raunta village in Moga district who has developed a device to plaster ‘Kupps’ (“Wonder machine”, May 9). It proves that our villages have no dearth of talent. The need is to recognise and promote them.

I hope the authorities concerned act in this direction so that our resources are conserved and rural economy is benefited. It would have been more pleasing had this piece got space on the front page. Political and other negative news can be placed in inner pages.

Ravinder Mittal, Ludhiana

Jobless soldiers

I agree with the views of Col IPS Kohli (retd) in “Curriculum vitae of soldier” (April 30). Like Col Kohli, I also forwarded my curriculum vitae to many companies, even in the Army, but to no avail. I served the Army for more than 32 years and retired as Sub Maj and Hony Capt in October 2008 at the age of 51. Since then, I am without work.

Like me, many soldiers are without jobs. This is a crucial time for them when their children are not yet settled and a house has not been built. The government must look into the problem of such ex-servicemen.

Hony Capt KL Saini (Retd), Panchkula

HC, act on CM’s wealth

Some years ago, The Tribune published a letter written by a young girl who had topped a university exam. She had mentioned that she had asked a bank for a loan of Rs 1 lakh to pay ‘rishwat’ to the then Punjab Chief Minister P S Badal. The naked truth was published after verifying the facts from the bank where the loan was applied. That letter shook the conscience of the people. Subsequently, the SAD-BJP was washed out by the Congress in 2002. Capt Amarinder Singh emerged as the new hero of Punjab. It is another sad story that he too did absolutely nothing for the welfare of the people during his tenure.

The recent disclosures on the businesses of the Badals, Bikram Majithia and Adesh Partap Kairon are an eye-opener. How they have amassed this huge empire is shocking and shameful. It is rightly said that ‘har shak pai ulu baitha hai, anjame gulistan kya hoga.’

The Punjab and Haryana High Court should order a CBI inquiry into the investigative reports to ascertain the truth.

Dr Naresh Raj, Patiala

Stay fearless

The Tribune is probably this oldest and most credible daily in Punjab. I hope that it will not be cowed down by the attack on its correspondent’s house following the publication of reports detailing assets of the Badal family. It should not deviate from its path of ethics and morality and continue to act fearlessly and expose the misdeeds of individuals and parties.

Prof YZ Chopra, Bathinda

Making hay

With reference to “Making hay” (May 7), making hay is a profitable proposition for a farmer because this traditional fodder fetches a high price. A cash-strapped farmer needs to make money from his produce. Why should he burn wheat straw when making hay is proving profitable for him?

The burning of paddy straw is more rampant and serious environmental hazards are attributed to it. In the hilly areas of J&K and Himachal Pradesh, the nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwals (gaddis) use paddy straw (parali) extensively as fodder for their animals. This dry fodder is the lifeline for their livestock. Punjab and Haryana produce enough paddy and can market it in the areas that require it. Paddy straw has industrial use in producing paper, board etc. Why don’t our governments use this glut of straw for productive purposes? It will save environment and put a smile on the farmers' face.

Karnail Singh, Kharar

Improve governance

Charan Singh, in his write-up “Deteriorating growth in Punjab” (May 3) has scanned the woeful Punjab agriculture scenario and suggested measures for improvement. But those in power are busy minting pelf by nefarious means. Scant regard is given to research and development in agriculture, schools, colleges, hospitals and infrastructure necessary for progress and prosperity. Government employees and pensioners are groaning over non-payment of salary and pension, and construction activity has virtually come to a halt. Only better governance can bring the change needed to put the economy back on rail.

Gurmit Singh Saini, via email

Mind your language

Politician are using vulgar language for each other. They should fight terrorism, corruption and social problems inflicting India. One should not attack the personal life of anybody and maintain a decorum. They should behave judiciously and follow a selfstyled mode of conduct. They should not let down the electorate.

Dhiraj, Rewari

Stop mudslinging

2014 elections are marked by the emergence of a new brand of leaders showing their mental insolvency. All have been using abusive and filthy language to tarnish the image of opponents. They have scant regards for decent public behaviour. No leader, including the PMs-in-waiting, has spoken of controlling prices of essential commodities, reforms in income tax or other important issues.

Much good work has been done to improve the lot of the people in the past and more is required for their welfare. This can be achieved only if the leaders of all political parties stop mudslinging. An improvement in the mental make-up aimed at serving the country as servants and not as masters is needed.

SC Sharma, Solan

Drive safe

The laws making helmets for two-wheeler riders and seat belts for car passengers mandatory are welcome. These safety devices prevent injuries caused by accidents, but they do not prevent accidents. Accidents are caused by faulty driving habits (at which we beat the best in the world) and bad driving conditions (where again we are unrivalled). Proper driving and traffic conditions are needed all over in our country.

Dr S K Vasishta, Hisar

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