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Grain of truth

The contents of the write-up, “More grain than bowl can hold” by Sarbjit Dhaliwal and Ruchika M Khanna (Sunday Tribune, May 11) illustratively describe, inter-alia, the post-harvest food grain management in Punjab from the preservation point of view. The said damage for three-four years is minimal, if seen in the larger perspective of the mammoth task of procurement, storage, warehousing and containerisation. The PSWC has been held in a bad light. The entire covered capacity of the PSWC remains utilised by rice storage while wheat stocks are held under CAP. Being a specialised preservation agency, the PSWC carries on timely disinfestation treatments in covered and open conditions. Its supervisory staff ensures fool-proof upkeep. It is only due to prolonged storage period at low-level ‘kutcha’ surface or flood-prone areas that the stocks suffer deterioration, which is inevitable and beyond human control. While the FCI gives preference to its own stocks for speedy dispatches, the open wheat stocks of state agencies rot. The FCI should ensure that damage-prone stocks are moved out at once irrespective of the agency. There should be no discrimination.

Gurmit Singh Saini, email

Election drama

Apropos the piece “Desh vs pardesh: Why the Modi narrative works” by Raj Chenagappa (Ground Zero; Sunday Tribune, May 11), these road shows showed the hard realities. A lesson that can definitely be drawn is that elections in a democracy are a routine matter and a wise leadership saves time, energy and resources for creating an environment that is globally competitive and locally meaningful to ameliorate conditions for creating a better society. Varanasi, once the spiritual capital of India, is turned into a political capital of India before the elections, showing the march of ‘time’. May the 16th Lok Sabha make the political power flowing from Varanasi have the same impact as the Ganga.

Jagvinder Singh Brar, Patiala

Point to ponder

Apropos the article “In UK, Asian education is the beacon” (Sunday Tribune, May 11), I agree to disagree with educationist Sir Michal Barbar that withholding the compliments for intelligence (not cleverness) of children might improve the performance. As a teacher, I have experimented with many girls, including my daughter who scored 60 per cent in house tests but got more in the final examination with appreciation and motivation for doing better. Children have to be made responsible for their studies without parents poking their nose in their daily routine. At the same time, I am happy that the British media rates Asian children, including Indians, better than their white counterparts. Truly, we perform better outside India because of the complete faith in life as a struggle which requires total commitment as a common denominator.

Dr MM Goel, Kurukshetra


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