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Suffering recruits

This refers to the recruitment of 461 inspectors of Grade-B in the Food and Civil Supplies Department of Punjab in January. Due to some writ petitions in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the recruitment process was sub judice, but the department went ahead with the counselling schedule in February. Then in June, the court ordered the reconduct of the examination as some mistakes were found in the merit list based on test-1 held in December, 2013.

I, along with the 461 selected and counselled candidates, have been suffering for five months for no fault of ours. We have being deprived of our well-deserved jobs due to the negligence of the department. The government officials appointed to look after the recruitment process should be punished.


HTET candidates’ woes

We are thankful to the Haryana government for its efforts to improve the educational standard of government schools by recruiting HTET qualified candidates as teachers. However, during the last recruitment process for PGTs against the advertisement dated June 7, 2012, a number of posts of important subjects like physics and mathematics remained vacant due to non-availability of suitable candidates. The HTET PGT (science) qualified candidates want the government to re-advertise the posts soon so that future of students can be secured and the deserving candidates are given their due.

Dr. R Singh and other HTET qualified candidates 

Temple sanctity

The Golden Temple is a symbol of love, peace and brotherhood. It is a sacred place from where the message of humanity and equality is spread all over the world. Thousands of pilgrims pay tributes and get spiritual solace every day. The Golden Temple witnessed distressing clashes on June 6. People had gathered at the Akal Takht to mark the 30th anniversary of Operation Bluestar. But the solemnity of the day was hijacked by the clashes which marred the sanctity of the holy shrine. Violence at any holy place is unacceptable because it brings disgrace. Strong steps must be taken to prevent such ugly incidents from happening again.


Save kids from drugs

It was shocking to read that 14-year-old schoolboys are being used to supply drugs. It is dangerous if our children become drug addicts. Children are innocent, they do not know about good and bad and they can be moulded easily in any way. Smugglers take advantage of their innocence. The government should take action take action against the big smugglers, otherwise children will lose  childhood in Punjab.


Save Punjab

The golden period of Punjab seems to be coming to an end. Industry is shifting from the state, depriving the youth of employment opportunities. Land is heading towards barrenness. The underground water level is depleting at an alarming rate of 65 cm per year for many years. The management of groundwater is a total failure. The centuries-old canal system has smashed. Till today, the Ghaggar river is untamed and unchannelled. The total expenditure to streamline and strengthened the canal system is approximately ~5,000 crore which is less than the annual subsidy of ~6500 crore on the agriculture sector. Parents are under constant shadow of fear, lest their children fall prey to drug addiction. No one is ready to take responsibility. Politicians are playing the blame game. The common man is worried. May god save Punjab from a dark future.

Mohinder, Banur

PCS exam centres

The office of the Punjab Public Service Commission Patiala has failed to expand its base and is confining its activities to Patiala as if Patiala is still a princely state and Chandigarh and other principal cities of Punjab are places of secondary interest. While conducting the PCS (Mains) Examination, candidates from all over the state have to converge on Patiala, which is not centrally located. It causes tremendous hardship to the candidates. On the other hand, the Union Public Service Commission, which is situated in Delhi, conducts the civil services and other major competitive examinations at 45 centres all over the country. The PPSC should also conduct its exams in at least at three other centres, including Bathinda, Amritsar and Chandigarh.


Gaddis & goats

The news item “Gaddis fear threat from goons, leaving profession” (June 26) was very disturbing. Sheep- and goat-rearing is one of the oldest professions of the hill areas of Himachal Pradesh, next only to agriculture. Milch cattle such as buffaloes and cows cannot be reared in these steep hills. Only goats and sheep have the ability to graze on the cliffs and crevices.  These small and nimble animals provide fine quality wool which is used in making shawls, caps and other winter wear. Goat milk is famous for its curative properties in addition to its use as milk. Gandhiji's preference to goat milk is well known. Besides, goats and sheep also provide meat and hides, which becomes an additional income to this tribe. Gaddis are the oldest tribe and the government ought to ensure their safety. If they abandon their traditional profession, they too will have to join the long queue of the jobless people, besides causing a heritage loss.

Er L R Sharma, Sundernagar

Wisdom prevails

In our country, ad hoc decisions prevail. When some road accident, incidence of terrorism and insurgency or other contingency happens, every one runs helter-skelter and comes into action. Himachal Pradesh is no exception. The condition of National Highway-21 from Swarghat to Slapper is so critical that travelling on it is fraught with danger. The Industries Minister has taken a bold step by proposing to attach conditions to the present as well as upcoming cement companies and impose maintenance charges as these companies are responsible for the bad state of roads and pollution thereof. The transport authorities should not clear vehicles that cause pollution.

Dr. KD Lakhanpal, Bilaspur 



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