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Bad loans

Bank unions have alleged that bank loans worth thousands of crores are stuck in legal suits against 400 companies. Besides, bad loans worth thousands of crores are written off by banks every year on the pretext of cleansing their balance sheets, all at the cost of the common people. How did such few companies manage to get loans worth more than Rs 70,000 crore for failed projects? Apparently, the banks are nurtured by deposits of common people and milked by a few shrewd manipulators with their adventurous projects by taking the shield of weak laws. Although these companies fail, their owners and their kith and kin continue to flourish. One hopes that the new government will enacts harsher laws and recover this enormous amount.

ASHOK K. ASHU, Patiala


The Irrigation Department has come up with a Rs 1,800-crore project to reline the Rajasthan and Sirhind feeder canals to tackle the problem of waterlogging in Muktsar, Fazilka, Ferozepur and Faridkot districts (“Waterlogging: Rs 1,800 cr for canal re-lining”, July 21). Why do our experts not study the root cause of waterlogging? Where is the lining of our rivers? Does water not seep into areas in northern Punjab? These canals pass through other areas also without seeping and waterlogging those parts. The experts need to study the flow of underground water. Rajasthan farmers are filling up their wells as the water level is going up.


Lawsuit madness

According to a report, over two crore cases are pending disposal in our courts. What a mindboggling mountain of arrears of court work! It brings a chilling message of gloom for the common man, for whom justice seems to be an ever-receding cry.

Isn't there a way out of the situation? Of course, there must be. “Where there is a will, there is a way”, as the saying goes. The tragedy is that those ruling the roost do not seem to have the will to meet the challenge posed by the disturbing situation. Some stringent steps are imperative to contain the growing “lawsuit madness”. Would the powers-that-be rise to the occasion?

Tara Chand, Ambota (Una)

Rajpura-UT train

The demand for a train from Rajpura to Chandigarh is just. Commuters are stranded after 10 pm. Since there is no regular bus service, people bound for Zirakpur and Chandigarh have to go in trucks, auto-rickshaws and even on scooters to reach their destinations in the late hours. The Railway Minister must clear this train.

Jaswant Singh, Chandigarh

Fate of absentees

CM Parkash Singh Badal’s initiative to restore lost credibility among politician, bureaucrats is praiseworthy. Everybody, big or small, who is drawing salary from the state exchequer must contribute for the development and welfare of the state. They must know and realise their duties. They should be governed by rules and regulations. The Chief Minister found some ministers and senior officers absent from their workplace during his surprise check. We would like to know what action was taken against these absentees.

Dr Naresh Raj, Patiala

Bribing their way in

HUDA officers and staff are allegedly indulging in fraud with the department. They are encouraging people to encroach on the department's plots lying vacant and unsold. This is surely being done for money. HUDA officials in Hisar are allegedly getting monthly bribe from shopkeepers of the area to use footpaths illegally. This practice is probably prevalent in the other cities of Haryana too.

RP Goyal, Hisar

Shame the rapist

What is wrong in taking birth as a girl? The editorial “Loss of innocence” (July 21) represents a poor picture of our country. What a shame that a six-year-old has had to undergo the trauma of rape. The culprits should be made to sit on a donkey with the mark of rapist on their forehead and beaten up.

Schools and college authorities and parents need to introspect about the issue seriously. It is never a stigma on the girl who has suffered. She should be encouraged to confidently walk with her head held high.


Friendly Budget

It is a friendly Budget for the income taxpayer as Finance Minister Arun Jaitly has raised the income tax exemption limit from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh. Also, the investment limit under Section 80C has been raised from Rs lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh. It is an appreciable step. In the last two decades, no FM has dared to give this relief to the salaried class.


Kargil martyrs

It is heartning that The Tribune has shared some unheard of stories related to the Kargil martyrs on the occasion of 15 years of the Kargil war. Proud to be an Indian. Jai Hind.

Rohil Sharma, via email

Football wins

Apropos the editorial “Germany win a thriller” (July 15), Brazil which are considered as the sports’ spiritual home were humiliated before their own crowd. It seems that Brazil experimented by sending a young team which proved to be very weak against Germany in the semi-final. Mario Gotze secured a fascinating goal. Germany did not lose a single game. There were many upsets in the tournament. Spain, the world champion in 2010, were disgraced in the very first match. Brazil lost 0-3 to Holland. Their football coach has resigned in disappointment. Messi of Argentina has been declared the best player of the tournament. Football lovers feel that he lacks the killer instinct and artistic footwork of the capability of his fellow countryman, the legend Maradona. This match reminds us of the 1986 World Cup where both teams played the final and Maradona secured two goals to win the cup.

As far as India is concerned, for the whole month, Indian football lovers were glued to their television sets.

Jatinderbir Nanda, Ludhiana

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