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Help flood-hit

Jammu and Kashmir is going through a crucial phase on account of the unprecedented floods. The people are suffering as the floods have wreaked havoc and devastation. The rescue operations are not so effective owing to the contrary weather conditions, heavy rains and waterlogging. All citizens of the country should extend a helping hand to the brethren in the state by contributing cash, material, clothes and medicine.

OP BILLU, Bathinda

Cross-border aid

Apropos the news report "Floods in PoK: Modi offers help to Sharif" (September 7), PM Modi after making the announcement for help to the people of PoK affected by the devastating floods has added a feather to his cap and projected a good image of India and his government. Natural calamities are not border sensitive. Such disasters should be looked at with humane concern. Providing cross-border help has reinforced the fact that we all are part of a common human being pool and the government has made a stride towards narrowing down differences with Pakistan.

Gursharan Singh, Karnal

Relief op in J&K

J&K is in the grip of unprecedented floods. The armed forces and the National Disaster Management teams are putting in their best to help the flood-affected people. Thousands of people have been brought to safe places and arrangements made for their stay by the army. Blankets, medicines and food packets are being distributed to them. Describing the floods as a national calamity, Prime Minister Modi has sanctioned Rs 1,000 crore to the state for rescue and relief operations. He even rushed to Srinagar to supervise the operations and boost the morale of the state government and the people of J&K.

RJ Khurana, Bhopal

Farmers affected

Punjab is receiving torrential rains in early September after a period of deficit in July and it is spelling devastation to the farmers. The rains have taken a toll on life and property in Jammu and Kashmir. This havoc can be attributed to the ecological imbalance catalysed by human greed and selfish activities.

Sanyam Bhatia, via email

Wrong policies

The people of Punjab are bearing the brunt of the wrong policies of the state government. The free-of-cost electricity provided to the agriculture sector is being held responsible for the ills faced by the state. However, the agriculturists are not in favour of free electricity, but regular paid electricity for irrigation. Their only demand is that the prices of farm produce be raised to offset the increase in input costs. The business of agriculture the world over is subsidised.

After the Green Revolution, the farmers have been left to fend for themselves. The government is following useless policies for political benefits and the scientists are sitting within the boundary walls of universities and just giving lectures, unaware of what is happening in the fields.

The electricity department gets away by saying that providing free electricity to farmers is the cause of all its problems. Why is the dependence on coal not being reduced by tapping solar, hydel or nuclear power  generation?

The government should follow austere measures and let go of the lavish lifestyles funded by government funds to its officials and leaders.

Amanvir Singh Tiwana, Patiala

Aid teachers

The state government should extend the same facilities and salary to the teachers working in aided institutions as are being offered to those in government schools. Staff of aided schools do not receive salary on a fixed day. There are around 484 aided schools in Ludhiana with more  than 4,200 teachers working on aided posts. In Punjab, employees have been working without salary for two months.

These teachers should be provided medical allowance, HRA and ACP on a par with government schools. The discriminatory approach has pushed the aided teachers into a financial crisis as they have to perform duty without getting their salary regularly.

Dr Satish Thaman, Ludhiana

Radio channel

Civil and mechanical engineering works for the construction of a 300-m high steel frame radio and television tower started at Gharinda (Amritsar-Lahore Highway) during the UPA-1 rule in May, 2007.

A tower of similar height and size was built in Bombay (now Mumbai) in 18 months during 1972-73, when construction technology was much less advanced. Civil works for the All India Radio-cum-Doordarshan tower in suburban Amritsar were completed in 2013. In spite of a completed tower, All India Radio has not been commissioned. Work on a similar tower at Rae Barelli was undertaken much later, but an All India Radio station at Rae Barelli was commissioned out of turn in December, 2013. Another smaller radio station at Amethi was also inaugurated prior to the 2014 General Election. Since All India Radio at Amritsar has no godfather, it is being treated as no body's baby.

Considering the size and importance of Amritsar and due to the strategic location of this city, All India Radio with multiple channels like Vividh Bharati, All India Radio's Urdu Service, All India Radio's Punjabi Service, FM Rainbow etc should have been commissioned years ago. But things have stayed dormant even after the change over from the UPA to NDA. There are no happy days for Amritsar yet. The people of this city deserve at least one locally originated channel, which should at no cost be denied to them.

Harjap Singh Aujla, New Jersey (USA)

Pic gave away plot

The middle Case of the mysterious nocturnal visitor (September 8) was interesting, but for the disproportionately large sketch of a rat which gave away the plot. May I request you to desist from including the sketch/picture in the middle as I find it mostly incongruous with the piece and diminishing its value.

Anuj Tomar, Shimla

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