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Power from waste

Waste disposal is one of the major problems faced across the world. Every city generates tonnes of waste per day. We can recycle it by incineration, landfills, dumping in yards and composting for biogas plants to generate power. The infrastructure required for setting up a biogas plant is — space: 100 square metres; manpower: Two unskilled persons; water supply: 1.2 KL for one tonne; and power: 3 phase AC. Electricity generation from a bio waste treatment plant is not costly. Every district must have at least one biogas plant to dispose of the waste productively by generating power from waste material.

Robin Jindal, Barnala

Most jobs informal

According to a survey revealed by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), nearly three out of four people working in the non-agricultural sector in India are in informal jobs. Eighty per cent of these informal sector employees have no written contract and 72% get no social security benefits. Manufacturing, construction, retail, transportation and storage are the main sectors employing informal workers, the NSSO has found. Among the states, Punjab, UP and West Bengal have the highest proportion of informal jobs. There is a need to secure the future of the young generation by minimising contractual jobs.

Gurpreet Singh, Shahkot

Schools sans basics

Apropos the editorial Speech delivered (September 8), on Teachers' Day, PM Narendra Modi revived the tradition of personalised communication with the children of the nation. Ironically, the decision caused schools across the country to showcase the pathetic state of their infrastructure. Schools were seen to be without teachers, without a roof, having dilapidated structures without walls, where millions of children are supposed to receive education.

In the name of construction of toilets and buildings, millions of rupees are pocketed by politicians-turned-contractors. Substandard structures are built with maintenance funds. Ultimately, the sufferers are students who mostly belong to low socio-economic strata. It would be a step towards quality education if these aspects are considered by the Prime Minister.

BR Kaundal, Mandi

Traditional doctors

Apropos the editorial Zero medical error (September 9), in reference with doctors, non-MBBS doctors are never considered. There are other kinds of institutionally qualified doctors in the country who are equally functional and rendering yeoman’s service. Especially, those practising the traditional Indian System of Medicine (ISM), supplemented with modern western methods as per the need. Many states have legalised the ISM, based on reports and studies conducted by government agencies. The World Health Organisation too has recommended it. Approximately seven lakh such doctors are registered in the country. If their services are utilised, the patient-doctor ratio would increase from 1:17,00 to 1:1,000 and it would be nearer to the universal standard of 1:800. But certain vested interests in the market-oriented society are against ISM. Policymakers, please don’t ignore ISM.

Dr Naresh Dalal, Jhajjar

Medical reimbursement

The Punjab Government is paying a mere ~500 as medical reimbursement to its employees and pensioners. This amount is also subjected to income tax. It was last revised about 10 years back, with the last two pay panels not touching it. Since then, the DA has increased by more than 100%; doctor's fee three or four times and medicine cost many times. Various employees’ unions and associations have been highlighting the issue. The government must raise medical reimbursement to at least Rs 1,500 pm and exempt it from income tax.

Er Rabinder Singh Arneja, Jalandhar

Apt cartoon

The cartoon by Sandeep Joshi and its caption in the column 'In Passing', "Sir, he had come only to repair the AC, and you appointed him Chairman?!" (September 7), were superb. It aptly highlighted the politicians’ desperate attempt to please everyone on the eve of assembly elections. There is an urgent need of an effective mechanism/authority to curb squandering of public money by politicians to entice voters, forgetting that they are its trustees and not proprietors. The freebies promised by politicians before and after elections virtually bleed a state's economy irreparably.

Lalit Bhardwaj, Panchkula

Govt’s ‘to-do list’

There is a long ‘to-do list’of the Modi government, including setting up of 100 smart cities, bullet trains, IIMs and IITs in all states, cleaning and connecting national rivers, providing pucca houses for all and Rs 1 lakh insurance to every farmer. 

It was Modi's appeal that turned the tide of the electorate in his favour. He reached Parliament with a huge majority given to the BJP and its allies. The government has been in a position for three months and the public can smell as to what is being cooked by this new dispensation. Of course, people can have patience to see that the prices come down and stabilise, corruption in public life reduce and inflation unemployment come down. 

But certain actions of the government such as tinkering with institutions like judiciary and planning commission and the unceremonious removal of some Governors display a covert contempt towards opposition parties. 

There is also an allegation that certain important functionaries with known integrity are being replaced with ideologues of the Sangh Parivar. Absolute majority does not mean brute display of arrogance and indignance towards the Opposition. 

Tek Chand, Una

Needed sincere men

There is no doubt that the separation of the judiciary and the legislature is important for democracy. But, it is equally important that the post of Governor needs mature men of integrity. The former Chief Justice has demonstrated good work while in office. He will no doubt do justice as Governor, too.

The country needs the services of sincere, honest and mature persons with experience.

R S Mathoda, Chandigarh

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