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Satyarthi self-made

That Kailash Satyarthi has won the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize is an honour for India. But how many of us have heard about him? He gave up his career as an electrical engineer and started the mission of fighting for children's rights in 1980. He has been at it for 34 years. During this period, two of his colleagues have been murdered and he has been attacked once.

He won his first award in 1984 and since then, he has won eight big awards. And guess how many of those awards were given by his motherland for his yeoman service? None! In these 34 years, approximately 4,000 Padma awards, 25 Bharat Ratnas and many more awards have been doled out, but Satyarthi is not one of the recipients.

During the same period, dozens of eminent people have been nominated to the Rajya Sabha and many other prestigious positions. But once again, Satyarthi did not qualify for any of them. No PM has ever felt it important to call him for discussions on what needs to be done to give children their rights, even as they have been meeting film stars.

And guess who nominated him for the Nobel Prize this year? The European Parliament!

He has won the Nobel Prize due to his efforts alone and despite the government, media or civil society.

Col Karaminder Singh, Patiala

Promote aquaculture

The news report "Chief Minister to take farmers to China" (November 4) says the trip had "the sole purpose of promoting aquaculture in the state, which will prove beneficial in the waterlogged areas." The visiting farmers would see the cage culture technique adopted by the Chinese.

However, can't the Andhra experience where the production is 15 tonnes of fish per hectare pond per year in comparison to Punjab's 6 tonnes be of some relevance in comparison to the distant China that has 32 tonnes?

Such visits which are financially cheaper and have a better chance to ameliorate the conditions plaguing aquaculture will open many doors.

Jagvinder Singh Brar, Patiala

Grievances not redressed

The people of Punjab want a strong grievances redress system. In many districts, grievance committees have not been constituted. Where these have been constituted, their meetings are not held for years. Punjab used to have an effective public grievances redress system till 2003. Each district had a committee headed by a minister.

Ranjit Singh Sandhu, Muktsar

‘Alive certificate’

Contrary to the proposal in some letters on the subject “Alive certificate”, sending the certificate by post is not a workable suggestion. A provision could be made for a pensioner to get the certificate attested by a responsible person before sending it by post to a bank, like those living abroad are allowed to do. However, it is more convenient if the pensioner presents himself before the bank manager instead of running around for a responsible person’s signature. It is only a once-a-year affair. Don't we go to the bank to withdraw pension?


Appearance not must

This is in reference to the letters appearing in the paper regarding submitting the ‘alive certificates’ in the banks in person. I disagree with these arguments because the banks do not insist upon the pensioner to appear in person. Ever since my wife retired from service in 2007, I have been submitting her ‘alive certificate’ duly signed by her and attested by a municipal commissioner or other responsible person of the town or even of a bank official. The bank has never refused to accept it. I have also submitted the certificate of my boss who retired in 1980 for several years and the bank concerned never insisted that the pensioner visit the bank personally.

Raj Kumar Kapoor, Ropar

Govt ads a waste

The Badal government regularly issues big advertisements regarding the inauguration of roads, bridges and other projects by the CM, Deputy CM and key ministers in the media. This is a huge wastage of the public exchequer built with taxes paid by the common man. The money should be utilised better in building hospital wards, classrooms and drug rehabilitation centres.

Brij B. Goyal, Ludhiana

Whither promised money?

People voted for the party that promised to bring black money back. Now, every citizen is waiting for the Rs 15 lakh each to be deposited in his account, as promised. But recently, the new PM said on radio that he does not know how much black money is lying outside the country and when it will return.


Check quackery

The report “Quacks flourish under admn nose” (November 4) exposes the influence of cash or kind in the three departments of health, Punjab Pollution Control Board and Punjab Medical Council which have failed to check quackery rampant all over Punjab. I feel that these departments target only qualified doctors and turn a blind eye towards the quacks. If questioned, the officials concerned conveniently express ignorance about quackery. Raids must be conducted to expose the quacks and the officers in whose jurisdiction quackery is being practised. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be on the agenda of the Punjab IMA. It is not tough to nail the culprits.

Dr Vitull K. Gupta, Bathinda

Police selections

The recent order to do away with the system of interviews for selection into the police issued by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal (October 31) is laudable. This system has become the den of corruption, where the candidature of an individual is propped up in the merit list through arbitrary marking, based on political considerations. Where merit is decided by decimal digits, even one mark is crucial. In certain states, even after high courts intervening and laying down criteria for awarding marks in interviews, the malaise continues.

In the light of the physical and written tests instituted for recruitment, there should no requirement for any interview, as in the armed forces.

Brig LC Jaswal, Shimla



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