DURING a visit to the Karnal DC office, I was surprised to note that social distancing was not being practiced by people. Though, the officials were requesting people to do so, people were not bothered about it, even some were also found without wearing a mask. It is our joint responsibility to follow the Covid prevention guidelines and people must act responsible towards it. Pankaj Kamboj, Panchkula
Offices should be set up in Karnal
IT has been a long time since the Haryana Real Estate Appellate Tribunal was set up in Karnal, but still it has not got its own office here and has to work in Chandigarh. Similarly, the Karnal Division Commissioner and the Information Commissioner also do not have their own courts in the district and currently using the court of the Deputy Commissioner and the Right to Service Commission also requires its office. I suggest that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar should allot a sufficient space for the construction of new judicial building on the vacant land along with the Lawyers Chambers Complex in Sector 12, in which the courts and offices of the HREAT, Right to Service Commission, Information Commissioner and Divisional Commissioner should be constructed for the convenience of the lawyers and citizens of the state. Shakti Singh, Karnal
Politicians need to focus on environment
IT is sad to see the bad politics being practiced in the state. Many politicians these days are making undesirable remarks for the Baroda Assembly by-election. I do not hesitate in saying that most of the politicians in Haryana are surviving on the caste considerations. Sadly, the tickets also are distributed on the lines of caste only. All political parties claim to be development oriented, people and farmer friendly but the reality is different. No political party understands the issues of relevance, including sustainable development goals (SDGs), which are rarely talked about to impress the voters. The voters must know their role in democracy and vote for the candidate who is aware of the 18th rank of the state in the SDG index 2019-20 with composite score of 57, less than India's average score of 60. Prof MM Goel, Kurukshetra
Wastage of water needs to be checked
WASTAGE of underground and potable water has reached alarming rates, though it is now a punishable act. In pursuance of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directions issued in October 2019, the Central Ground Water Board had recently issued directions to all state governments and union territories, under which all agencies looking after water supply, including municipal corporations, the Water Supply Department, municipal councils, development authorities, panchayats and others had been directed to ensure that potable water is not wasted. The departments had been directed to take punitive action under the Environment Protection Act, 1986, against those who indulge in the acts of violating these directives. The violators are liable to be punished with five years of imprisonment and imposition of Rs 1 lakh fine. Now, the ball is in the court of departments and civic bodies to act tough against the violators. Satish Seth, Kaithal
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