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Say no to divisive politics
Dear Editor, With the announcement of assembly elections, the politicians have started luring voters with haughty claims and big promises. But the voters, who are the ultimate fountain of power in a democratic set up, must use their right to vote with extreme caution. They should not go for divisive forces and should always remember that the strength of India lies in its secular foundation for which thousands had given numerous sacrifices. It is the responsibility of the voters to elect the parties which in reality strive for mutual brotherhood and the upliftment of weaker sections of the society. The voters should reiterate their faith in the political parties which do not play the politics of disintegrating the society in the name of regions, religions, castes and they should vote...
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Elections in J&K
Dear Editor, The verdict delivered by the voters in Haryana and Maharashtra assembly elections has initiated a debate as whether the results will impact assembly elections in J&K and Jharkhand as well or not. Certainly, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) riding high on the success of is quite upbeat and hopeful of positive outcome in these states as well. Whereas to achieve victory in Jharkhand won’t be an uphill task for it, J&K is certainly not going to be an easy job for it, more so as it has already set an ambitious target for it in J&K in the form of Mission 44 plus so as to form its government on its own. For the purpose, it will be for the first time that the party has decided to contest on all 87 assembly seats in all the three regions. Earlier, this gamble by the party has deli...
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Black money in foreign bank-accounts
Dear Editor, It is beyond understanding what new emerged for general public out of Supreme Court verdict followed by Union government in submitting list of 627/628 Indians having foreign bank-accounts, legal or illegal, which was immediately handed over by Supreme Court to Special Investigating Team (SIT) to which Union government had already submitted the same four months back on June 27,2014. However, significant feature of Supreme Court verdict was that Union government will no more be allowed for selective disclosures. Many doubt that ‘bargain’ could be the reason behind selective disclosures, because at least two out of three persons whose names were disclosed by Union government countered allegations by stressing that their foreign bank-accounts were legal and disclosed to tax-a...
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Credit Cards
Dear Editor, Union government and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) should take note of malpractices of Banks in respect of credit-cards. Arguments put by Banks to have extra-ordinary interest-rate to overcome heavy cost in credit-card operation is in itself confessional for giving banks permission to levy 'hidden charges' to befool customers. Banks can instead levy charges on issuing and transactions made through credit-cards. Even credit-card statements are designed in a manner like 'Minimum Amount Due' to befool customers that they put themselves in heavy dose of interest-rate. Banks also resort to malpractice by deliberately not sending credit-cards statements to make customers defaulters forcing them to pay heavy interest-dose apart from penalty. What more, any shortfall in payment attrac...
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Shun rigidity
Dear Editor, The governments of India and Pakistan should resolve the border firing issue once and for all in the wider interest of border population of both the countries. The persons at the helm of affairs in both the countries should rigidity and start discussion with each other so that border inhabitants may have safe and sound life. Border inhabitants are living under continuous fear of loss of their life and property. The state and central government should also make provision for insurance cover to the life, property, crop and cattle of the border Inhabitants and allotment of plots to them in safer places on top priority. —Udita, Jammu Polls to affect rehab process Dear Editor, Notwithstanding the Election Commission’s observation, the conduct of assembly elections is g...
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Tackling menace of corruption in the state
Dear Editor, It is a well known fact that the J&K State has been termed as 2nd most corrupt state in the country. Although the vigilance commission has been revamped and J&K state Accountability commission is in place yet no corrupt person has so far been brought to book because of which corruption is flourishing day by day. The state government informed State legislative assembly in session in the month of August this year that around 300 cases of corruption are pending against the senior Officers of the state Administration. Conviction rate in this regard is utterly dismay. The Vigilance authorities are hunting easy targets like patwaris, clerks ,class IV employees so on and so forth by putting them behind the bars but on the o...
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Govt yet to tackle power cuts problems
Dear Editor The people are still irked over continuous power cuts and held protest demonstration against Power Development Department (PDD) regarding frequent disruption in power supply but all in vain as the government has done to improve its system to provide better facilities to its people who are blocked various road and disrupts traffic for couple of hours due to which the people are suffering. The people alleged that they are facing problems during the night hours but the higher authorities have failed to regulate the supply of power in different area. They also cautioning PDD to take the matter seriously and not test the patience of the public of Jammu but the department take it non serious due to which common masses are suffered. Government should address the problems of masses s...
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Welcome DoPT circular
Dear Editor, It refers to Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) issuing circular to upload RTI petitions and responses on websites of public-authorities. Many public authorities like Railway Board were already doing so, with few cases of reported misuse. In handling RTI workshops, it was brought to notice that at times postal-envelopes with RTI responses returned undelivered because no such address/addressee existed. But simultaneously first appeal also reached which could be possible only on going through RTI response on website by ‘non-existing’ petitioner! However rare cases of misuse must not become hurdle in reforms. DoPT must concentrate on use of section 4(1)(b) of RTI Act and its circular dated 15.04.2014 about sue-motto disclosure. Administrative and monetary punishments s...
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Declare holiday on Vishvakarma Puja day
Dear Editor, Deepawali is the festival where festivities activities continue till late night making next day virtually a no-work day at government-offices and banks. Private establishments and factories make next day to Deepawali as holiday not only for this reason of allowing rest, but also as holiday towards Vishwakarma Puja. All government-offices and banks look practically deserted on this day next to Deepawali. Best is to declare day of Vishwakarma Puja (next day to Deepawali) as holiday also for respecting sentiments of labourers for whom this is a very special day when they worship their tools rather using them. An RTI response revealed that day of Vishwakarma Puja is the second-most availed restricted holidays after Raksha Bandhan. Under the circumstances, Central government ...
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Promote organic vegetable cultivation
Dear Editor, Apropos a news item (Kashmir Times, October 17, 2014) on organic vegetable cultivation workshop, it is an appreciable effort to organize two days training programme on 15th to 16th October 2014 on organic vegetables production under Agricultural Technology Management Agency at Sudhmahadev (Udhampur), which is an abode of vegetables cultivation. Infact, cultivation of vegetables organically is the need of the day. Joint Director Agriculture, Sh. A.K. Malhotra has rightly stated that these days the worthy peasants must grow vegetables organically. It is difficult to ignore the worse effects caused by the chemical fertilizers and pesticides as residues in the vegetables. Such residues would otherwise prove harmful not only to human beings but also to animals and other living o...
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No Hindu religious holidays in Pakistan
Dear Editor Founder of Pakistan Mohammed Ali Jinnah in his speech at country’s constituent-assembly had assured minority-Hindus in Pakistan to enjoy an exemplary living in Islamic Pakistan. But those ideals washed away with death of Jinnah where population of minority-Hindus in Pakistan is regularly declining sharply to the extent that after forcible conversion of Hindu girls to Islam, now a Hindu family has been compelled to ‘voluntarily’ adopt Islam after realising practical realities. While there used be at least one minister from minority-communities in the federal cabinet, now there is none since last so many years. Shockingly while Christian-minority which in population is just about half of Pakistan’s Hindu population has two public-holidays apart from two local holidays, Hindu...
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