Friday, July 25, 2014
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Don’t play with lives of rail-passengers
Dear Editor It refers to cockroaches found in rail-food served in prestigious New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express where the train was stopped by angry passengers at Mughalsarai Railway Station for several hours on 20/21.07.2014. Indian Railways should immediately stop serving food in trains. Instead packaged branded food like bread, biscuits and other baked products manufactured by reputed companies should be sold not only to ensure hygiene, but also to eliminate chances of wastage when India is a country where a sizable number of rail-travellers had to leave food served in trains because of their avoiding onion and garlic. Better is to do away with charging cost of food with tickets in prestigious trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi leaving travellers to purchase packaged food if they so d...
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Safety of pilgrims
Dear Editor. The famous shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi ji is situated at Trikuta Hills in Jammu having base camp at Katra. Lakhs of pilgrims visit the holy cave every year to have darshans of holy pindis of goddess in her 3 forms. The management of the holy shrine is under Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board who looks after the working and other activities related to shrine. It is very unfortunate to hear that an 8-year old girl on Monday died after being hit by a piece of rock, which roll down the trikuta hills near Sanji Chatt (near helipad) enroute the cave shrine of Vaishno Devi. Vidushi, who was on a pilgrimage to the cave shrine in trikuta hills along with her family, died due to a head injury. God may rest her soul in peace. It is worthwhile to mention here that many times in ...
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Priority for patients
Dear editor, We must always give passage to the ailing or serious patients on priority to receive treatment. Money hardly matters as life comes first then you can earn as much as you can, according to your potential. Roads are jam packed with frequent chaos's on the streets that keeps ailing patients in the ambulances and cars or scooters on the roads for hours together. Till then the life of the patient deteriorates more and some breath their last on way. The situation is very alarming and there seems no end to the messy situation on the streets. Traffic cops always pave way for the VVIP vehicles and create a standstill position till VIP's are given passages. This leads to deaths of the serious patients whose life could otherwise be saved had the blood of poor been as costly as that of ...
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Welcome CJI initiative on government-bungalows
Dear Editor, It refers to welcome issuing notice to Union government by Chief Justice of India RM Lodha on basis of a letter to him by country's former Comptroller & Auditor General of India Vinod on overstaying in government-bungalows of New Delhi. It will be still better if Supreme Court extends scope of the matter by including other related matters including like direct or indirect conversion of government-bungalows in Leyton's zone of New Delhi into memorials. It becomes necessary also because aspects of overstaying in government-bungalows and conversion of government-bungalows in memorials are covered in the same Supreme Court verdict dated 05.07.2013 in the matter 'SD Bandi vs Divisional Traffic Officer, KSRTC & others' (Civil Appeal number 4064 of 2004). Supreme Court should take...
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Has CBI Director sub-let part of government-bungalow?
Dear Editor, It refers to media-report (Pioneer 21.07.2014) about Ranjit Sinha having sublet a part of government-bungalow number 2 Janpath (New Delhi) allotted to him in his official capacity as Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to a Bihari shop-keeper of Khan Market (New Delhi) engaged in flower-business at a monthly rent of rupees 3000. Earlier also similar complaints were received against Parliamentarians subletting part of their government-accommodations for earning something ‘extra’. Enquiry should be made and action taken against those having thus sublet government-accommodations. In case media-reports are untrue, then position should be made clear with directions to concerned media to prominently publish the clarification. Supreme Court having taken cognizance of...
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Photo controversy
Dear Editor, It refers to media-reports (Indian Express 19.07.2014) about new Union Law Secretary PK Malhotra reversing decision of his predecessor Brahm Agrawal by re-putting photos of former Union Law Secretaries on walls of office-room of Union Law Secretary which were earlier removed on directions of Brahm Agrawal. Incidentally photo of Brahm Agrawal is also now placed in the room along with those of other former Union Law Secretaries. It seems that photo-craze has also emerged amongst bureaucrats which was till now limited to political-class only. Prime Minister Narender Modi should take cognizance of the news-report, and order revival of such a practice not only in Union Law Ministry but even elsewhere. All offices of Union government and its undertakings should have photos of onl...
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Losing top scientists in MH-17 crash
Dear Editor, Hoping this matter will be beneficial to readers of your esteemed paper. It was very painful and unfortunate to hear the news of Malaysian airlines plane MH-17 crashing while on routine flight at a height of 33000 feet hit by Buk missile fired by terrorists which sent the plane crashing towards ground with the result 283 passengers and 15 crew members lost their precious lives within no time. The bodies were seen all over on ground in fields and roads. The culprits as reported 3 of them seen rejoicing and clapping on this disaster. The handiwork of terrorists who are bent upon to destroy the humanity without thinking the consequences which will happen in future. It is most unfortunate that world lost more than 100 AIDS researchers/scientists who were on board in the plane ...
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Fiscal discipline, tax-rationalisation missing from budget
Dear Editor, People having high hopes of a reformative budget by Narender Modi government were by and large disappointed when they found it a normal routine-styled budget with fiscal discipline, simplified tax regime with tax-rationalisation and drastic steps to curb black money were missing from otherwise a visionary budget. Indian economy has a parallel flow of black economy. Drastic steps could be announced so that a large chunk of black money would be ‘whitened’ giving exchequer huge amount of money which could be utilised for national development creating employment-opportunities and extra funds for visionary schemes announced in the budget apart from reducing anticipated fiscal deficit which is the root cause of inflation and price-rise. Small cuts in excise duty are absorbed by m...
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Making governance public-participatory
Dear Editor, It refers to decision taken in a meeting convened on 20.06.2014 (11 am) by Ms V Vidyavati Joint Secretary (ARC & PG) in Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Griviances as communicated by office-memorandum No. K-11017/1/2014-PG dated 07.07.2014 to all the concerned ministries/departments, wherein it was decided that suggestions posted on web-link will be closed without taking any action on these suggestions as according to the authorities portal was meant only for griviances. For last few days, similar helpline-portal at President’s website ( is also not functioning properly with many characters barred from being posted on the portal. Earlier there was no such bar. Even suggestions sent at earlier Prime Minister Office (PMO...
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Reduce juvenile age
Dear Editor, Union Minister for Women & Child Development Maneka Gandhi has rightly initiated move for reducing juvenile age to sixteen years from eighteen years at present. With fast-changing life-style and advanced internet technology, brain of youngsters has also been developed and advanced in youngsters making them behave like adults at much earlier age. As such tendency of knowingly committing crimes is also liable to begin at an early age. So-termed child-right activists do not feel pain and agony of victims and their family-members due to heinous crimes like rape or murder. Giving mild reformative 'punishment' to such lower-aged criminals rather can tend to promote criminal activities amongst juvenile with present age-limit of eighteen years. If reform would be the only way of ge...
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Reducing prices of medicines but why only for diabetes and cardiac-care
Dear Editor, It refers to National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) fixing lower prices for 108 drugs used for treating diabetic and cardio-vascular diseases keeping drug-manufacturers to mint money through an open loot by continuing them with liberty to fix prices of other medicines at their own will. NPPA should look into pricing medicines in India where same salt is marketed by different companies in varying prices. Antibiotic 'Ofloxacin' has Maximum Retail Price (MRP) for 10 tablets of rupees 314.92, 88.00 and 55.00 for same medicine marketed by three different drug-manufacturers. There are numerous such medicines where drug-manufacturers are cashing their name by earning huge profits. What more, same medicines are available even at much-much lower prices when packed in bulk! ...
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