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Posted at: Apr 28, 2017, 12:58 AM; last updated: Apr 28, 2017, 12:58 AM (IST)

It’s on the wall

The mandate of the Delhi MC elections predicts the declining graph of the AAP in Delhi, even though it has won 67 Assembly seats in the past. Similarly, the Congress has failed to put up a better performance. The debacle of both parties is a clear indication of the endorsement by the masses of the policies of PM Modi. Political parties and leaders will now have to show results rather than trick voters with mere promises.

Rajat Kumar Mohindru, Jalandhar

Tax rich farmers

The Union government’s flip-flop on the proposal of the Niti Aayog to tax rich farmers indicates its real intentions (‘Taxing farm income’, April 27). Middle and poor farmers should be kept out of the tax net. It is ridiculous that a rich farmer is also exempted from paying tax. Niti Aayog is the think-tank of the government and its proposals need to be given weightage instead of rejecting them outright to safeguard the interests of rich politicians owning vast farmhouses and having tax-free income.

Ravinder Singh, Jalandhar

Limit free electricity

I support the contention of the Niti Aayog because the exemption from income tax to agriculture has been misused by big landlords and others to evade tax. Rather, the Punjab Government should take a cue and stop electricity subsidy to farmers on similar lines. Only farmers with small holdings should be given free electricity. This will help reduce the unbearable burden on the state exchequer. 

Nirmal Bhalla, Patiala

Power subsidy

This refers to ‘State’s power subsidy bill shoots up to Rs 7,943 crore’ (April 26). Every day we read about how the SAD-BJP government sanctioned schemes for which there was no money. Power subsidy was one such area. As the current subsidy bill has touched an all-time high, it is the best time to revisit and recast such freebies. Keeping in mind the poll manifesto of the present Congress government, it will not be easy for it to touch marginal farmers and below the poverty line families. As such, rich landlords have no justification to avail of the subsidy on electricity consumed for farming. Strict measures are needed to bring the derailed economy of the state back on track.


Cops as thieves

Refer to ‘24 cops found stealing power in Gurugram’ (April 26); police personnel stealing power is really shameful. One wonders what policing they are capable of when they themselves are neck-deep in a criminal activity? Similar raids should be conducted in the Police Lines in other cities as well, so that transmission losses, which are passed on to law-abiding consumers, are reduced.

AK Sharma, Panchkula

End Naxal menace

Apropos the Sukma bloodbath, the government hints at mega mining projects and big corporate houses as reasons. If Odisha could check this menace, why  should a state government in power for over a decade, and  of a political outfit which sells itself as one that shall set right the ‘wrongs’ committed in 70 years, not be able to do so? The agony of people living in close vicinity and of jawans hailing from far-off corners of the country and their families is understandable. All Indians are waiting for an end to Naxalism. This can be appreciated only by a sensitive government, not a regime goaded by hubris, selective in extending its sympathies. 

Lalit Mohan Sharma, Dharamsala

Monitor NGOs

Apropos ‘SC wants law to regulate NGOs’ (April 27), NGOs  across the country have been getting grants from the Government of India for decades. It is a matter of concern that there is no check on their functioning, neither by the Centre nor state governments through a special body. The result is that number of NGOs are defunct, but are still getting the funds regularly. There are some NGOs that are either run by individual families with the required number of members from their own families. Crores of rupees are being siphoned off with no output. The money is going down the drains as no benefit is percolated to the needy. There should be stringent laws through which delinquents can be blacklisted and prosecuted, and if need be, civil and criminal action could be initiated against them. Onus should be on the state government to ensure transparency under the scheme.


Confusion over Aadhar

We Indians are used to absurdities day in and day out. The requirement of the Aadhar card has crossed ludicrous limits. The Government of India has almost made Aadhar compulsory for any service while the Supreme Court gives a verdict against making it mandatory. Who’s supreme? In this confusion, people are following government instructions, lest they are deprived of government schemes. A clarification should come from the government and the court.

Devinder Garg, Chandigarh

Panama probe

Refer to the editorial ‘Panama papers’ (April 22) sends a stern reminder to PM Modi and Finance Minister Jaitley to come true on their oft-repeated commitments to bring to justice those who have stashed black money abroad. By placing Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif in the dock, the apex court of Pakistan has set an example that law is equally applicable to big and small. It seems Indian law is only for ‘smaller’ beings. When the Multi-agency Group has already submitted its report and an SIT is on the cards, the Centre’s plea to dismiss a PIL petition is nothing but an attempt to delay the probe and provide an escape route to the culprits through legal wranglings. In sensitive cases where high-profile people are involved, justice is always the first casualty. It would add to the image of the Modi government if procedural hurdles are avoided and the probe is fast-tracked.

KB Ralhan, Palampur

Barbaric acts must stop

The open letter to the Rajasthan CM (April 25) by a group of retired civil servants is appreciable, especially at a time when very few dare take up such issues in public fora. Such barbaric acts are not only a serious threat to law and order, but also to the life and property of the common citizen. The Centre and state governments of a party that boasts of minimum government, maximum governance should walk the talk and act promptly and fairly to instil confidence in the general public.


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