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Posted at: Mar 24, 2017, 12:36 AM; last updated: Mar 24, 2017, 12:36 AM (IST)

Mantri pati

Aruna Chaudhary, Minister of State for Education, has made a mockery of democracy by allowing her husband to chair meetings and pursue files of her ministry (‘Mantri pati does it all: From chairing meets to perusing files’, March 23). She has violated the oath which was administrated to her for keeping secrecy of official matters. The reason explained by her husband is not justified as there are so many officials attached to the minister concerned for guidance. This is a blot on the government of Capt Amarinder Singh. It is strange while the CM is promising 33 per cent job reservation for women, women like Aruna Chaudhary are reluctant to shoulder responsibilities. The CM should immediately drop her from his Council of Ministers so that the dignity of the ministry can be maintained.

Simran Sangotra, Rupnagar

Farm debt

Apropos the news report ‘Scrap farm debt, Capt urges PM’ (March 23), after dilly-dallying with it for about 12 years, the state government had legislated the Punjab Settlement of Agricultural Indebtedness Act 2016. Nothing came out of it, rendering it a mock legislation. Why the similar Act of 1934, brought forth with the initiative of legendary Sir Chhotu Ram, succeeded, but the latest legislation achieved nothing? During his previous tenure as CM, Capt Amarinder Singh had initiated this legislation to end farm debt. He lacked the will to act decisively then, despite knowing the misery of farmers. He should  not procrastinate this time by throwing the ball in the Centre’s court and saying after a month that he did not have the magic wand to end this malady. He should vigorously implement the scant farmer-friendly provisions, along with addressing other social, economic, medical, educational problems in  rural Punjab. 

Ravnit kaur Bajwa, Hoshiarpur

Loan waiver

More than 3,000 farmer suicides have been reported in the past three years. Hailstorms and unseasonal rain have also affected the farmers adversely. The nationwide farm loan waiver plan gives some hope. With the decline in the earnings of the farmers, such a plan should be implemented promptly. This will be a big step towards Modi’s ‘New India’ plan.    

Rajabinda Bindra, Kharar


Ram Mandir has again become a hot topic of debate. Viewed through a secular perspective, the matter is uncomplicated and can be easily resolved. It is suggested that if Ram Mandir and Babri Masjid are both built on the same premises, it would not only end the dispute, but also be an inspirational symbol of this secular country. The dispute should not be about who is the legitimate owner of the land of the ‘religious place’. It would be wise if it is converted into a place of worship for both communities, comprising a temple and a mosque. All religions preach universal brotherhood. 

Navneet Sharma, Chandigarh

Hindus’ sentiments

I was disappointed to read the editorial ‘Talking won’t do’ (March 23).  Building the Ram Temple in Ayodhya is not a land dispute. It is a question of the religious sentiments of the Hindus. Lord Rama was born in Ayodhya, so a Ram temple must be built there. Muslims themselves should give away the  disputed land as a gift to their Hindu brothers. It will strengthen Hindu-Muslim unity and national integration. The Chief Justice also perhaps had this in mind while suggesting that the dispute should be settled by ‘mediation’.

Amar Jit Singh Goraya, Australia 

Sidhu must quit TV

If an employee is drawing salary from government funds, he is debarred from undertaking another assignment with another concern. Disciplinary action is initiated against him/her. Ministers, MPs and MLAs are not above the law. They are getting all the facilities (salary, car, rent-free accommodation, etc.) paid out of government funds. How are they allowed to work somewhere else at the same time? Rules should be the same for all. 

Bk Sharma, Una

Punjab revival

Joining the Congress days ahead of the election and winning with a margin of over 42,000 votes, Navjot Singh Sidhu proves his political experience. One hopes that all will work together on issues concerning people and restore the lost glory of our farmers. They should be the light at the end of the tunnel for the people of Punjab. 

Megha, Kapurthala

Arbitrary charges

Most public sector banks are reeling under mammoth losses primarily due to ever-burgeoning NPAs. These assets are largely due to imprudent decision making. To make up for these losses, hapless customers are unnecessarily burdened with charges like AMC for debit card. without prior information of the customer.  The Ministry of Finance should take prompt cognizance and stop this malpractice. 


Unwarranted fear

In ‘Hindutva hits the high ground’ (March 22), the writer tends to paint Hindus in a bad light and attempts to instigate Muslims. He calls BJP win an electoral coup against the Muslim community. How strange! Why should Hindus remain divided? Is it a crime if Hindus unite? They are not anti-Muslims. Writers like him sow seeds of division between two communities. Neither the BJP nor Modi nor Yogi are against Muslims. The disclaimer, ‘These are his personal views’ was missing. One hopes The Tribune doesn’t subscribe to his views.


Over and above MRP

There are many eating outlets which  charge more than the MRP on certain  items such as soft drinks and mineral  water, even though the original price  is mentioned on the bottles. They  don’t even give invoice. Also, their  menu doesn’t include the prices of  these items. MRP is the maximum   price a seller can charge from consumers. In addition to this, some outlets follow a practice of giving candies or chocolates in lieu of change, even  though they may be having change. These wrong practices need to be  dealt with strictly. The authorities  auditing them should take the feedback of consumers.

Vikramjit Singh, Amritsar

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