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Snatching incidents raking issue of safety

The letter is in reference to a news item highlighting a persistent rise in cases of snatching of gold chains and thefts in Chandigarh.

The letter is in reference to a news item highlighting a persistent rise in cases of snatching of gold chains and thefts in Chandigarh. Ironically,most of incidents take place outside the victims’ residences,raking up serious issues of safety of other residents,as well. Through the manner in which miscreants usually make an easy escape on motorbikes,it seems they are not worried of being caught either by the police or people. It is a matter of grave concern and there is an urgent need to control such incidents as people,mainly women feel unsafe. Apart from seeking help from citizens,help can also be sought from the Electricity Department by ensuring that all street lights function at night,as robbers make use of non-functional street lights to make an easy exit at night. S K Gupta,Chandigarh

MC should bear expenses of dogbite treatment

The Municipal Corporation’s decision to reduce the cost of dogbite treatment from Rs 350 to Rs 100 per injection is acceptable. However,since the MC has failed miserably to curb the stray dog menace,all the treatment expenditure should be borne by the civic body. A large number of dogbite cases are reported every day,and this is because of MC’s negligence and inefficiency. The MC should should construct dog shelters and also rope in NGOs for mass sterilisation programmes. V K Kapur,Panchkula

Restrict movement of trucks at peak hours

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Despite the opening of Zirakpur-Parwanoo bypass road,traffic problems on NH 21 A persist. It takes at least an hour to reach Baddi from Pinjore. Movement of trucks to and from Baddi on the road should be restricted between 5 and 7 pm. Problems of commuters should be solved on an urgent basis. Revati Sriniwasan,Chandigarh

Ban removal of silt from Sukhna

The present level of silt in the Sukhna Lake is harmless. After the construction of check dams in the catchment area,the possibility of any silt entering the lake in future is nil. Despite this,a huge sum is being spent on removing silt from the bed of the lake. This increases the capacity of the lake and lowers the water level,which in turn affects the boating activity adversely and leads to disappointment among people. The removal of silt from the lake needs to be banned. Each of the check dam in the catchment area acts as a mini lake,because Sukhna’s water admitted into it for the removal of silt,is not being released. This needs to be rectified and renovated. A plan costing a meagre amount can be prepared to fill the lake with its own water up to its maximum level of RL 1,163 ft. A plan needs to be prepared and made operational. S P Malhotra,Panchkula

CCTV cameras essential to curb crimes

Recently a conman,posing as a customer,reportedly stole a Skoda car of the owner of a gym in industrial area,by picking his car keys. However,his act was caught on camera. The requirement of CCTV cameras becomes more pronounced,as the crime rate in city is on the rise. The Lake Club Gym,in particular,where visitors leave their car keys and mobiles casually,is vulnerable to such incidents by unchecked unscrupulous people. Balvinder,Chandigarh

No need to increase retirement age of govt employees

The proposal of the Punjab government to increase the retirement age from 58 to 60 is not acceptable. The proposal is being contemplated on the grounds that the government can use the rich and varied experience of employees and a huge amount of about Rs 2,000 crore,which will be paid as retiral benefits to a substantial number of retiring personnel in the next two years,will be saved are not plausible reasons. The retrial benefits will ultimately have to be paid to the employees even after two years. The GDP of the country has been going down by the day,socio-economic conditions of the state are very dismal and there is an alarming need to cater to the growing needs of employment. Owing to non-recruitment,most youngsters of the state indulge in unethical activities for which the state cannot escape its responsibility. Many unemployed youth go abroad where their plight is reportedly pitiable. Originally the retirement age of government employees has been fixed at 55 years,and till recently,the practice to give extension of three years,keeping in view the good work record,physical and mental fitness of employees has been in vogue. Since there is shortage of staff in every department and public services have received a serious jolt,more people should be hired and the retirement age should not be increased. S K Khosla,Chiandigarh

First published on: 27-08-2012 at 01:23:03 am
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