June 30, 2015 12:00:52 am
This refers to ‘Centre drafting ‘model’ law to make Bharat Swachh’ (IE, 29 June). The desired effect of this law will not be achieved unless proper infrastructure is provided at the grassroots level. Water shortages clog pipes, so people resort to defecating in the open. Voluntary compliance with instructions should be preferred to making laws. After all, laws on prohibition have not hindered bootleggers.
– S.C. Vaid, Greater Noida
Apropos the editorial ‘Well begun’ (IE, June 29). Cumulative rainfall of 19 per cent above average and its coverage of 90 per cent of the country is good news for everyone, especially farmers. But considering the drought years of 2002 and 2004, when rainfall was initially high, we should still be prepared for the worst. The government must place emphasis on conserving rainwater in dams and ordinary citizens must learn to be more judicious in consuming water.
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– Anmol Sharma, Navi Mumbai
With reference to the editorial ‘Takeover bid’ (IE, June 29), this government’s attempt to strip institutions like IITs and IIMs of their autonomy and reduce them to “governmental departments” is in sharp contrast to its promise of “minimum government, maximum governance”. This can adversely affect education and cause irreparable damage. It’s time the HRD ministry stopped holding institutional autonomy hostage to political interests.
– Shreyans Jain, New Delhi
Rohini Salian alleged that the NIA put pressure on her to “go soft” on saffron extremists ever since the BJP came to power. Her statements confirm the fear that the NIA, like the CBI, is only an instrument of the ruling dispensation. The BJP’s majority in the Lok Sabha was not an outcome of Hindutva. It was an endorsement for good governance and economic revival. The NIA has to salvage its reputation.
– J.S. Acharya, Hyderabad
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