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Hindustan Times
October 02, 2012
First Published: 21:30 IST(2/10/2012)
Last Updated: 21:32 IST(2/10/2012)

Low-cost generic drugs will be the tonic the poor need for good health
This refers to the editorial Much easier to swallow (October 2). The move to bring in a law to make it mandatory for doctors to prescribe low-cost generic medicines is commendable, as it will benefit millions of poor people in India. It’s the out-of-pocket healthcare exp-enses that often lead the poor, especially from rural areas for whom public healthcare is the only option, into for-ced penury. Not only will this reduce the burden on the common man, it will also stop the practice of doctors pocketing commissions from pharmaceutical companies. This move will str-engthen the public health system.
-MC Joshi, Lucknow

Quotas alone won’t help Muslims
The report Indian Muslims don’t fare well at all, says US report (October 1) doesn’t state anything new. In its report, the Sachar Committee had recorded that the state of Muslims was worse than that of the Dalits. But reservation is not a solution to this problem. It’s high time the government revisited social schemes for Muslims to ensure that they are aimed at uplifting only those who are deserving and needy.
-N Ramamurthy, via email

It’s a powerful suggestion
This refers to the report IAC’s campaign against rising bills (October 1). Arvind Kejriwal has rightly asked people to stop paying their electricity bills till the authorities concerned agree to give uninterrupted power at affordable prices. Why should consumers, who face six to eight hours of power outages every day, pay for the inefficiency of the various electricity boards and the power ministry?
-Vinode Mohindra, via email

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