With reference to the report Pranab sells a sop story (July 7), the increased tax limit that the finance minister announced in this year’s Budget is much less than what was expected. Only when taxpayers have more money with them will there be a boost in stock demand. It will stabilise our recession-affected economy. However, setting aside Rs 3,472 crore for the Commonwealth Games and granting Rs 3,247 crore to strengthen public transport in the Capital are welcome.
RAJESH PIPLANI, via email
More funds for the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, minority development, education and modernisation of the defence and the police forces in this year’s Budget are welcome. An increase in income tax exemption and scrapping surcharge on income tax would put more money in people’s pockets. Having said that, one should not attach much importance to this Budget, as there will be another, proper one in six months.
Aim for inclusive growth
This is with reference to Ashutosh Varshney’s article Now for India to walk on two legs (July 7). It is the responsibility of the UPA government to work towards the betterment of the underprivileged section of society. A BPL figure of less than 10-15 per cent is as important as aiming for a GDP growth rate of 9-10 per cent. It is high time the government bridges the economic divide, which is the root cause of all problems. This should be the underlying principle behind every government policy.
Janaki Narayanan, Ghaziabad
A step-by-step approach
I agree with Nayanjot Lahiri’s views on the need of education reforms, as expressed in Learn before you teach (July 6). Our education sector is in dire need of reforms. But that doesn’t mean we should rush the process. The HRD minister should first focus only on school education and try to make it as student-friendly as possible. The proposal to scrap Class 10 board exams should also be reconsidered. There should be a uniformity in school curricula across the country.
Nisha Tyagi, Delhi
Just say no to homosexuality
The Indian society isn’t yet ready to accept homosexuality. Just like social and cultural values, even sexual preferences have the ability to unite or split a society. The apex court, therefore, should overrule the Delhi High Court judgement and criminalise homosexuality again. It is heartening that religious groups are uniting against the judgement. This is necessary to preserve our heritage. We should not let homosexuality flourish in our land. The special status being given to homosexuals is wrong and unethical. The government shouldn’t let them feel privileged when they don’t deserve it.
Usama Imran Zaakir, via email
Homosexuality is against the rules of nature and is a sin. It is a perversion which has been imported from the West. It goes against the norms of Indian society and the institution of marriage. It should be opposed by everyone. By legalising it, our judiciary has made a mistake. The Delhi High Court judgment should be challenged in the Supreme Court.
PN Shali, Noida