Apropos of the report Too many Biharis here? Sheila is sorry she said so (May 10), being a federal polity, the Constitution puts no restriction on inter-state movement of people. Such statements only frustrate those who have left their homes and contributed to the development of the capital. If the leadership is so pained, it should ask the UPA government to make provision for basic civic facilities in the remotest corners of the country.
Nobody can be prevented from settling in any Indian city. Elected representatives have to make provisions for basic infrastructure for each person. All states must be developed economically. People should be given incentives to work in less developed states to stop migration to metros. This will eventually result in economic independence for citizens. Will our politicians and the authorities wake up and do the needful?
Bhairon Singh Shekhawat has put forward a cogent argument in Fielding hope (May 8) on why the agricultural sector in India is reeling under a 2 per cent growth rate, while the economic growth rate is 8 per cent. It is time the government takes effective action by implementing measures in order to meet growing domestic needs and tackle international competition.
Shekhawat says that parameters indicating agricultural growth should include the welfare of the farming community. Farmers should be equipped with modern agricultural machinery to ensure that Indian agricultural standards match international standards.
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