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Legitimate demands

The indefinite strike by SBI employees has caused great inconvenience to its clients (Banking on trouble, April 7). But the employees? demands appears to be legitimate.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 01:35 IST

The indefinite strike by SBI employees has caused great inconvenience to its clients (Banking on trouble, April 7). But the employees’ demands appears to be legitimate. Normally, a government employee’s pension is fixed on the basis of the last pay drawn by him, whereas in the case of an SBI employee, this is not so. This anomaly needs to be addressed. Surprisingly, leaders of the Left Front, considered to be votaries of unionism, have so far not supported the cause of SBI employees.

Finance Ministry officials should join the negotiations at the earliest to resolve the issue so that the general public does not suffer anymore.

C.P. Chinda
Delhi

Go on merit

The government’s move on quotas will hurt all meritorious students. Does it realise that in order to win votes and appease the SC, ST, OBCs, it is strangulating deserving students? On the one hand, the government wanted to revamp the education system and reduce pressure. But this move will affect students from the school to post-graduate level.
It will only reduce quality of education. The government needs to remember that in order to uplift a certain segment, it cannot discriminate against the rest.

Aditi Shukla
via e-mail

Electricity shock

Jagmohan, in his article A capital mess (April 7), has erroneously stated that Delhi’s daily shortage of electricity is to the tune of 1,000 MW. In fact, Delhi is reeling under a shortfall of about 10,000 MW. As a result, Delhiites have started suffering from long hours of power cuts already. It is hoped that with the commissioning of  new power plants, the capital will be a better place to live in by 2010.

Hemant Kumar
Delhi

Red card for Bengal

Apropos of Sitaram Yechury’s article Restoring Bengal (April 6), it’s evident that statistical figures are toys in the hands of politicians. We know Bengal is a Communist mess and its economy is only better than that of Bihar. More than two decades of Communist rule has brought this upon the state. Yechury blames the increasing population for Bengal’s economic stagnation. He forgets that the problem lies in misgovernance.

Ravinder Rana
via e-mail

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