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The food security bill is a recipe for disaster for the economy

This refers to Jean Dreze’s article Hunger must go (December 22). A popular lesson in morality tells us that to satisfy someone’s hunger once, we can donate some food but to satisfy his hunger forever, he must be taught how to earn it.

india Updated: Dec 23, 2011 23:41 IST

The food security bill is a recipe for disaster for the economy


This refers to Jean Dreze’s article Hunger must go (December 22). A popular lesson in morality tells us that to satisfy someone’s hunger once, we can donate some food but to satisfy his hunger forever, he must be taught how to earn it. The food security bill is a reminder that we have lost sight of this truth. Such legislation is not only disastrous for our developing economy but will also increase the scope for corruption.
Ruchi Ahuja, Delhi

Bonding beyond borders


With reference to Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s argument in Watch these spaces (Incidentally, December 17), there seems to be no end to the demands for the creation of new states. Such dema-nds for statehood appear to originate from rural areas where society rema-ins feudal but the agenda is hijacked by urban actors. A new states reorganisation commission is a welcome idea, but it should begin by empowering panchayats and municipalities rather than redrawing state boundaries.
Sudipta Das, via email

Towards a life of dignity


This refers to the report Inflation-hit seniors want to work, earn (December 21). There is no reason why pension received by a retired person should be taxed, after a lifetime spent paying taxes on salaries and contributing towards the national fund. The government should make pension and interest on deposit tax-free so that senior citizens are able to lead a dignified life.
AK Bundi, via email

Hazare’s having the last laugh


The Lokpal episode has only one winner, Anna Hazare (Lokpal Bill debate, December 21). Whether the lokpal will curb corruption or not is anybody’s guess but it is a failure of the system that we needed another legislation to check graft.
VN Kesavan, via email

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