America’s snooping activities must prompt the UNHRC into action
With reference to the editorial No longer the land of the free (July 1), it is appalling that Indian security agencies knew that US National Security Agency’s surveillance systems had been snooping and intercepting emails and other supposedly secure cyber data on a regular basis since 2005-06. It is sad that Indian agencies, besides not trying to draw global attention towards America’s Big Brother attitude, failed to take any counter-measures. While other countries, including France and Germany, have been vocal in their protest against the US’s snooping activities, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid tried to play down the issue. The United Nations Human Rights Council must step in and ensure that this violation of the right to privacy and freedom of expression is ended at the earliest.
Vijay D Patil, Pune
Farmer too will reap the benefits
With reference to Milind Murugkar’s article There’s fertile ground for empowerment (July 1), I agree with the writer that reservations against the National Food Security Bill are totally unfounded. Farmers are already being and will be reimbursed for their produce with remunerative minimum support prices. Moreover, the Bill will ensure that the grain does not rot in warehouses as it will be the government’s legal duty to distribute it to the people. With no produce lying unsold, farmers will not suffer any losses.
-Shahla Mustafa, Patna
Invest in financial literacy now
With reference to the editorial You can bank on them (July 2), the banking penetration in rural areas is not low just because of the shortage of the number of banks. The Reserve Bank of India has allowed banks to establish ultra small branches in rural areas but a general lack of awareness about banking services and their advantages discourages people from opening bank accounts. We must realise that financial inclusion cannot be achieved without financial literacy.
-Udayan Singh, Delhi
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