The government must grasp the nettle and give up posturing
The release of Sukma collector Alex Menon by the Maoists has generated much relief (Maoists give in to public opinion, release collector, May 4). But the official explanation that the Maoists released Menon because of public pressure is not credible. It is obvious that the Maoists are dictating terms and the sooner the government realises its weakness and takes effective measures, the better. An honest appraisal of the situation, rather than posturing, is the need of the hour.
RJ Khurana, Bhopal
A divided house cannot fight terror
With reference to the report It's still no to NCTC: States don't buy Centre's hardsell (May 6), there does not seem to be a way out of the logjam over the formation of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) because of the differences among the state governments and the Centre. If the Centre feels that the NCTC is in the interest of the country, it should sort out its difference with the states.
NR Ramachandran, Ooty
No affirmation of this action
This refers to the report SC/ST promotion quota: parties seek amendment (May 4). The quota system has become a tool for politicians to pander to their vote banks. The Supreme Court is right in contending that the benefits of reservation should not be applicable when it comes to promotions.
MC Bhardwaj, via email
In the report Proposal to hike price of blood by 140% (May 4), it is wrongly mentioned that the Rotary Blood Bank (RBB) charges Rs. 2,000 per unit of blood. Processing charges at RBB range from Rs. 1,100-1,500 per unit. RBB is a certified blood bank and issues free blood to poor patients in government hospitals, HIV patients and valid donor card-holders.
Dr Anju Verma, CMO, Rotary Blood Bank, Delhi