Factor in the safeguards now to make the N-Bill effective
With reference to A moral meltdown (Left Hand Drive, August 31) Sitaram Yechury's objection that the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill, in its present form, favours foreign, private players is justified. Even after 26 years, the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy haven't received due compensation. To prevent a similar situation from arising in the future, the government should include more stringent provisions regarding suppliers' and operators' liabilities in the Bill. Criticising the prime minister alone won't help. Yechury should also advise the government on how the Bill can be made more beneficial for the aam aadmi.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai
As always, Yechury accuses both the Congress and the BJP of not going by the book even though both parties have different opinions on the Bill. It was only after the government amended the Bill, as sought by the BJP, that both the Houses passed it. The Left shouldn't have withdrawn its support from the UPA if it wanted to play an active role in the framing and the passage of the Bill. Sadly, Yechury's doublespeak has few takers.
Ashish Rai, via email
This needs unique planning
With reference to Reetika Khera's article Not all that unique (August 30), though the unique identification project is both ambitious and praiseworthy, it seems that the scheme has been drafted badly. It claims to root out problems like corruption from the system, but the officials concerned are silent on the how they will make it work. The entire exercise of providing a unique identity to billions of people won't deliver desired results till every aspect of it is properly planned.
Moti Singh, Bhopal
Rahul Gandhi to UPA's rescue
Pankaj Vohra in It's over now to Rahul's generation (Between Us, August 30) rightly states that it's high time Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi took over the leadership of the Congress Parliamentary Party and assumed more responsibility in the organisation. The UPA government's popularity is plummeting, as many of its policies have failed. Be it dealing with violence in Kashmir, the rising prices , the Commonwealth Games scam or Naxalism, the UPA is yet to prove its mettle. We need young, honest and hardworking politicians like Rahul Gandhi to steer the country towards growth.
Vinod Tyagi, Delhi
It's pregnant with promise
This refers to Nandini R. Iyer's report Proposal to financially support pregnant women (August 27). The Planning Commission's proposal to give R4,000 each to approximately 14 lakh pregnant women will go a long way towards bringing down the infant mortality rate. The proposed scheme will also address the problem of malnutrition among both expectant mothers and newborns.
SP Sharma, via email
We are not game for scams
Various cricketing scams over the years have taken a toll on the reputation of the gentleman's game (In a real fix now, The Pundit, August 31). The latest controversy around the alleged involvement of seven Pakistani cricketers in spot-fixing should spur the International Cricket Council to take stern action against them. It should impose a lifetime ban on the guilty to ensure that other players don't resort to such malpractices.
Siri Wasan, Noida