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The president must give up the land allotted to her in Pune

india Updated: Apr 17, 2012 22:02 IST

The president must give up the land allotted to her in Pune

The editorial A feeling of being at home (Our Take, April 16) correctly mentions that retired presidents, ministers and civil servants should not be allowed to cling on to their perks after they demit office. But in India, the political class and lawmakers feel that they can do so; in fact, they feel it is their right to corner such benefits. Since President Pratibha Patil’s post-retirement residence in the Pune cantonment area has led to so much controversy, she should step forward and give up the allotment. After all, she is the chief of the armed forces and any positive decision on her part will only enhance the value of the office she holds.

S Goyal, via email

Why is Mamata doing a Maya?

This refers to Vishwajyoti Ghosh’s article The lines are truly drawn now (April 16). West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is behaving like former UP chief minister Mayawati. Instead of taking criticism in her stride and working towards the goals she has set for herself, Mamata is getting involved in controversies. She must mend her ways before it is too late.

Anila Sumathy, via email

It is in society’s interest

Ashok Malik in Not quite a class act (April 16) highlights the problems that could arise due to reservation of seats in private schools for children from the poor sections. But this provision will go a long way towards providing better educational facilities to underprivileged students. Since the government’s reimbursement will not match the expenditure of the schools on students, they may pass on the burden to the parents of the remaining 75% of the children. In the interest of society, people should be ready to shoulder this burden.

SC Vaid, via email