The budget is uncommonly silent on the common man's needs
With reference to the report PC offers growth tablet (March 1), though the Union budget for 2013-14 is being hailed as pragmatic and progressive, it has failed to address the concerns of the masses. There has been no effort by the government to reduce the scam-ridden Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) funds. Finance minister P Chidambaram did not mention how he plans to prevent the generation and circulation of black money. He talked about tax evasion which is just a part of the problem. At a time when it is estimated that unlawful wealth would exceed 10% or more of GDP, it is cruel to make the middle class pay more.
Shanmugam Mudaliar, Pune
Don't always take aim at the Army
With reference to the editorial A uniform response (February 27), there are no two views on the contention that crime against women needs to be dealt with in the strictest manner. A reference has been made in the editorial about army personnel's conduct in Kunan Pospora in 1991. No complaint was made to the police or Commanding Officer of the unit present at the site on the fateful day when the troops terminated a cordon and search operation. However, subsequently villagers accused a group of soldiers of misconduct. But an inquiry conducted by Wajahat Habibullah, the then Divisional Commissioner, concluded that the veracity of the complaint was highly doubtful. A team of the Press Council of India headed by BG Verghese carried out an independent inquiry into the incident but found no substance in the allegation. Undoubtedly, there have been instances wherein Army personnel have been accused of sexual crimes. All such cases are investigated promptly and where guilt established, exemplary punishment has been awarded. The Army does not, in any way, condone crime against women.
Maj Gen SL Narasimhan, AVSM VSM, Additional Directorate General, Public Information Integrated HQ of MoD (Army)