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A no work, no pay policy may get Parliament working

india Updated: Nov 25, 2012 22:52 IST

A no work, no pay policy may get Parliament working
This refers to the editorial Work hardly a priority here (Our Take, November 23). With disruptions affecting the government’s business and causing adjournments in Parliament, it seems the winter session too will get wasted the way the previous monsoon session was. The government and the Opposition are equally responsible for this stalemate. The way Parliament is functioning, rather not functioning, suggests that the time has come to implement a no work, no pay policy for parliamentarians. Not only will this save the exchequer crores of rupees, this will discipline parliamentarians who disrupt the House for political gains.
N Ramamurthy, Chennai

The ongoing parliamentary logjam is worrying because this is undermining the tenets of democracy. The Opposition, especially the BJP, must realise that a dysfunctional Parliament will not serve any purpose. In order to make the government accountable, it must let Parliament function. It is high time political parties put national interest first.
Ramesh Sinha, Gurgaon

Sarabjit is not a terrorist
This refers to the report Imran Khan’s party wants death for Sarabjit (November 22). Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek Insaf Party’s demand that Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who has been on a death row for over 20 years, be sent to gallows in retaliation to Ajmal Kasab’s hanging is misplaced. It would be wrong to compare the two different cases. Singh’s case is of mistaken identity and none of the four FIRs lodged in regard to the bombings contained his name or his description whereas the world saw on TV what Kasab did to scores of innocent people.
Hansraj Bhat, Mumbai