Economic reforms on paper are not enough, we need governance too
The editorial Plug the leaky welfare pipes (Our Take, September 25) has aptly suggested that the next stage of reforms the country needs has more to do with the delivery of governance than any specific section of the economy. It is the sad state of governance that prevents the benefits of public welfare schemes from trickling down to the poorest and the weakest. Poor regulations and corruption at every level hinder the effective implementation of schemes like the public distribution system. It may be recalled that how biometric attendance systems had traced fake employees in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. Thus, to weed out corruption, the State must make the best of information technology.
Giriwar Nandan, via email
Don't take the aam aadmi for a ride
This refers to Sitaram Yechury's article A claim to shame (Left Hand Drive, September 25). Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's address to the nation justifying the hike in diesel prices and the cap on cooking gas cylinders was simply ludicrous. While Walmart, the world's largest retailer, is facing opposition from local unions in New York, Singh is convincing us that foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail will create jobs in India. It's high time that the prime minister and his government stopped taking the aam aadmi for a ride.
SS Sidhu, Delhi
Pak must promise action on terror
This refers to Ayesha Siddiqa's article Inch by painful inch (The Otherside, September 24). Recent developments between Pakistan and India like a new visa pact, cricket matches and trade agreement infuse confidence in the minds of the people of both countries that bilateral relations are improving. However, until Pakistan acts against terrorism, these developments will be reduced to mere tokenism.
S Saravana Durai, Mumbai
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