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The concerns raised in the editorial (Right people for the right posts, Our Take, November 16) are quite genuine, if we are to arrest the deteriorating standards in public life that are damaging the Indian economy.

india Updated: Nov 16, 2010 21:35 IST

Select sincere, able ministers to ensure that targets are met
The concerns raised in the editorial (Right people for the right posts, Our Take, November 16) are quite genuine, if we are to arrest the deteriorating standards in public life that are damaging the Indian economy. Qualified, able and sincere ministers ensure the timely achievement of targets. Quotas should have no place in deciding who should get a job. Trying to fit a square peg in a round hole will end up damaging both.
S C Vaid, via email

II
Corruption has become rampant in the corridors of powers. Probity, morality and integrity have entirely vanished. The CAG report tabled in Parliament reportedly indicts the telecom minister and his ministry which had flouted all norms in the sale of the 2G spectrum. A thorough JPC probe is required to look into this ‘mother of all scams’. Those involved should be brought to book and the loss incurred to the exchequer should be recovered from the ineligible beneficiaries.
Sravana Ramachandran, Chennai

III
Ratan Tata's statement that a minister wanted Rs15 crore to allow the Tatas to set up a domestic airline is a shocking revelation (Tata blows whistle on corruption, November 16). If a business tycoon like Ratan Tata can be denied a licence for not paying a bribe, the plight of the rest of us can well be imagined. In the interest of the nation, Tata should reveal the names of the persons who were involved.
M.C.Joshi, Lucknow

Invest in children now
It is a matter of concern that India accounts for 20% of child deaths from pneumonia in the world (In critical condition, November 16). The future 'demographic dividend' must be protected from diarrhoea and pneumonia through adequate water supply, sanitation facilities and access to lifesaving interventions.
K.Venkataraman, Delhi