It takes more than nitpicking and taking out yatras to fight graft
The editorial Pluck the lotus from the mud (Our Take, October 18) gives a timely warning to the BJP to set its house in order before accusing the Congress or any other party of nurturing corruption among its rank and file. It must critically analyse its internal problems and resolve them before the 2014 general elections. Corrupt BJP leaders should be expelled from the party and young politicians given a chance. The party needs to do more than just criticise the Congress or take out yatras if it wants to win people’s confidence.
SC Vaid, via email
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KumKum Dasgupta raises a genuine issue, which often goes unnoticed, through her article It’s got a nice ring to it (October 17). There is an urgent need to provide farmers timely and authentic information. It’s important to keep them updated on issues like natural disasters, crop diseases, prices and the changing trends in agriculture, so that they can take necessary measures to improve productivity. The Iffco Kisan Sanchar Limited programme that Dasgupta mentions looks promising. But it’ll be a success only if it’s cost-effective and well-marketed.
J George, Delhi
Squaring the circle rates
The Delhi government’s proposal to revise circle rates is welcome, as it will go a long way towards ending the existing disparity in the property rates in Delhi and NCR (Fresh hike in circle rates in offing, October 18). People are increasingly investing their black money in real estate. This is disturbing the supply-demand cycle and shooting up the property prices, thereby making it impossible for the middle class to own a house. The Delhi government should have revised the circle rates long ago. However, it’s better late than never.
Manjula Pal, Delhi