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india Updated: Sep 24, 2013 21:39 IST

Little focus is given towards making our roads safer

With reference to Ramchandra Guha’s This neglect is tragic (September 24), the problem will remain so as long as the issuing of a driving licence remains a mere formality. In many cases, licences can be obtained even if the person is not present to take the mandatory driving tests. While the government takes pride in its so-called achievements, little focus is paid towards making our roads safer. The lax attitude towards lives lost in road accidents is proof that the government does not value the lives of ordinary people. The traffic laws should be implemented strictly and motorists should be aware of their personal safety.

Anita Hada Sangwan, Jaipur

It is shocking to know that netas support khaps panchayats

With reference to A conspiracy of silence (September 24), it is a matter of concern that, in the 21st century, cases of honour killing are on the rise and are being supported by khap panchayats. The recent case in Rohtak of the brutal murder of a young couple from the same gotra who wanted to get married shows that there are people who still live in the dark ages of ignorance and lawlessness. It is really shameful and shocking to read the comments of Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda who, instead of criticising the khap panchayats, has supported them.

Kiran Sabharwal, via email

Only Indian nationals should benefit from government schemes

This is with reference to Aadhaar not a must, says SC (September 24), while the interim order of the Supreme Court makes the Aadhaar card not mandatory as far as the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) is concerned, its apprehension that such cards could be issued to people who are not Indian nationals is well merited. The government will be able to save crores of rupees in the subsidy bill by confining the DBT benefits on the criterion of nationality, rather than of residency. Steps must be taken to evolve a single identity card scheme, instead of creating different cards for different schemes and leading to wasteful expenditure.

DR Gulati, via email

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