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india Updated: Dec 13, 2011 23:03 IST
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Putting food on people's plates should be on the State's menu
Harsh Mander's article Unpalatable truths (Democracy Wall, December 13) strengthens the case for the early passage of the National Food Security Bill in Parliament. Along with its passage, the government should also take immediate measures to improve and expand the public distribution system so that the poor can procure quality food at low rates. If state governments cannot run soup kitchens due to financial pressure, they should try to experiment with food coupons. It is sad that the government thinks that religious charities are enough to take care of the masses. It should realise that the final duty rests with the government and it should shoulder that responsibility.
Sudipta Das, Kolkata

Disregarding rules is the rule here
With reference to the editorial Indian lives are cheaper (Our Take, December 12), the AMRI Hospital fire in Kolkata is indeed shocking. But unfortunately, we never learn from such tragedies. This is not the first time we have had such horrific accidents, yet state governments have not managed to implement the fire rules. Indians have a tendency to disregard rules because there is no fear of punishment. This must change to make the country safe.
Rajan Kalia, via email

Time to burst this bubble
The report Bubble wrap is govt's cold comfort for poor (December 11), I am truly shocked to read that bubble wraps are being distributed to the poor as a substitute for blankets. This only shows the Delhi government's insensitive attitude towards the poorer sections of society. On the one hand, the government has banned plastics and on the other, it is encouraging its use.
Ashish Rai, via email