The Railway Budget must stay on track to serve the nation
The editorial Indian, not TMC, Railways (Our Take, March 15) rightly points out that the Railway Budget should serve the nation and not any political party. We must applaud Dinesh Trivedi for presenting a forward-looking Railway Budget even at the cost of losing his Cabinet position. It is necessary to modernise the railway infrastructure to ensure the safety of passengers. The UPA must realise the dangers of having self-serving allies.
Siri Wasan, Noida
The way developments around this year’s Railway Budget sealed the fate of railway minister Dinesh Trivedi is unfortunate. A moderate hike in rail fares, given the overall rise in related infrastructure would not have mattered much to a common man. Being adamant on such issues will not help the cause of development in a growing nation like India. The matter should have been handled better, in a way agreeable to both parties.
Jyoti Krishan Verma, Delhi
Heal the health sector
The editorial A big worry for big pharma (Our Take, March 14) makes some excellent points about the pharmaceutical sector. There is no denying the fact that while availability and accessibility of life-saving drugs have been a concern for India, the overall state of medical care leaves a lot to be desired. The government must take necessary steps to revolutionise the delivery of health services. At the same time, the sale of life-sustaining drugs must be subsidised for the welfare of the poor.
Shreerprakash Sharma, via email
Speeding to destruction
With reference to the report 150kmph crash kills three DU students (March 14), the dangers of rash driving must be drilled into youngsters before they are issued licences.