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SurferSpeak: Compensate the trader

Surfers feel the government should go after the 'big fish' showroom trader.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2006 20:29 IST

With the sealing drive in Delhi still very much on the anvil surfers seem to be divided on the issue.

We asked our surfers if the people affected by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi's sealing drive should be given compensation. Some surfers were categorical in the denial of any compensation. However, there were those who were sympathetic towards the fate of such traders and insisted the smaller traders and shop owners should be compensated.

Here's how the responses went.

VK Mehra of New Delhi, India felt the law of the land must prevail.

"It has become fashionable to sympathise with law-breakers. The city has been raped and mauled over the years with the connivance of MCD officials, politicians and the police. Each of these has made huge sums of money and so have building mafia and illegal users."

"To talk of compensation to such people is to insult ordinary law-abiding citizens and specially those who have had the courage of conviction of filing PIL against such well-entrenched establishments. The laws of the land should be followed in letter and spirit."

KS Gahunia from New Delhi, India also agreed that no compensation should be given.

"I feel no compensation should be given to people affected in the sealing drive. Citizens have made a mockery of law and order in our country. It is high time the laws of the land are imposed. If we wish to have a better place to live law and order should prevail."

However not everybody thought so. Many wrote to say that the "big fish" should be isolated while smaller traders should be compensated.

New Delhi's NK Lamba said, "Yes, compensation should be given to small shops owners not to the people with big showrooms, the so-called big fish. These owners and people in MCD/DDA who help them should be penalised."

Nitin of New Delhi, India too was sympathetic towards the traders.

"Supreme Court is acting as if it is an elected governing body. It should not be forgotten that courts are meant to enforce law, not form them."

Asha from New Delhi felt this is what judiciary needs at this juncture:

* To instruct Government of India to generate ample educational and subsequent employment opportunities and if that is not possible, at least provide sufficient money as subsistence allowance like it is done in European countries and USA and then order demolition.

* Ask the government to prepare a list of colonies which are highly notorious in violating norms. If the judiciary is not satisfied with the list of colonies provided by the government, it could specify the colonies that it thinks are trouble-makers and then again ask government to consider them adding to the list of rogue colonies.

* Judiciary may even ask the government to suggest stringent action against the violators of the norms. Judiciary must fix time limit for presentation of such lists and proposed action against the violators. Once it is done by the legislators themselves, the public will get disciplined on its own because what is required is to discipline the law makers. Anyways, the violators are rich people and the court's hammer falls on the innocent poor common men who are normally law-abiding citizens.

All views and opinions presented in this article are solely those of the surfers and do not necessarily represent those of

First Published: Sep 26, 2006 11:48 IST