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The reshuffle is an employment guarantee scheme

With reference to the editorial A shuffle, not a reshuffle (Our Take, January 20), Cabinet reshuffles hardly make news these days because Indian voters understand that they are just cosmetic changes to keep the coalition balance steady.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2011 10:17 PM IST

The reshuffle is an employment guarantee scheme

With reference to the editorial A shuffle, not a reshuffle (Our Take, January 20), Cabinet reshuffles hardly make news these days because Indian voters understand that they are just cosmetic changes to keep the coalition balance steady. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi must realise that the voters are not fools and we understand that the recent changes were made with an eye on the assembly elections in Kerala. This is a wrong way of administering the country and the repercussions of keeping non-performing ministers in the Cabinet will be visible in the coming years. The Congress has no dearth of young leaders and the Prime Minister and the Congress chief must give them a chance when the next reshuffle happens.

Ratan Sharga, Lucknow

Draw the roadmap now

With reference to Ashok Malik’s Losing sight of reality (January 19), the Commonwealth Games and 2G scams have ruined the UPA 2 and it could lose power in the next general elections. If it wants to retain power in the 2014 polls and put up a credible show in the next round of assembly elections that are due in Kerala and Bengal in mid-2011, the government needs to improve its performance drastically. Without losing time, the central government must take strict steps to check corruption, the soaring food prices, put a ban on hoarding and black-marketing of food products.

Yogesh Pandey, Delhi

Deconstructing Adarsh

With reference to the editorial Built on a house of cards (Our Take, January 18), environment and forests minister Jairam Ramesh’s decision to demolish the Adarsh housing society in Mumbai is a welcome sign. The environment minister’s decision is a victory for poor citizens and is a big lesson for the rich and powerful of the country. The Adarsh housing society not only violated the Coastal Regulation Zone norms but also the Environment Protection Act. Now, the people involved in this case must be prosecuted and put behind bars without delay.

Aslam Alam, Mumbai

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Ramesh deserves to be complimented for ordering the demolition of Mumbai’s Adarsh housing society. He has sent out a clear signal that violations of green norms will not be tolerated. The order, we hope, will instill fear in the hearts of the corrupt builders lobby and also the bureaucracy. It might also end up paving the way for the demolition of other major illegal projects that are already under construction in the metropolis.

Daksha Jaisal Kishore, Mumbai

Clean-up begins with us

This has reference to Murad Ali Baig’s article The steel frame is rusting (January 19). It is pity that the people who are a part of the political and bureaucratic set-up in India are so corrupt. I think corruption should be rooted out first at an individual level: we must stop paying bribes and flouting traffic rules. Then only can our governance system be cleaned up.

Namita Gupta, via email

Catch-them-young policy

The report Teens accelerate to a life of crime (January 21) was really shocking. The involvement of young adults in heinous crimes has become a serious and common problem in the metros. The police must deal with these offenders strictly and impose heavy penalties. Besides, authorities must post constables outside schools. This will force the senior school students to think twice before breaking the law.

Gurdeep Singh, Bhopal

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