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Concept of notary-public and oath-commissioners
Dear Editor, Notary Public and Oath Commissioners usually authenticate documents for an ‘extra’ fee without actually identifying authenticity of persons having signed the documents, a system prone to frauds and uselessly adding cost. It is time to altogether abolish concept of notary public and oath commissioners. Instead registered medical practitioners, lawyers, chartered-accountants and persons in other such categories apart from gazetted officers easily accessible to public should be empowered to attest documents where necessary. It will also be in tune with Central government’s steps to review of all laws of British era to end those colonial laws which have of no relevance now. Considering black-market and back-dated sale of stamp-papers, these must not be sold through private vendo...
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Farmer suicides-a serious concern
Dear Editor, This refers to your report “Frustrated farmer commits suicide in front of village office” (KT- June 26). Farmers' suicide is a national phenomenon though most cases go unreported. “Health” and “family problems” explain nearly half the suicides in the country. According to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture, the total of number of suicides committed by farmers for agrarian reasons in the last three years stands at 3313. Farmer suicides are a serious cause of concern for our country. It is indeed the farmer the feeds our nation. The suicides occurred overwhelmingly amongst cash crop farmers. Poverty and debt are likely a large part of the problem.As a percentage of the total populace, farmers declined by 7 percent during the last decade, and they now constitute less t...
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Abolish practice of revenue-stamps
Dear Editor, Presently revenue-stamp worth rupee one is required for receipts of amounts over a specified limit which is now rupees 5000 even though payment is made through banks. This is also a useless colonial practice which needs to be altogether abolished. Rather signed receipts become useless in case gumming of revenue-stamps is not proper, because major portion of signature vanishes in case poorly gummed revenue-stamp is somehow removed from the signed receipt with signature made on a revenue-stamp. Central government should replace revenue-stamps by specially printed Revenue-Stamp-Papers. Revenue-Stamp-Papers printed at Government’s security printing-press on lines of normal stamp-papers may be introduced at cost of say rupees one hundred for heavy transactions of say rupees 5000...
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Employees, the brand ambassadors for BOI
Dear Editor, Bank of India’s Executive Director Neelam Damodharan took over charge as Executive Director of Bank of India on 16th February, 2017 visited Gujarat recently. During his recent visit in Gujarat, he addressed the staff members of BOI in town hall meeting. Bank of India has taken a number of initiatives in a host of areas spanning from increasing the Customer base, enlarging the International footprint to delivering on the Social responsibility front for a sustainable growth. Bank is now more alive to customer needs and has been able to gear up further in extending customer-friendly services & innovative tailor made products at the most competitive pricing and is able to satisfy customers needs and demands. To this great institution, Mahatma Gandhi as well as other top politic...
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ID proof must for complaints against govt.
Dear Editor, Many persons including mainly from those involved in yellow journalism file complaints at times anonymous against government employees with dozens of copies marked to number of authorities like including President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice, Governor, Lt Governor, Chief Minister, Central Vigilance Commissioner, Police Commissioner....etc thus unnecessarily burdening the system with complaints at times non-genuine. Certain mischievous persons misuse name of known activists by sending such complaints under their names with forged signatures, which causes unnecessary embarrassments to those whose names are misused for sending such complaints. At times, targeted government-employees serve notices for defamation to those whose names were misused in filing complaints. Depar...
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Travel-Allowance bills of Meira Kumar
Dear Editor, It refers to copy of hand-written register provided by Lok Sabha Secretariat in respect of Travel-Allowance bills of the then Speaker Meira Kumar and others during earlier UPA regime. Surprisingly the air-tickets both for domestic and international flights were booked through private travel-agents mainly Kuoni Travels India private Limited rather than government-owned company Balmer Lawrie and Company Limited. It should be ensured that air-tickets booked at government-expense should be booked through government-owned company rather than private travel-agents except in cases of emergencies reasons for which should be clearly specified. An enquiry is necessary why Lok Sabha secretariat booked air-tickets through private travel-agent rather than government-owned company. Moreo...
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Re: GST -MRP Rules
Dear Editor, The GST is to be launched from July 1, 2017. The various taxes are combined into one which is a good measure but its compliance is not an easy task. It is too complex as it will require much more time even more than at present required for various taxes which are merged into GST. The worst part is it has high tax rates for most commodities. Minimum and simple forms must be provided for its compliance. It may even lead to inspector raj again! The utmost important is that there should no tax on necessities of life such as food at all levels. It must be a statutory provision under all the laws where taxes or service charges are added in the bills that must form part of displayed prices -all-inclusive including all taxes like GST etc. Do not allow taxes extra as applicable. Pun...
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Bilingual passports now in Hindi
Dear Editor, Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj deserves all compliments for announcing bilingual passports in Hindi in future in tune with other countries where in many countries passports are issued only in official language of the respective countries. Earlier she expressed her commitment for assuring passports within 50 kms of residence of the person applying for the passport. However giving concession of ten-percent in passport fees for children below eight years and senior citizens above 60 years is not needed because a passport is issued for a ten-year long period, and such a concession may not practically give any appreciable relief to the beneficiaries, while on the other hand it may unnecessarily reduce revenue-receipt for the exchequer. —Madhu Agrawal, 1775 K...
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RTI response on Meira Kumar
Dear Editor, RTI responses reveal that Meira Kumar used her ministerial post as Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment by setting up Babu Jagjiwan Ram National Foundation-BJRNF from funds available from the ministry. Main task of the foundation is to organise birth and death anniversaries of her late father Banu Jagjiwan Ram on 5th April and 6th July every year also at government-bungalow number 6 Krishna Menon Marg, New Delhi even when it was an unauthorised memorial of her father kept unauthorisedly encroached and trespassed, before it was allotted to Babu Jagjiwan Ram National Foundation in last days of earlier UPA government bypassing all norms set by the year 2000-notification of the Union Cabinet. Otherwise interest accumulated annually on the funds given to the Foundati...
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Dealing with Beggars
Dear Editor, Begging is a complex social problem with no quick fix. The way we come across various reports on begging brings out the fact that shows that beggars are so used to begging that they actually prefer not to work. There are Paisewaale Beggars which shows that many of them make more money from begging that what they would if they did work. In my opinion the beggars are on the streets because society has failed them. Our social and political systems have broken down and cannot therefore look after them. If you ask me should we give alms, my honest opinion will be a big “NO”. I have personally found that most of the beggars are not disabled. Most of them are able bodied. They can earn money by doing some sort of work. But they beg because they are lazy. They think that begging...
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Unemployment scenario ampalling
Dear Editor, As per government figures India is fast emerging economy in the world so much so that one day it will surpass China's economy which is second highest after U.S.A. CII report says that overall in India about 3.7 million jobs are created annually and about 10 to 12 million join the working population. It is worth nothing that India added just 1.35 lakh jobs in eight labour intensive sectors in 2015, compared to 9.3 lakh jobs that were created in 2011 according to the editorial of Kashmir Times dated 20th of May 2017. Union Labour and employment ministry downplays the gloomy job situation as being a temporary phase. The introduction of robots and automation in an increasing manner and the Indian companies will make it difficult for many medium level trained people to get jobs...
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ID proof must for complaints against Govt
Dear Editor, Many persons including mainly from those involved in yellow journalism file complaints at times anonymous against government employees with dozens of copies marked to number of authorities like including President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice, Governor, Lt Governor, Chief Minister, Central Vigilance Commissioner, Police Commissioner.. ..etc thus unnecessarily burdening the system with complaints at times non-genuine. Certain mischievous persons misuse name of known activists by sending such complaints under their names with forged signatures, which causes unnecessary embarrassments to those whose names are misused for sending such complaints. At times, targeted government-employees serve notices for defamation to those whose names were misused in filing complaints. Depart...
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Surgical strike on Lalu-family
Dear Editor, Income Tax Department deserves all compliments for its swift action of consolidated move to confiscate so many benami properties of family-members of fodder-scam tainted former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav including properties of his wife, sons, daughters and son-in-law. Perhaps it is for the first time in history of India that so many properties of a political family have been confiscated by Income Tax Department after Misa Bharti and her husband repeatedly defied Income Tax summons to deny opportunity for explanation. Income tax Department should auto-add on regular basis further more revelations of other properties of Lalu-family in list of confiscated properties as being exposed by opposition-leader in the state and others. Need is for super-fast completion of ...
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Kumble deserves Kudos
Dear Editor, It is surprising that Anil Kumble, a distinguished achiever as a player and as head coach of the Indian team for the last one year delivering outstanding results, has chosen to part ways from the National team with great dignity (KT- June 21 – “Anil Kumble steps down as Indian cricket Team Head coach”). He has shown his mettle as a strong "technician" of Cricket in the field, and a tough fighter. He has his emotional three years where he had to face opposition from members but pressed on with his agenda to improve cricket infrastructure at grassroots. He is a great person in the first place, a great cricketer and has all the qualities a leader should have. He hasn’t shied away from responsibility. He has experience and has shown great strength of character in difficult sit...
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Mamta’s pseudo-secularism
Dear Editor, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee is always in news for her pseudo-secular approach evidently for minority-appeasing for vote-bank politics when she first fixed monthly salaries for Imams and muazinns of mosques in the state, an order which was later turned down as unconstitutional by Calcutta High Court. Now she has appointed state Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim as the chairman of the newly formed Tarakeshwar Development Board-TDB in Hooghly district to take care of the 288-year old Tarakeshwar Shiva temple. Even self-acclaimed secular-lobby cannot logically justify Muslim as head of a Hindu-temple. At least a religious community must have head of the board taking care of religious institution from the same community. It seems being in news for pseudo-secu...
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High Courts still named after old city-names
Dear Editor, There was a move from Central government sometime in January 2015 for renaming Bombay High Court and Madras High Court after long years of renaming these cities as Mumbai and Chennai. But till now change is not affected. Even Calcutta High Court is to be renamed as Kolkatta High Court. It is significant that except for these three High Courts at Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata respectively, all other High Courts are named after states of their jurisdiction. An RTI response had revealed that while all the High Courts constituted after independence were named after respective main states of jurisdiction, these three High Courts constituted by British regime in pre-independence era continue to be named as per British legacy on basis of cities of their existence even after 70 long ...
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President of high stature
Dear Editor, The Indian Presidential election process is on. It would be better if a person of high stature like our present President Pranab Mukherjee is selected who can be non-political in the discharge of his duties as the President even if he at present belongs to any political party he must become practically a non-political person. The best would be unanimous choice of President, no elections. I would not recommend any person from Bollywood at least. An industrialist with national and patriotic bent of mind can be a suitable name for the highest position in India. And it would be better if the Presidential candidate understands ground realities of common men besides some economic and national and international politics too. The new elected President must follow Pranab Mukherjee in...
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VVIP monarchy not ending
Dear Editor, It refers to an office-order issued by Chief Medical and Health Officer-CMHO, Raipur district in BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh on 15.06.2017 directing presence of government-doctors at wedding-ceremony of Lavkesh Paikra, son of state Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra. Surprisingly such VVIP monarchy was criticized by BJP only recently when government-doctors were deployed at residence of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav by his minister son Tej Pratap Yadav holding also portfolio of health. Hooliganism by Parliamentarians in flights has also become almost a usual feature because of lack of punishment to the guilty Parliamentarian at first stage. Only removing red-light blinkers from car-tops can in no way mindset of our present-era monarch politicians. Rules should be tigh...
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