LPG move unacceptable
This has reference to LPG: Pay in full,get your subsidy later (Pune Newsline,May 1).
The government move to make LPG consumers pay non-subsidised rate of around Rs 900 even for the nine cylinders they are entitled to at subsidised rate of Rs 450 per cylinder deserves condemnation.
In this era of skyrocketing prices of essential commodities,when salaried employees are struggling to set apart even Rs 450 per month for LPG cylinder,the case of people without a steady income is worse.
In another news in the same of issue of Pune Newsline,it is mentioned that implementation of Aadhaar has been only around 45% in Pune district. Taking,on an average,that a family has 4 members,19.5 lakh LPG consumers remain to be covered under Aadhaar.
Considering the snails pace at which Aadhaar enrollment has been going on,it may take another year,if not more,to cover them. This will mean Rs.87.75 crore (Rs 450 x 19.5 lakh consumers) of LPG consumers of Pune will be held up with the government until these consumers are covered under Aadhaar. If the government fails to reimburse subsidy to LPG consumers within a reasonable time,say 10 days of purchasing cylinders at non-subsidized rates,they should be paid interest until the date on which the subsidy is reimbursed to them.
M N VIJAYAN
Sarabjit Singh more than a martyr
Sarabjit Singh has become more than a martyr by enduring the extreme anxiety,mental torture,depression and physical torture for more than 23 years in the prison of an unfriendly country. In fact,he has become a Sant or Saint by undergoing terrible suffering in prison life.
I had the opportunity to serve as Honorary Counsellor for few years for Convicts in the Death Row (Phasi Gate) in Yerawada Prisons. Therefore,I have witnessed the agony of those waiting for favourable disposal of their mercy petitions pending in Rashtrapati Bhavan for indefinite periods in some cases. Their psychological torture cannot be explained in words as they spend decades without proper sleep and appetite,the noose heavy on their minds,all the while.
The Government of India awarded Bharat Ratna to Nelson Mandela,when he was in prison,for his long years of suffering without hope of getting released alive.
So,the demand for posthumous honour for Sarabjit Singh is natural justice.
In addition,a prominent road in the Capital should be named after him. Last but not the least,let us all pray that his soul rest in peace and that his close family members have the strength and courage to bear this huge grief.
Near Sant Hospital