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This will automatically improve voter turnouts. There are many citizens who do not bother to enrol in voters’ lists.

By: Express News Service |
Updated: November 12, 2014 12:04:33 am

Compulsory voting

While the Gujarat government appears keen to usher in legislation on compulsory voting, it is also necessary to make sure all citizens are enrolled as voters. This will automatically improve voter turnouts. There are many citizens who do not bother to enrol in voters’ lists. It is also true that each time the voters’ list is released before elections, some citizens find themselves delisted. While imposing some penalty for not voting is welcome, it is absolutely essential that all citizens above the age of 18 are enrolled as voters.

— G.B. Prasad

Tax-eating termites

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The news of alleged tax evasion by Abhishek Manu Singhvi, a distinguished lawyer and Congress party spokesman, is highly disgraceful. His reported reply that all documents, including vouchers relating to income tax assessment, were eaten by termites in the office of his chartered accountant, is unconvincing and hollow. Is he suggesting this information is not stored in computers? Were the records of other clients of the same chartered accountant eaten by termites too? If the allegation of tax evasion is proved, his action should be met with appropriate punishment under the law.

— J.K. Mago

Time to act

In the Cabinet reshuffle and the portfolio-changes made by PM Narendra Modi, assigning the crucial Railways ministry to Suresh Prabhu is of significance (‘Suresh Prabhu gets going, asks officials to prepare white paper’, IE, November 11). The ministry badly needed a taskmaster to bring it back on track. Sadananda Gowda was seen as too soft-spoken and mild-mannered to crack the whip. Railways can act as an instrument of economic and social change and contribute to the nation’s development. The modernisation and expansion of the railways has been high on the PM’s agenda. Safety, security, cleanliness and hygiene are top commuter concerns. Many ambitious projects, like the dedicated freight corridor and the introduction of high speed bullet trains, need a decisive minister. Prabhu, it is hoped, will deliver on these fronts.

— Ganapathi Bhat
This refers to the editorial ‘Now MoDernise’ (IE, November 11). The prime minister has taken the right decision in bringing Manohar Parrikar to the defence ministry. Known for his integrity and decisiveness, Parrikar must be given some time to get acquainted with his portfolio. The areas that should invite his immediate attention are defence procurements and indigenous technology capabilities.In both, he must lend his ear to the needs and expertise of the three service chiefs rather than depending on bureaucrats in the ministry alone. With inputs from all concerned quarters, Parrikar must provide a fundamental overhaul of the ministry, without being a hawk.

— Parthasarathy Sen
New Delhi

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