Letter of the Week Award
To encourage quality reader intervention, The Indian Express offers the Letter of the Week award. The letter adjudged the best for the week is published every Saturday. Letters may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to The Indian Express, B-1/B, Sector 10, Noida-UP 201301.
Letter writers should mention their postal address and phone number. The winner receives books worth `1,000
Apropos the editorial, ‘Back to the wall’, (IE, July 8), the walls of the high-security prison were breached because of the usage of low-grade material by the PWD. Why build a prison when inmates can easily run away by destroying a wall supposed to confine them? Prisons house convicts charged with murder, rape and even terrorism. They can’t be allowed to run away. There should be no compromise with quality. Those involved must be punished so that others don’t compromise on quality.
Vibhu Mattoo, Jammu
Who’s to blame?
This refers to ‘Turned away by government hospitals, new-born dies’ (IE, July 8). Who is responsible for this death? The private hospital refused to treat the baby for want of money. The government hospitals refused to treat the baby for want of facilities. All this happens and all the government does is order an ex post facto probe. The real blame lies with us, the citizens of India, who allow such incidents to occur repeatedly through our apathy, insensitivity, silence and inaction.
Nivedita Dwivedi, Navi Mumbai
This refers to ‘You are creating havoc in society, NGT tells railways’ (IE, July 8). The National Green Tribunal has criticised the Indian Railways for lapses in proper disposal of garbage from trains. Passengers throwing their garbage out of windows of moving trains are a major cause of the problem. But railway caterers are also to blame. They routinely toss out large amounts of rubbish from moving trains. The catering staff claim they have been given instructions to do so and that there are designated garbage-throwing areas. However, the staff throw out rubbish as and when they please. The NGT needs to take a closer look at this problem.
Meghant Sudan, New Delhi
Just as the legislative machinery of India is faltering in some areas, the judiciary is failing to ensure adherence to its judgments (‘Police reformer of India’ by Prakash Singh, IE, July 8). The disregard shown by the government by not giving effect to the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court lowers the esteem in which the police forces are held. The apex court needs to follow up on the reforms suggested for the police and the civil services in order to reclaim the faith and confidence of the public and of the officers in the Indian administration.
Jasleen Kaur, New Delhi