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Letters to the editor: CMs take note

It shows that they have learnt their lesson from the Super Cyclone of 1999.


October 19, 2013 5:24:24 am

CMs take note

This refers to ‘Turning point Phailin’ by Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda (IE,October 14). The preparedness of the Odisha administration and its efforts to mitigate a disaster of the magnitude of Phailin are commendable. It shows that they have learnt their lesson from the Super Cyclone of 1999. To see administrations learn from their mistakes is refreshing in India. The handling of Phailin also highlights how vital coordination between Central and state government agencies is to contain a calamity. This is the type of administration and governance we want and need. Various other chief ministers need to take note. It is hoped that the Odisha government can now successfully and efficiently conduct follow up operations —

the rehabilitation of displaced persons and containing the spread of communicable diseases.

— Ravi Aswani

Pilani

Hot money

This refers to ‘Switzerland to share tax info with India,others’ (IE,October 16). The news that India will soon have access to the names of people who hold undeclared Swiss bank accounts has been doing the rounds for a while now. It has been in the air for so long that it is quite unlikely that there is still undeclared Indian money in the Swiss banking network. Indian black money must have found its way to new

safe havens,of which there are several.

— S. Rajagopalan

Chennai

What’s in a name

The editorial ‘The name is Gandhi’ (IE,October 18) succinctly describes how several Central and state schemes have crudely been named after members of the Nehru-Gandhi family. It is the duty of the state to ensure the welfare of its people. The Congress,however,projects welfare schemes as the benevolent charity of its first family,a great favour for which it must be repaid electorally. The fact that the benefits of several of these schemes fail to reach their intended beneficiaries and end up fattening middlemen should be of greater concern than the name of the scheme. The ruling dispensation has become synonymous with corruption. What we need is a clean and efficient government rather than a tainted administration which tries to get cheap publicity off the back of government money.

— Kiran Yadav

Etah

New crop

The credit for Team India’s fantastic victory on Wednesday,in Jaipur,when it beat Australia by successfully chasing down the tremendous target of 360 runs,is a credit to the new,young crop of cricketers. Specifically,the trio comprising Shikhar Dhawan,Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli must be profusely congratulated for this magnificent victory. Dhawan,scoring 95 runs off 86 balls,and Kohli,scoring 100 runs off 52 balls,set the Sawai Mansingh Stadium ablaze. This match will be one of Kohli’s most memorable ones. He will go down in the record books for having scored the fastest century of any Indian. Hopefully,the remaining matches will be played with similar spirit and determination.

— Dilbag Rai

Chandigarh

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