This refers to Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s ‘Know your ministries’ (IE, June 9). Though the article about how various ministries function in India was written in a light vein, it is absolutely true that they do the opposite of what their name suggests. Most ministries are otiose and their absence, rather than their presence, would be useful. More often than not, they prove to be roadblocks rather than facilitators in policy matters. It is also true that in most cases, the distribution of ministries is like carving up the spoils of war.
Too much confusion
Apropos of ‘DGP faces flak but many gaps in Badaun girls’ murder probe’ (IE, June 9), yielding to the pressure of the victims’ family and various political parties, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has agreed to recommend a CBI inquiry. The media is free to draw its own conclusions, but the head of the UP police should certainly not have caused confusion by publicly talking about various theories. It is up to the investigators to find out the truth by scrutinising the evidence available.
This refers to ‘Naidu is CM, acts first on loan waivers’ (IE, June 9). There is no doubt that Chandrababu Naidu deserves all the credit for leading the TDP-BJP to victory in Seemandhra. But Naidu’s pledge to write off bank loans to farmers and women’s self-help groups is ill advised. This needs to be opposed tooth and nail by the Narendra Modi government. It is estimated that this loan waiver stunt will cost the government a colossal Rs 54,000 crore. it is almost certain that Naidu will approach the Union government for financial assistance. The Modi government should not succumb to Naidu’s entreaties. The Central government needs to put its foot down and refuse to give into any such demands from other states as well.
This refers to the editorial ‘The Rajasthan route’ (IE, June 9). Scores of archaic provisions in our existing labour laws, which act as great stumbling blocks for industrial growth and job creation, deserve to be repealed. The decision of the Rajasthan government to bring in amendments to Central labour laws is a step in the right direction. It is imperative for the state and Union governments to revisit labour laws with the twin objectives of making them industry friendly and protecting the basic rights of workers.