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The PM should also initiate measures to bring the CBI back under the ambit of the RTI.

December 2, 2014 12:47:35 am

This refers to ‘CBI in the sunlight’ by A.N. Tiwari (IE, November 28). The day-to-day working of India’s top investigative agency cannot be shrouded in secrecy. The CBI’s slackening investigative abilities are worrying. Transparency and accountability have never been the CBI’s strengths. The agency needs an honest, uncompromising and fearless person as its director. The character of the person who succeeds Ranjit Sinha will also throw much light on whether the NDA government is eager to seize the moment and set things right. Is the Narendra Modi government willing to change the people’s perception that governments are not eager to have an assertive CBI? By going for a non-pliable CBI chief, the PM would be taking a bold step to set the caged parrot free. The PM should also initiate measures to bring the CBI back under the ambit of the RTI.
— Ganapathi Bhat

Pulling your weight
Apropos ‘Hope and audacity’ (IE, November 30) by Tavleen Singh, it is not expected that responsible government servants or ministers report late for duty or waste precious time in taking long lunch breaks. In the past, some government employees have even been observed playing cards after extended lunch hours. No stick should be required to discipline these officials. India is yearning to be a superpower in the near future. In order for this to happen, everyone has to work hard. We demand efficiency and good administration from the new government. Let India be prosperous, let there be no disease, hunger or malnutrition.
— Sharda Bhargav

Potholed predilection
This refers to ‘Unsafe roads’ (IE, December 1). Around five lakh accidents take place on our roads every year. Road-accident fatalities in India constitute around 10 per cent of the world total. But making airbags in cars mandatory is not the only solution. Wearing helmets is not a cure-all either. From just over a few thousand vehicles chugging at 30 miles per hour, today Pune has over three million vehicles jostling for space to park and gaps to plod along ill-designed, potholed roads. Helmets and airbags may reduce fatalities but we urgently need road-widening, too. The whole roadways system needs a revamp.
— V.H. Karmarkar

Reaching out
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Northeast was timely and much-needed. The Northeast has been neglected for long years by the Central government, which has a lethargic attitude towards it. Infrastructure must be created on a war footing. Reaching out to insurgent groups and dealing with them in clearer terms cannot be over-emphasised.
— Aatish Sharma

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