Today's letters

Today's letters

Illegal alllotment


Thank you for highlighting the illegal activities of the Vyalikaval Housing Society, 'Housing co-op flouted laws '(DH, Oct 3)

For more than two-and-a-half decades, more than 500 members are awaiting allotment of sites in the Vyalikaval Housing Society layout at Nagavara, even though most of us paid the full amount in 1956.  I hold a certificate saying that I own a 60 X 40 site but every time I visit the society's office, I am told that the plots have not been distributed yet.

Now it has come to light that plots have been allotted to Justice Shivaraj Patil's wife (that too on her brother's account.) and some politicians' kin .  It would be  interesting to know what "honest" tactics were applied to achieve this miracle!  

Peter S. C. Pothan
Bangalore 560043

Medical scam

Sir, This is with reference to ‘Medical colleges in proxy sleaze’ (DH, October 3). Hats off to the City Crime Branch (CCB) of police for unearthing the seat selling scam in the city-based private medical college involving a whopping Rs 300 crore. Having zeroed in on the scandal, CCB, should now expose the conspirators involved in such scams.

H P Murali

Whose wealth?

Recently while I was in the USA, I came across a news report of much relevance not only to the Mining Bill but also to your editorial, 'Towards inclusion' (DH, October 3). The report said 6,47,549 Alaskans, including new borns, had become eligible to share  state’s royalty from exploitation of its oil wealth.  Each Alaskan would be reportedly given a cheque for $1,174.

The Indian mining bill proposes to put the royalties from mining operations into some sort of a pool. But the fear is that politicians will dip their fingers into the pool and no tribal owner of the affected land would ever get to see any cash.

S. N. Balasubrahmanyam

Injustice to the teachers


This is with reference to ‘5 lakh varsity teachers still waiting for arrears’ (DH, October 2). The news gives wrong information by saying that none of the states has given UGC pay revision arrears to the teachers. The government of Tamil Nadu paid arrears to its college and university teachers in three installments many months ago.

I believe a political lobby with vested interest is behind this delay. The state government should pay the arrears along with reasonable interest immediately.

Prof. M.Maheen

Planners in ivory tower

This refers to the article 'Montek may review BPL benchmark' (DH, October 2). The Planning Commission’s guidelines on poverty shows that it has locked up itself in an ivory tower and lost touch with reality.

These indices for poverty are a sham and show no application of mind. The Planning Commission has become a refuge for those who have retired from government service. Such people should be sent home to tend to their gardens in peace.

S Kamat AG


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