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Letters to the editor: Equally effective | The Indian Express

It’s really tragic that yet another train has caught fire so soon after the Bangalore-Nanded Express burst. Equally effective Apropos of the editorial ‘Opportunity lost’ (IE, January 14), constituting an Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) will not only displace other group-specific commissions but also also mean that its duties and functions will overlap with theirs. So instead of constituting an EOC, the minority affairs ministry should consolidate the National Commission for Minorities (NCM). The ministry can give the NCM the powers that the EOC would have and make sure that the commission remains true to its founding spirit and performs its duties honestly. An EOC is superfluous and will only make the existing system more complex. — Chetan Anand Meena Delhi. Suspect intentions The spurt of interest in the recommendations of the Sachar committee, just months before the general elections, throws into question the intentions of our political executive. Minority communities have long been used as instruments of political opportunism. The present government knows very well that any institution or law specific to the minority community is likely to invite opposition from the BJP. This would kill two birds with one stone. On one hand, the government would be able to skirt the responsibility of protecting the interests of minority communities and on the other hand, it could portray the BJP as a party working against the interests of such communities. — Rohit Vyas Ghaziabad. Won’t hold water This refers to ‘A leaky plan’ by Asit K. Biswas (IE, January 14). He has raised some pertinent issues about the role of the Delhi Jal Board and the acute water shortage faced by Delhiites. Rampant corruption in the DJB, water leakages and distribution losses add to the ever-growing problem. Even the new AAP government’s policy of providing 667 litres of free water for each household may be just partially successful in the present scenario, where there are so many non-metered and unauthorised water connections. Revamping the DJB could be one of the ways to ease  the bottlenecks. — S.K. Gupta Panchkula. Reaching out As observed in the editorial ‘Learning from Success’ (IE, January14), India can now lay claim to the status of a polio-free country. Long-term efforts have paid off. It is a matter of pride for us. India should now look to use the same strategy to counter other diseases that are prevalent here. However, India should also take this opportunity to help its neighbour, Pakistan, which is currently reeling under widespread wild polio. This will also help create a positive environment for bilateral talks. — Vibhu Mattoo Jammu.
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