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No engagement with Rajasthan power board

Published: August 15, 2015 12:37 AM

No engagement with Rajasthan power board

This is with reference to the news article titled, “Looking for some gloss” that appeared in The Financial Express on August 12, 2015. We would like to bring to your attention our concern with the factual inaccuracy and misrepresentation of Edelman contained in this report. Edelman has not been engaged by the Rajasthan electricity board for any public relations outreach. For the record, there is no electricity board in the state of Rajasthan. There are 5 power companies. However, none of the power companies has engaged Edelman for public relations work.

Naveen Agarwal, Edelman India Private Limited

Dysfunctional lawmakers

This refers to the editorial “Parliament logjam”( August 14 ). It seems that the opposition, especially the Congress party, is bent upon creating hurdles to halt the passage of important bills like GST and land acquisition—just to paint the government anti-poor and as one that is trying to bring in reforms for the benefit and welfare of corporates. Despite the fact that the allegations against the chief minister of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and external affairs minister have nothing to do with the pending bills, the functioning of Parliament was stalled just for the sake of opposing and to satisfy the egos of the leaders of the party, and was done at the cost of the public exchequer—something that is entirely undesirable and condemnable. This is sending out the wrong message about lawmakers, and will ultimately lead to a reverse flow of capital from the economy—something that has been amply reflected in the stock markets. By this act, the opposition, more particularly the Congress, is distancing itself from the people. Subsequent to tall announcements, it becomes the paramount responsibility of the government to materialise these promises, and for that, they need to take the opposition into confidence. That is bound to satisfy the anxieties of the opposition on intended reforms. However, it is not happening and the government is failing in convincing the opposition, leading to wastage of money and time, which is avoidable. Despite having operationalised lot of reforms, many important ones, pertaining to land acquisition, taxation, banking, telecommunications and infrastructure, etc, are pending for want of rapid action from the government. Public and the investors, both foreign as well as domestic ones, are eagerly waiting to see the translation of announced reforms into reality. The government and opposition parties must remain proactive in delivering economic growth and development ,and opposition need to refrain from burdening the exchequer by halting the functioning of both houses.

VSK Pillai, Kottayam

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