Rope in foreign firms
Apropos of the edit “The best laid plans” (FE, May 16) and the newspaper’s take that 15-year perspective plans are a good idea but these need to translate into action, I wish to say something different. After drawing a plan for five years or seven years or for 15 years, we should also appoint or engage a foreign company, preferably from the US or China, to implement the plan. Nowadays, we can’t depend upon Indian agents for such implementation. India drew a plan to provide broadband connectivity in the year 2011 in every village. The deadline was repeatedly extended, but the project is still in the infant-stage. The question is: What could be done differently so that the project kicks off? We have more than R68,000 crore lying with the administrator of the USO fund, some of the best engineers employed by BSNL, BBNL, Powergrid, Railtel, etc, who could execute the work. But we have had to wait from 2011 to 2016 for the programme to even take off. We need foreign companies to execute the plans drawn.
SC Aggarwal, Delhi
Cong must look within, first
Apropos of former finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram’s column “Misadventures of the Modi govt” (FE, May 15), the BJP-led NDA government, headed by prime minister Narendra Modi, is endowed with enormous political capital, to be used to implement any reform, including some long-pending and difficult reforms, including key ones from the Congress era, like the Goods and Services Tax Bill. However, the author laments that after two years, the government has become a ‘punchline for jokes’ as, according to him, the government’s political capital has depleted considerably in the wake of its several misadventures in the legislative and foreign affairs front. One would agree with his observations in the context of the government’s inept handling of ties with Nepal, China and Pakistan. However, as far as its failure on the legislative front are concerned, the Congress party has put enough obstacles in the timely passage of key Bills as the NDA lacks the requisite numbers in Rajya Sabha. In fact, it wants to run the government by proxy. Perhaps Chidambaram should be a bit more fair and not look at the performance of the Modi government through the prism of self-serving politics.
SK Gupta, Delhi
It has been brought to our attention that the article “With MEA on Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus, India leading world in digital diplomacy” (May 9, 2016) has picked up several sentences from Danielle Cave’s “Global diplomacy has gone digital and Australia has been left behind” (September 22, 2015) without attribution. Since the complaint has merit, we have taken down the article. We sincerely regret the lack of attribution.