Refer to Consumer stay back! BJP, Cong in brand war by P Chidambaram (Mar 21). Earlier people felt there was no choice but to vote for the Congress. Now it is the turn of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Just because of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, even erstwhile Congress people and relatives of the Gandhi family like Varun and Maneka have joined it. Muslim leaders also have joined the party.
Mr Vajpayee has the art of convincing and pleasing all kinds of people from different parties and sects. Or is it Kissa Kursi Ka India may or may not be shining but BJP is. Then again, is it only Atal who is shining Mahesh Kumar
Major projects involving import content enjoy concessional rate of customs duties under the customs tariff chapter 98.01. For enjoying this facility, an importer has to register himself with the port of discharge where he intends to clear the goods from customs. There has been some transfers of clerks at the Nhava Sheva sea port. Some of them in the project import department have not been joining their duties since about a month. Importers have been running from pillar to post for getting their projects registered. Projects worth crores are hanging without registration just because clerks are not available.
Several requests to the authorities concerned have not yielded results and work is at a standstill. I request the finance minister and chairman, central board of excise and customs, to look into the matter.
S K Iyer
Resignations At IDFC
This refers to the mass resignations by some top executives of IDFC against the proposed move to make it a subsidiary of SBI. It is distressing that such senior, experienced and highly qualified executives are indulging in behaviour reminiscent of trade union leaders of the 70s.
The contention that such a move would compromise the autonomy of IDFC reflects the myopic mindset of executives. Subsidiaries of SBI in the fields of insurance (SBI Life), credit cards (SBI Cards), and mutual funds (SBI Mutual Fund) are fine examples of performance whereby neither the autonomy of the organisation nor the independence of professional executives has been compromised. Amit K Vyas
Learn From Martians
March 22 was World Water Day. The most important resource on earth that sustains life is greatly mismanaged and already there are alarming signals pointing to a major catastrophe. It is a good monsoon that decides the fate of India and not the manifestoes of political parties. A farmer by the rule of thumb knows whether it will be a good monsoon or bad and would plan accordingly, better than many members of our Planning Commission.
Even as we celebrate World Water Day, scientists have found water on Mars, which adds to the chance of finding living organisms on the red planet. Hope life on Mars will teach a lesson to people on earth. V S Venkatavaradan