Letters to the editor

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Published: May 28, 2015 12:15:54 AM

Fix agriculture first

Fix agriculture first
Apropos of the column “Modi’s 5 hits and one big miss” (May 25), the author has rightly pointed out that the big miss of the Modi government is in agriculture. Contrast that with the stellar success of China in the sector; agriculture became the foundation for the country’s massive industrial development. Modi has tarried forth with respect to advancing India’s image globally in the past one year and has sowed seeds for infra projects which could strengthen the economic fundamentals in the future. But farmers’ suicide is a continuing agony, and their struggle against the vagaries of monsoon and cyclical crop failure, without comprehensive insurance cover, has created the need for the government turning its focus on the sector. But the government needs to acquire land from the farmer for strengthening the infra sector. Right now, Modi should look to fix the moribund sector and insure the farmers from crop failure and debt trap. Striking harmony among the states with common policies in agriculture through NITI Aayog is the need, along with astute central plans, to resolve agrarian distress. Crop insurance needs to given full focus with the adoption of technology for quick assessment of crop loss. Modernised agriculture, with well-irrigated farms and free flow of funds, is the need of the hour. The Modi government must focus on fixing that.
NR Nagarajan

CM should hold power, not L-G
I read with great interest Shailaja Chandra’s side of the debate titled “Who really governs Delhi?” (May 26). In the fitness of things, and also in the interest of the well-being of Delhi’s residents—no matter from which state they have come—the CM should be made supreme in respect discharging administrative and executive powers. There should not be any interference by the LG, whose function is one of overseeing the functioning of the government, in line with the practice in the states. After all, it is the government of the state/UT that has the people’s mandate for governing the territory, not a representative of the Centre. This most always be borne in mind.
Arun Gupta

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