Act against food inflation
While most Indians would be happy and satisfied with the pro-people and patriotic prime minister, Narendra Modi, visiting many foreign countries—this helps us both in the economic and foreign policy fronts, as foreign investment and trade could contribute to the the speediest possible growth of our nation, the common man is also horribly fed-up of the food inflation that has reared its ugly head recently. The prices of many grains, pulses, edible oils, onion, vegetables, fruit, etc, are very high for quite some time now. Undoubtedly, this must be the result of floods, droughts and famine in many parts of the nation. But, the PM is requested to take the toughest steps against all the hoarders, middlemen, profiteers, black marketers of all the essential commodities that people need everyday.
The spirit of RTI
Apropros of the editorial “Making govt accountable” (FE, Oct 13), since enactment, the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005 has been mostly abused by bureaucrats and politicians to meet their vested interests rather than for bringing in transparency and exposing all kinds of corruption and scandals. The entire set up and functioning of all political parties must be brought under the purview of the RTI Act to make them responsible and accountable to the voters of the country. Whistle-blowers need to be protected, else those who intend to eliminate corruption and scandals would hesitate to step forward to divulge such informations and it will breed corruption. While the implementation of the law is for upholding utmost transparency in public life, those who are empowered and accountable to provide the sought information shouldn’t abstain from supplying complete and correct informations merely on technical grounds, else the very purpose of the Act will get defeated. Those who are empowered to provide the information need to do it with wisdom and must apply their mind as well.
TPP a tipping point for trade?
There is a need to see if the TPP will impact India at all. While the countries who have signed on to the pact make for 40% of the global trade, it is true that in a globalised world, no single country or block can hope to have its cake and eat it too. Apart from souring deals with fellow members, signatories need to remember that there are goods and services that the rest of the world (outside the TPP) produces which they would need. To have harmonious exchange for such goods and services, they would best keep favours to fellow TPP members to a minimum.
Sumona Pal, Kolkata
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