Letters to the editor
Once upon a time
Apropos of the column “What is economic reform, what is not” by P Chidambaram on your website www.financialexpress.com, it’s ironical that while showering a huge “self-praise” on himself by categorically enumerating a list of 11 true “economic reforms” post 1991, he simply refuses to acknowledge various economic “measures” advocated so far by the Narendra Modi government as “reforms” by his own definition. One wishes that he had come out with an honest “appraisal” of all his enlisted reforms too so as to strike a balanced view in the matter. Incidentally, he talks a lot about “once upon a time” in his extant critical analysis of the on-going development plan of the BJP government. Could he please further elaborate as to what he actually meant by over-emphasising on this historical “time” as his own Congress party has been in “power” at the Centre for most of the time since Independence? By the way, who had created all this economic “mess” in the first place? In all fairness, he must have bravely owned up full responsibility for his failure to ensure the passage of the Bills relating to economic reforms such as GST, DTC and FSLRC (his own brain child) during his long tenure as the finance minister of the country. However, he now expects the government of the day to pass those very Bills through “negotiation and accommodation” by virtually “bowing” before the Congress party. For sure, this goes against the very spirit of the democratic set-up in real sense.
Education versus jobs
Education is a powerful tool that can change the world. Today, the youth is keen on learning new things in the school, besides the curriculum. Interestingly, parents, it has been seen, are taking more and more involvement in the educational needs of their children. Having said that, how about jobs? Creating the right jobs for the educated is very important. The educational institutes churn out a massive number of learned students every year. Therefore, bold, urgent and timely strategies are needed in order to increase the number of jobs influx on a par with the increasing number of learned students. At the same time, far more attention must be paid towards skilling the masses. A key challenge for formal skills training has been societal attitude which traditionally has preferred formal higher education over skills training. What is needed is positioning vocational training as a successful career option through targeted awareness campaigns, integration of skilling in formal school education, and certification and diploma from skills universities and community colleges.
P Senthil Saravana Durai
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