Letters to the editor

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Published: May 6, 2016 5:31:38 AM

Forests are are said to be the earth’s green lungs, and rightly so.

Forest fires
Forests are are said to be the earth’s green lungs, and rightly so. The forest fires in the Western Himalayas have caused incalculable damage and destruction to the environment and are a major setback for our mission of Green India. The loss of forests in over 4000 hectares of land is no small loss. The fires, unprecedented in their range and duration, can be at least partially attributable to the exclusion of people living in and around the forests from their age-old labour of protecting them. The possible link between the ‘man-made’ fires and the rapacious real estate developers and timber contractors needs to be probed to bring the mafias to book. Of course there are other factors like hot weather, dry vegetation and combustible pine needles that create the conditions for the wildfires to spread far and wide. The fact that the fires have been raging since February is a sad commentary on our preparedness to face such a situation. The fires attest to lack of technology and technical incompetence.

G David Milton, Maruthancode (TN)

Bankrupt entities
As per a clause in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2015, a person declared bankrupt under section 126 would be disqualified from being appointed or acting as a public servant from the date of commencement of proceedings. Power to exempt bankrupt persons from disqualification vested in the hands of adjudicating authority has been opposed by a 30-member joint committee of Parliament headed by Bhupinder Yadav. Law should be the same for one and all. Exemption given to bankrupt person from disqualification would have conflicting interest because on the one hand such person would lawfully abdicate his responsibility from discharging his debt liabilities and on the other would enjoy taste of power.

KV Seetharamaiah
Hassan (Karnataka)

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