The right decision for the Government would have been to increase the levies on diesel cars and SUVs, which are used mainly by the rich. Unfortunately it has taken the advice of private industry, ignoring the common man’s problems. One would not be surprised if, the Government announced excise duty cuts on passenger cars to lift sales.

V. Ravindran


Solar power

Most solar power projects in India are operated on a large scale. Setting up smaller projects, involving the consumers themselves, will help reduce investment burden, load on power discoms and transmission losses. Management costs will also fall. Interest subsidy on loans for such projects will attract consumers. These loans could be for the long term to house owners or additional loans on house loans against the same security. The involvement of banks will ensure that public funds are not misused. The price of the power can factor in the subsidies.

S. Sankaran


Threat to democracy

This refers to “Indian Raj outdoing British Raj” (Business Line, September 14). Sadly, what Winston Churchill had said about Indians and their leaders 70 years ago seems correct today.

The insensitivity of our politicians on core issues, their behaviour in Parliament and greed, has ensured that the country remains in doldrums.

If legislators continue like this, it may not be long before democracy becomes a thing of past.

R.K. Suman


Enforcing discipline

Inefficient public transport defeats the Government’s aim of ensuring punctuality in its departments.

The common man does not have the facilities of a bureaucrat. He also has to fight for all basic necessities, such as water, and rely on public transport.

The question, therefore, is whether, despite being provided with all facilities, are bureaucrats giving their best to the country?

Meera Jhangiani

New Delhi

(This article was published on September 14, 2012)
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