Aadhaar and PAN link-up

According to the recent amendments made in the income-tax laws, the Aadhaar and PAN cards must be linked, else the PAN will be cancelled. Applicable from July 1, this rule is aimed at curbing tax evasion and fraud. It is a good step. To ensure linking, some steps have been outlined to be followed in the income tax e-filing portal. But those unfamiliar with computers would find the process difficult. A helpline would be useful. Also, we need more time.

Srinivasan Umashankar


Prepare for drought

It is pathetic that we are still dependent on the monsoon for agriculture. We have failed to construct dams, conserve water in a scientific manner and making other arrangements to provide water for farming. Sensitising people to using water prudently, encouraging and educating farmers for alternative employment, storing foodgrains appropriately so they don’t rot are some measures that could save us from a drought-like situation. NGOs, government agencies, and retired bureaucrats should be engaged in this activity which must be taken up on a priority basis.

Veena Shenoy

Thane, Maharashtra

Hardly progressive

The dress regulations prescribed by NEET are bizarre. It is ridiculous that the authorities resorted to crude and insensitive ways to prevent cheating in the exams. More appalling is that an 18-year-old had to go through the ignominy of being forced to take off her innerwear when its hook triggered a metal alert. And we call ourselves a developing country.

NJ Ravi Chander


Ready for take-over

This refers to ‘We must approach NPAs differently’ by R Viswanathan (May 9). While it is necessary to seriously examine the eligibility of the applicants for huge bank loans it is also necessary to study the total corporate structure with special focus on factors such as demand for the products of the company, financial structure, and experience and efficiency of the management before sanctioning the loan. Continued surveillance of the performance of the company is a must. In the case of huge defaults with no significant attempt to redeem them, take-over of the management must be considered.

TR Anandan



It is painful to watch Justice CS Karnan playing cheap games. Degrading the highest judicial body in the land is intolerable and arrogant. There seems to be no limit to his antics. Misusing his position deserves punishment. It is better he is dismissed from service.

VS Ganeshan


AAP’s not done yet

The plot to finish off the Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejriwal is as sure as eggs are eggs. The unsubstantiated corruption charges and the notices issued by the I-T department reek of a clumsily hatched conspiracy. The alleged discrepancies found in the AAP’s fund declarations before banks and the Election Commission and on websites have been blown out of all proportion. Similar details in respect of other parties are not brought to public attention, for whatever reason.

The media vie with each other to claim credit for this and demonstrate their loyalty to the BJP. The ‘bribe bombs’ have been dropped to demoralise Kejriwal and ruin AAP’s credibility. The BJP has not yet forgiven Kejriwal for winning the Delhi Assembly election, daring to contest against Narendra Modi in Varanasi and using certain epithets against the PM. He is also feared as a possible contender for the country’s top job.

Blame Kejriwal for anything, but not for corruption; even his worst enemies would agree on his incorruptibility. It is true that electoral setbacks in Punjab, Goa and the MCD, and internal divisions have put down the party. But AAP has not ceased to represent value-based politics. It appeals to those who still believe that politics should not be entirely detached from idealism. From its EVM tampering demonstration in the Delhi Assembly, it is clear that it has not lost its fighting spirit.

G David Milton

Maruthancode, Tamil Nadu

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Published on May 09, 2017


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