Another death on MMRDA’s watch

This refers to the report about a monorail worker being crushed to death (June 1). The work on the monorail project was in full swing in Agripada on Friday, May 31, when the labourer, Mohammad Alam, was crushed to death. The MMRDA’s dismal monitoring performance has claimed 10 lives and injured 39 till date on the metro-monorail works. Courtesy the MMRDA, exorbitant delays and cost escalation have also occurred. Shouldn’t it be replaced with a more competent body?

Achyut Railkar

Murthy’s second coming

The return of N R Narayana Murthy as the executive chairman, should boost the overall fortunes of the IT giant Infosys. Though everything appeared cosy after Murthy retired about two years ago, it was apparent that a large, complex company like the Infosys was missing his strong guidance. He has the uncanny ability to spot talent and woo clients. The company’s focus on planning strategies at the cost of efficient delivery had also hit it badly for the last two years. Moreover, its policy of rotating leadership also seems to have backfired. Just as Steve Jobs returned to boost Apple, it is expected that Murthy’s return should help Infosys.

Ganapathi Bhat

Leave the judiciary alone

Kapil Sibal’s statement that the government must have a say in the appointment of judges is some indication that the government wants a committed judiciary. If there is some check on abuses in authority, it is because the judiciary is independent. Let this not get compromised under the guise of judicial reform

V N Ramachandran

Purposeful praise

L K Advani’s praise of Shivraj Singh Chauhan is a clever move to cause confusion in the rank and file of the Saffron Party; with the intention of sabotaging Modi’s chances of getting nominated for the PM’s post. The octogenarian leader thinks that in the event of the BJP securing the required numbers to form the government at the centre in May 2014, he would emerge as the consensus candidate, finding acceptability among the entire spectrum of the NDA constituents.

Arun Malankar

Transit housing options

The state government’s decision to use the Rental Housing Scheme (RHC) as transit accommodation for occupants of dilapidated buildings in Thane district is a welcome step.  However, the government should have made it clear whether rent would be charged from those occupying these buildings, as these are supposed to be given out for reasonable rent by the government. The Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation should have a backup plan, before forcefully evicting people from shaky buildings, before the onset of monsoon.

Whose fault is it if the buildings become shaky – builders, or the residents? Both are to be blamed, as in India we do not have the system of builders guaranteeing that the building will last for ‘x’ number of years. The residents, for their part, make major structural changes in their flats.

The corporate sector could play a big role, if it takes up the cause of housing residents of shaky buildings as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR).  Even religious trusts could pitch in, as they are flush with resources.

Deendayal M Lulla

Law-abiders taxed to death

It is reported that the finance minister is working overtime with the income tax department in an endeavour to introduce the concept of the direct tax code (DTC). There seems to be no exemption/concession for savings, including those of senior citizens, who stand to lose the provision of 15G or 15H forms to the banks to avoid TDS toward the interest accruing out of the interest on their FDs. In other words, the TDS is mandatory, which shall be applied against every revenue, including those from insurance policies. This seems to be harsh, especially on senior citizens. All the time, there are increases in taxes in one form or the other and the law-abiding citizens have to cough up more and more and in return, the citizens do not get any tangible benefit.

At one point, there were rather long debates on retrieving black money stashed in Swiss banks and bringing it to India for productive deployment. The names of the accountholders were said to have been obtained, but the government refused to disclose them, end of discussion and the matter hangs in balance.

T M Uday Shankar

No cause for jubilation

The return of Narayana Murthy to Infosys is not a cause for celebration, but seems more like a failure of the team in which he had reposed trust to take Infy further when he decided to retire. His decision was hailed as an example for others who stick to their posts for a lifetime. The choice of a non-IT person, Kamath as Murthy’s successor was a bad decision. Running a commercial bank in India, with patronage from the government is quite different from running an IT company in the international arena, where competition is fierce.

And Murthy should have stuck to his decision to retire from the company.

Sudhir K Bhave

Media is way out of line

The media, both electronic and print, is fast losing credibility for the manner in which it is going after the BCCI chief. Despite a relentless campaign on to oust him, he still survives. This shows that the media is completely biased.   The BCCI chief is not appointed by the media. He was elected by various clubs and the recent meeting at Chennai shows that the members do not want to throw him out. While it is true that something is wrong with the organisation, the proper method is to vote him out at the right time and place, not in the media.

S S Nair

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