Next, surrogacy over family leave?

The generosity of two US corporations in paying US $ 20,000 to female employees to freeze their eggs shows the insensitivity and the inhuman face of employers. It seems their employees, particularly female employees are viewed as robots. The next big idea would be surrogacy, so that female employees need not go on maternity leave.

Sudhir Keshav Bhave

Chavan sullied his clean image

Pritviraj Chavan’s eve-of-election interview was a serious blunder, lacking imagination, political maturity and wisdom.  His comment that his hands were tied and he couldn’t act against the former Congress CMs allegedly involved in the Adarsh scam, only reinforced the popular perception.  The Congressmen suffer from  foot-in-the-mouth syndrome and walk into their opponents’ trap.  Chavan scored a self-goal. By admitting that he couldn’t take action against Ajit Pawar to save the government, he damaged the electoral prospects of his party. Like Manmohan Singh, he proved incapable of acting against the corrupt coalition ministers. His imprudent statement that the BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis would make a good CM amounted to conceding defeat. All this has neutralised whatever good image he had.

The BJP was quick to react by releasing a massive advertisement in a prominent national newspaper, on the Election Day, justifying how he aided a corrupt government.  Modi is winning because of a friendly media, his personality-centric aggressive advertisement campaign and big money. The Congress leadership has no strategy to counter him.

G Ramachandram

Pensioners await justice

Dozens of petitions by pensioners from banks, the Life Insurance Corporation of India and the central government in high courts and the Supreme Court, have been pending for

long, some for more than a decade.

The Fifth Pay Commission had recommended that any court judgment involving a common policy matter of pay/ pension to a group of employees/pensioners, should be extended automatically to similarly placed employees/pensioners, without driving every affected individual to courts of law. However, the government has not taken the recommendation with the seriousness it deserves. So the pensioners are, therefore, obliged much against their will and capacity, physical and financial, to knock on the doors of justice for relief. A few months ago, the SC dismissed the curative petition filed by GoI against the CAT judgement on payment of arrears to the pre-2006 pensioners from January 1, 2006.

But, alas, in a recent development in August 2014 , in its wisdom, the law ministry has advised the department of pension to implement the apex court order qua petitioners: to pay arrears from January 1, 2006, only to the few petitioners who had approached the CAT or filed cases.

This is utter disregard for other similarly placed pre-2006 affected pensioners, and is utterly illogical and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution of India.

Ramanath Nakhate (1992 pensioner)

TMC must come clean

The more the NIA digs more evidence comes up. A madrassa with literature and bomb accessories is bad. There is no point in the TMC spokesman singing the same old tune of this being an attempt by the centre to discredit the party. The TMC tried the same with the chit fund scam. When you run a government, your actions should be seen to be overboard. The TMC government must give an explanation. This is where the courts need to be proactive in the interests of the nation. The spokesmen of political parties should not be allowed to hijack justice thus.

D M Rajan

Other sick undertrials, too

The interim bail granted by the Apex Court to Jayalalithaa and the others accused and convicted in the DA case by the special Karnataka court seems unfair. Didn’t Jayalalithaa enjoy prolonged, interim bail during the 18-year trial period? The conditions that may be breached will first have to be proved before the court and the arguments will go on for years, by which time, the 10-year ban on her as MLA will expire.

Aren’t there lakhs of undertrials equally unhealthy, who should be granted bail on health grounds? I think every court, the higher courts in particular. should hear all bail applications in the midst of undertrials in prisons before granting bail to the likes of Jayalalithaa, Lalu Prasad and Tejpal.

Kedarnath Rajah Aiyar

‘Laws grind the poor…’

Without going into the merit and demerits of Jayalalithaa’s conditional interim bail granted by the honourable Supreme Court of India in the disproportionate assets case against the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and her cronies, perhaps Oliver Goldsmith was right, when he said “Laws grind the poor and rich men rule the law.”

When the bail applications came up for hearing before the apex court, the petitioners were duly represented by senior counsels Fali Nariman and K T S Tulasi. Since, all the accused are rich, they are in a position to hire such long standing luminaries.

As for poor litigants, they will have to wait for the somnolent process and leisurely pronouncement, while wealthy litigants will have their litigations speedily terminated. Hence, the law should strike, repeat strike, hard against the votaries of corruption, with exceptional punishment and in minimal time.

L R Moorthy

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