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Letters to the Editor: January 8, 2019

10% Reservation for Poor Upper Caste

It refers to government decision favoured generally by the opposition parties but only in principle regarding 10 per cent reservation for the Poor Upper Caste covering roughly 90 per cent of people from the General category with the parameters defined for getting reservation benefits being as high as household income above Rs 8 lakhs per annum, agricultural land less than 5 acres, residences less than 1000 sq ft and residential plot less than 100 sq yards in a notified municipal area and 200 sq yards in a non-notified municipal area. If the Central government is really sincere about economically weaker section (EWS) of the society, these parameters need to be made realistic. Otherwise, proposed 10 per cent quota should be doubled to at least 20 per cent.

However proposed policy is not likely to be struck down by Apex Court which has fixed maximum 50 per cent reservation quota only for backward classes made under article 16(4) of Constitution as per 1992 clarification by the Supreme Court. Simultaneously, Central Government should implement verdict dated September 26, 2018, by a five-member Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court for exclusion of creamy layer from reserved categories under scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. Reservation-benefits must be given to families with up to two children.

Complete policy of Reservation incorporated in the Constitution for a limited period of just fifteen years to create a homogeneous casteless society is in itself a big failure whereas this policy has instead made people of reserved categories separately identified from others.

Madhu Agrawal


Nepal Rashtra Bank querying about legality of Indian currency notes

It refers to the Nepal Rashtra Bank (NRB) on January 4, 2019, asking Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to declare Indian currency notes of Rs 200, Rs 500 and Rs  2000 as legal tender in Nepal. Presently, Indian currencies of upto Rs 100 denomination are allowed in normal circulation in Nepal where Indian currency is allowed to be used in normal circulation like the Nepalese currency.

RBI should allow only currency notes of up to Rs 500 as legal tender. Indian currency notes of Rs 2000 may not be allowed as legal tender in Nepal. Such a decision is necessary because there are still takers of demonetised currency notes such as the earlier Rs 500 and Rs 1000 at a discounted value because of hope to get these legalised through the Nepal route. Decision of not allowing Rs 2000 Indian currency notes as legal tender in Nepal will prevent any such situation in case Indian government decides to demonetise Rs 2000 currency notes.

Such a decision will give a signal to hoarders of black money in form of Rs 2000 currency notes in India to deposit such black money in banks fearing a further demonetisation, thus negating need of any further demonetisation of currency. People in India will themselves avoid accepting Rs 2000 notes in normal circulation. A stricter control on currency circulation thereafter will undo the effects of poor implementation of earlier demonetisation done on November 8, 2016.

Subhash Chandra Agrawal


Power (Shakti) and discipline

Afternoon Voice cherishes, follows and propagates values engrained in Mahaveer Hanumanji. There is lot of indiscipline and loose talk in our country. PM Modi, Amit Shah and RSS must do utmost to eradicate such bad habits growing among the masses.

Mahendra Singh


Runway should be upgraded

The Kempegowda International Airport at Bengaluru is witnessing consistent early morning flight delays owing to the prevailing weather conditions. Fog has played havoc causing unscheduled delays, disruptions in runways and thus, leading to cascading delays across the check-in counters and at the airport. At a time when the airport is rejoicing with many milestones related to notable infrastructural improvements and passenger traffic achievements, it is high time that the present runway be equipped with an advanced technology in place to enable landing and take offs during the early morning fog.

Many passengers get affected owing to unscheduled flight delays daily. Also, most of the people use the airport mainly for the purpose of business and official travel visits, which happens normally in the mornings after 10am upon landing at the destination from Bengaluru. Hence catching an early morning flight from KIA is highly essential. The otherwise ‘safety’ trade-off factor owing to fog delayed flights will cost the passengers time and money and who also invest heavily on flight tickets to cut travel time.

As also it is known that the upcoming Runway 2 at KIA will be equipped with the advanced CAT IIIB ILS technology that will enable seamless landing during the foggy conditions, it is also high time now to look into upgrading the existing runway infrastructure with necessary advanced technology. Such a move will enable the airport to handle seamless flight operations and ensure completion of timely boarding formalities during foggy weather conditions.



(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)
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