1) Save electricity – opt for solar power
The latest conceptual thinking all over the world in this generation for the conservation of power is Solar energy. It is being propagated world over by many of the developed countries. An eco-friendly concept needs to be encouraged and Maharashtra’s sunshine moment takes the lead in this direction. It is high time that we all should apply our minds in this direction. It was gratifying to note that many societies in Mumbai shines with solar power and thereby are able to save Rs 5 lakh per annum in electricity bill and that encourages other high-rise buildings to go for solar energy in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Solar energy system works in a unique way to save electrical energy. Solar panels to hit cities and the villages in Maharashtra will follow suit soon.
– CK Subramanium
2) Pedestrian safety and betterment
It is a simple way and high thinking to have a pedestrian safety as the first priority of BMC. Having seen Mumbai as a high-risk place for accidents, pedestrian safety should be taken care when traffic on the roads is increasing day by day. Fatal accidents on Mumbai roads made BMC think in terms of preference for pedestrian safety first. The crux of the problem is that the inadequacy of public transport is the major reason for pedestrian accidents as they rush to cross the road on busy roads to catch the metro, train or bus. It is time to redraw paths and draw a line to avoid danger to the pedestrians. Mumbai’s unhappy feet are planted to create passenger safety in the best way possible.
– Jayanthy S. Maniam
3) Sena’s confusion over trust vote
Time and again we have noticed an imbalance in Sena’s stand and the way the treatment meted out to ruling BJP is indifferent. In the name of the no-confidence motion, the party whip made a mess of the situation and was embarrassed in the end. In the end, better council prevailed as the party did not participate in the deliberations and abstained from attending the Parliament session on that day. Initially, it was decided to support the Centre and all the 18 MPs of Sena were given instructions. Later on, it was withdrawn and the decision to abstain from the session was taken. Thus, the party is totally confused and could not have a successful stand on any issues and creating confusion in supporting the coalition parner. The eleventh-hour decision to abstain from the no-confidence motion was taken as two of their MPs had other ideas. It is time for Sena to take a definite stand instead of changing the corners and talk ill about the ruling party through their mouthpiece.
– Calicut Krishnan
4) Need for clean political system
At this time when preparation for 2019 election is started, I was just imagining that how can we get rid of this dirty politics? Suddenly some ideas flashed about my mind, such as — Election commission should bind upon every party to spread just their achievements and planning not other party’s failure. If any party or member do so they should be disqualified, secondly, every winning party must have achieved 75 per cent of their manifesto otherwise they won’t be able to fight in the upcoming election.
I think these two ideas would be helpful for cleaning our political system.
5) Partisan politics in 2019 elections
Modi’s speeches contradict his own government records. For instance, he claimed that we have electrified every home and all villages 4 days ahead of 100-day target on May 1, 2018. But it was a mere myth and false. Because when the government was asked to make a statement on record in Parliament, it could not perpetuate his lie. The statistics by the minister shows that 2.8 crore households were still without electricity. There is not a single district in the BJP-ruled Rajasthan that has provided electricity to all households. Which reflects that he has failed in his agenda. I think that his next campaign for the 2019 election will just be based on partisan politics and a political slugfest between Muslims and Hindus. Because the public has already come to know his Jumlebaazi.
– Ismail Ansari
6) Cut in GST rates is a political gimmick!
Lowering GST rates for many items may have been with an eye on the elections but good for consumers as there is some sanity on taxes imposed now on essentials. However, there should be consistency on economic decisions that affect nations economy and important decisions should not be based on popularity quotient and pleasing voters before elections.
GST is the biggest tax reform we have witnessed since democracy. Too many cooks spoil the broth and too many tax rates too can be confusing. Our country should not have multiple GST rates as the very purpose of the simplification of tax structure is lost in such an imbroglio. All items including precious fuel should be part of GST and the govt should not keep some items out at their discretion which than calls for the public uproar. GST regime has completed one year and lets us hope all glitches and confusion would come to an end in the near future!
7) NRC should be for all states
It refers to a shocking report of the Registrar General of India where about 40 lakh persons in Assam were found to be illegally living in the state out of total about 3.29 crores having applied for citizenship following a Supreme Court-monitored massive exercise. It is significant that demography drastically changed because of the illegal migrants from Bangladesh in states like Assam and West Bengal bordering with Bangladesh where these migrants found a heaven because of patronisation to them in the earlier regime for misusing them as vote-bank. Such a massive exercise should be undertaken in West Bengal and other bordering states with Bangladesh.
Steps should also be taken to send all these illegal migrants back to Bangladesh or to the country from they came. Even Bangladesh also managed to send back Rohingyas back to Myanmar. The Central government, which is rightly against settling of illegal Rohingyas in India, should take urgent steps to send illegal Rohingya migrants back to Myanmar. Such illegal migrants not only utilise much of Indian land and government resources, but even are notorious for committing crimes of every type.
– Madhu Agrawal
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)