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28 Jan 2019 05:50am IST
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28 Jan 2019 05:50am IST

Traffic Sentinel Scheme

The demand of the Congress and NCP for the withdrawal of Traffic Sentinel Scheme is unjustified. (Herald dated 23/01/2019). Traffic Sentinel Scheme is must as per present situation of violation of traffic rules especially by youngsters.

The traffic cops focus more only on helmets, which is easy catch and talking on mobiles while riding and driving, overtaking in congested traffic, riding and driving in no entries, etc, is overlooked by traffic cops. The Traffic Sentinel Scheme should continue for the safety of other riders/drivers, passers-by, etc, or the government should install CCTV cameras on all roads to catch the violators.

Marcos Alemao, Varca

Sentinel scheme & police workload

The Traffic Sentinel Scheme, which was introduced by the police department to help the traffic cops book traffic violators, appears to have run into rough weather. There has been stiff resistance from sections of people including some political parties to the scheme. Some traffic sentinels have also been at the receiving end of the anger of the general public. In Vasco a traffic sentinel was even mercilessly beaten up by a mob and his car damaged.

The police has revealed that all perpetrators of violence against the traffic sentinel will be booked, offences will be registered against them and that they will be charge-sheeted. Though this is an innovative scheme and will reduce the burden of the traffic cops in booking traffic violators, ironically the scheme could also increase the workload of the police department as they have to look into booking those indulging in violence against traffic sentinels, registering offences against them and charge-sheeting. 

There could also be instances of traffic sentinels seeking police protection due to threats. All this could be extra workload for the police department who are overburdened in maintaining law and order with the increasing influx of tourists. 

Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco

Assure safer roads

The ‘Road Safety Week’ will be observed in the State from February 04 to 10. Accordingly, the Education Department, Traffic police and Road Transport Department will organise various programmes to mark the occasion. As a matter of fact, roads in different parts of the State are still found in a neglected condition with potholes and uneven surface proving dangerous for the lives of innocent travellers, especially pillion riders.

In Ponda, the situation has been degrading day by day with the concerned authorities being unable to assure normalcy in this sensitive matter. Once the work of laying sewerage and gas pipelines is completed in all respects, it takes much time to undertake tarring work of the excavated portions. Travellers ultimately face great inconvenience in the process. Of course, unless the condition of roads is improved, we cannot boast of assuring safety for travellers proceeding along defective roads. Observing road safety week would also turn meaningless. 

It is time for the PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar to take stock of the existing pitiful condition of roads at different locations of Ponda as also at the surrounding villages (especially Durbhat) and arrange prompt repairs of the same so that public at large are assured safety on a permanent basis. Precious human lives should not be taken for granted anymore. Indeed, prompt positive steps must be initiated in order to assure relief for travellers once and for all.

Pravin U Sardessai, Adpai


of SC judges

In recent times controversies have dogged the appointments of Judges. The judges appointing judges themselves have some inherent flaws.

The Govt too in recent past has not supported their choices by dully constituted Collegium, leading to undesirable prolonged confrontations and bitterness.

It would be better, as suggested to have a special body to decide on all judicial appointments, because the SC Collegium is busy with routine and bias may also creep in. The recommendations of judges and then suddenly changing that recommendations without assigning plausible reasons for change has not gone down well with the public and judges themselves.

The appointments lack credibility and transparency. Seniority is indisputable criteria and the act of superseding in spite of existence of seniority list does not augur well for justification, especially when the choice is between eligible High Court Judges. The public is right to assume that choice of pliable individuals is not without merit.

The placements of judges after retirement in Govt controlled positions should not be an allurement for miscarriage of judicial pronouncements. Promotion among the judges must be fair, transparent and above bias and therefore nominations must be public domain long before actual taking over the post.

Nelson Lopes, Chinchinim

Commissioner firm 

on using EVMs

It is welcome that Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora has strongly expressed his firm stand on the continued use of EVMs for the elections in the country amid renewed demands against the use of EVMs. He has unambiguously stated that the Election Commission would not be allowed to be intimidated or bullied into giving up the machines and going back to the era of ballot boxes. His adamant and strong support in favour of the EVMs can be a shot in the arm of progressive thinking people of the country for the speedy, effective, reliant and eco-friendly EVMs.

It must also be noted that replacing EVMs with ballot papers would mean a lot of trees have to be cut and used for papers, which is sure to wreak havoc on the environment. And returning to the era of ballot boxes is like putting the cart before the horse.

Generally speaking, in every system of operation, there are inherent faulty technicalities whether in the EVMs or in the ballot paper system. As we have acquired a great deal of technological advancement in every sphere, it is better for us to accept the better operated system reducing fault or error to its maximum desired level.

So, in the instant case, we are better to fine-tune ourselves to march forward with EVMs to take up the challenges in election process.

TK Nandanan, Kochi

Indian culture losing 

to the West

The Indian culture, thinking, style of living, way of dressing, customs and traditions, etc, are fading by adopting Western culture (if there is any such culture?). Hot samosas -Delhiites most favour snack item is now taken over by Momos, Pizza, Pasta Chinese food, etc, all that is most unhealthy as per Indian climatic conditions and the way of life in food.

All these results in many diseases and makes one lethargic in day-to-day’s activities, work, etc. Western countries are now copying Indian way of living and sadly Indians are spoiling their life by adopting Western culture. Indian healthy way of better living, culture and heritage must be followed to remain intact.

There cannot be second opinion that the Indian original cuisine is most healthy for all the people living in India. One should eat fresh and not frozen vegetables and fruits. And what vegetables and fruits-seasonal ones are available as per climates that should be eaten fresh for all the food values in it for healthy and peaceful living? Fresh cooked food is best for the healthy living. Reheating must be avoided as in doing so full food’s healthy value is lost.

Mahesh Kumar, New Delhi

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