Sunday , 21 October 2018
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Let’s Clean Our Workplace
It must be said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Clean India’ aka ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign was not a one-day activity when it was launched on October 2 (Gandhi Jayanti) as many thought it would turn out to be. The campaign is gaining momentum with every passing day as more leaders belonging to other political parties are providing support to the campaign. The latest being former Aam Aadmi Party leader Shazia Ilmi, who was reportedly spotted at a BJP event at New Delhi to promote the cleanliness campaign. It is true that cleanliness cannot and should not be a one-day activity. We may be keeping our homes clean but then what about our workplace? Is it spick and span? Are the files kept in place or are they strewn all over the place? Cleanliness begins at home as well as in the offices. Hence we need to keep our workplace clean as well. Of course, in the offices there will be sweepers employed to keep the place clean, but then we too need to take time to keep our surrounding in the office clean. The employers should give the employees fifteen minutes every morning before commencing work to clean their work tables and cabins. This should be followed in the government offices as well. The employers could also install a prize to be given every month to the employee, who keeps his/her workplace the cleanest. The government should do likewise in the various departments. Cleanliness should be made a way of life both at home and at the workplace.
ADELMO FERNANDES, Vasco
Sportsmen for Sports Bodies
Just when the Indian hockey team was showing signs of revival comes the stunning news that coach Terry Walsh has put in his resignation citing administrative hurdles. Walsh is known to be a no-nonsense coach, who managed to deliver the goods in just one year as coach of the Indian hockey team. However, the administrative setup was more than he could handle. Babudom has been the bane of Indian sports which accounts for our poor performance in team events. Yet, individual sportspersons manage to beat the system and shine in their own field. The new government at the Centre must put in place a system which gives more representation to sportspersons in the administration of sports bodies.
ROBERT CASTELLINO, Calangute
Sharing Happiness with Less Fortunate
Diwali is a festival of lights and celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, encouraging hope over despair. But all this is lost in the commercialisation and the greed for materialistic things, expensive gifts and indulging in harmful eating and drinking with the bursting of crackers, burning of Narkasurs and pollution that does not remove the darkness of poverty, hunger, violence, crime and intolerance from our nation. The CNN-IBN held a programme in a prominent mall interviewing lavishly-spending people, which forced them to think of some sacrifice and to share happiness with their less-fortunate brethren. India badly needs a change in the mindset to go with Prime Minister’s development and cleanliness mantra when he says: “Surajya is not possible until each and every citizen will be an equal and integral part of the decision-making process. The times of formulating policies from air-conditioned government chambers are over. Policies must be made among the people, empowering every citizen to express him or herself on a wide range of issues. This would be a paradigm shift towards Surajya.” Let the light of Diwali enlighten us all to be one with nature in one big community.
JOHN ERIC GOMES, Porvorim

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