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Intercity Bus Stops
I must congratulate the exposure through ‘Rao Re Rao’ dated July 6 with photos witnessing passenger buses in Miramar, impromptu stopping on crowded roads, at junctions, causing traffic inconvenience and hazard, because some people do not want to be inconvenienced or wait at designated Bus Stops!

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Intercity Bus Stops
I must congratulate the exposure through ‘Rao Re Rao’ dated July 6 with photos witnessing passenger buses in Miramar, impromptu stopping on crowded roads, at junctions, causing traffic inconvenience and hazard, because some people do not want to be inconvenienced or wait at designated Bus Stops!

 Towards changing this dangerous practice, the matter was discussed way back on 23/3/06 at the Meeting in the Chamber of the Collectorate North Goa chaired by Collector and DM, Nikhil Kumar. The Minutes available with me states inter alia, first a direction to put up sinages of “No Parking/No Stopping” where routinely buses illegally stop, and second SP(Tr) to submit detailed proposal regarding construction of Bus Bays at various points on NH from Mandovi bridge till the State Border. These directions were with deadlines, officers to ensure compliance accordingly, and compliance report to be submitted to chief secretary. Regrettably time deadlines were not complied with and the CS took no action, so the busy DM could not be expected to pull up his seniors for non compliance, and all my follow up was in vain. The administration appears to have come to a standstill with poor delivery. Just like these days the Courts have to entertain PILs and to order the government and executive to act, it appears unless Chief Minister, Mannohar Parrikar personally acts and follows up to stop this malaise, nothing will improve! 
JOHN ERIC GOMES, Porvorim

Rs 4,130Cr Gift to Bihar
With reference to your news dated July 7, 2013. Being together BJP and JD(U) for 17 years and then later being ally of the former in the Centre and State Assembly, the JD(U) supremo and the CM of Bihar, Nitish Kumar was against nominating BJP’s senior leader and CM of Gujarat, Narendra Modi for the candidate of PM’s post in 2014 general election and making him BJP’s campaign chief, in the Goa’s BJP conclave. However, not heeding his say BJP acted in the manner they liked. The irked JD(U) leader detached permanently from BJP and sacked 9 BJP’s ministers from his Bihar cabinet which forced him to face non-confidence motion to show his majority which was won by him to remain in and retain his seat. Taking the advantage of break-away between BJP and JD(U) as ‘enemy’s enemy is a friend’ , the clever and shrewd Congress/UPA II Govt allotted the ever highest funds to any state hither before over a decade, of  `4,130Cr to Bihar Govt/(JD(U) for construction of 5,700 km of rural roads, to woo JD(U) to join and make ally with Congress party fuelling tirade against BJP, the main opposition party in the Centre. It is unfortunate from BJP’s point of view that when general election 2014 is drawing near, the JD(U) has back stabbed BJP which is already facing brewing fued in its own party. Only the time ahead will make it clear ‘who is who and what is what’. Till then let us wait.
VIJAY D PATIL, Pune
Alertness After Terror Attack
It must be said that the terror attack at the temple town of Bodh Gaya in Bihar which is considered as the seat of Buddha’s enlightenment was not as a result of an intelligence failure. It was rather due to the failure of the state government to act on specific warnings issued by the Intelligence Bureau. The Bihar government was reportedly repeatedly warned by the Centre about the terror threat to the Mahabodhi temple. It is understood that the IB had in fact warned the state government twice in the last three months that Bodh Gaya was on the terror radar. However the state government appears to have done precious little to prevent the attack even when the site is a heritage site.  As is the normal practice after a terror attack, alert has been sounded at all strategic locations across the country including religious sites. After a couple of months all will be forgotten and it will be back to square one till such time that there is another terror attack in some other part of the country. Will we ever learn from past experiences?
ADELMO FERNANDES, Vasco
 
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Carnival and Election Code
IT is pertinent to note that the three-day Carnival celebration in the state, which gets underway from February 18, falls within the period the model code of conduct is in force. It is seen that in the past many of the Carnival committees have been headed by elected representatives.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Carnival and Election Code
IT is pertinent to note that the three-day Carnival celebration in the state, which gets underway from February 18, falls within the period the model code of conduct is in force. It is seen that in the past many of the Carnival committees have been headed by elected representatives.

This year, however, if any of the candidates head a Carnival committee or is in anyway associated with the Carnival celebrations, it will be in violation of the poll code. The Carnival floats cannot be used as a platform for propaganda by the candidates. A watch also needs to be kept if aspiring candidates sponsor any particular floats. It is also seen that politicians have in the past used the Konkani Tiatr stage to boost their personal image. As the model code of conduct is in force close watch needs to be kept on the patronage the candidates would be offering for the Konkani Tiatrs. A watch also needs to be kept on whether songs which are sung at these Tiatrs are in any way in praise of a particular candidate while degrading his/her opposing candidate. We need to provide a level-playing field for the all the candidates who will be contesting the election so that only the deserving ones get elected.
ADELMO FERNANDES, Vasco

Priests Should Not Contest Polls
THE decision of Fr Bismarque Dias to contest elections (NT, January 12) is unfortunate, and another sad chapter in Church history, knowing very well that Catholic priests are forbidden to enter politics and indulge in worldly pursuits. It also comes at a time when Fr Bismarque Dias is facing grave charges from his Superiors in Mumbai for disobedience and failure to live up to the community life of a priest. If it is the sole intention of the concerned priest to take to the path of kindness and serve the suffering people of Goa as a politician, then let it be known that this exactly what priests are called to do in their priestly ministry. We have several of our priests who have dedicated their entire life, toiling in our mission stations, working selflessly for the upliftment and empowerment of the downtrodden and the marginalised of society. We need to emulate the life of such priests, (not politicians) who have brought succour to the lives of thousands living in the dumps, with
no hopes for the future.
A  F NAZARETH, Alto Porvorim
 
Choosing the Right Candidate
EVERY five years a voter is placed in a dicey situation to choose between apparently promising candidates and seasoned candidates. A few years ago, today’s so-called seasoned leaders were considered able and pro-people candidates. They promised people of their constituencies almost a heaven on earth. Time has taught Goans that once candidates are elected they immediately forget the people whose support and precious vote made them accepted leaders in society. Once elected they forget their pre-election gimmicks and begin their fight for their chair in the cabinet even at the cost of their own political party, which gave them the ticket to contest elections. Therefore today, Goans and likeminded people must come forward to educate one another so that we elect the candidates who will protect our land from land sharks, alter the Regional Plan 2011, stop illegal mining, provide job opportunities especially to the marginalised, the neglected, and  above all who will fight for justice and promote
peace in our society.
RUI PEREIRA, Navelim
 
Malnutrition, a Scourge in India
WHEN we read reports pertaining to health and family welfare of our countrymen they leave us baffled. Over the years we have made excellent progress in various fronts and crossed the targets as a developing country and a leading country in the subcontinent. But our Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh is right in stressing that despite impressive GDP growth the malnutrition in our country is unacceptably high, with the result that 42 per cent of the children are underweight. There appears to be an urgent need to have a thorough introspection and revamp the strategies that do not lead in the emancipation of the marginalised. It is worth recalling that just last year the apex court had strongly rebuked the government for wasting thousands of tonnes of food grains in the state-owned granaries whereas millions struggle for a square meal a day. The government should own up moral responsibility and try everything within its means to mitigate these woes of the struggling masses.
MICHAEL VAZ, MERCES
 
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