LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Remove Unused Police Shelter

POLICE shelters are mostly placed at strategic locations for the benefit of traffic cops. However, the one placed at the junction in the vicinity of Shree Vithoba temple at Upper Bazaar in Ponda has been lying idle for quite long. Cops deputed there are occupying the roadside on most occasions. Under such circumstances, the said police shelter tends to be useless. In the absence of cop, a stray dog has been occupying it. It would be appropriate for the traffic department in Ponda to shift it to its premises so that the same could be utilised at any location as and when needed. Let us hope that needful positive action would follow in this regard at the earliest.

PRAVIN U SARDESSAI, ADPAI

On Insult Of WB CM

NO condemnation is enough for the uncultured fanatic elements who insulted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the function inside Kolkata‚Äôs Victoria Memorial. However, the crude incident was not entirely surprising; after all what better can be expected from those hypocrite forces who divide multi-religious secular heterogeneous India on communal lines, yet dare to celebrate the birthday of that ultimate secular humanitarian Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose! Though refusal of speech by Banerjee is highly appreciated; the absolute silence of Narendra Modi, revolving the insult heaped upon the former in his presence by his supporters, that too in a programme hosted by his government, is extremely unfortunate to say the least.          
                KAJAL CHATTERJEE, Kolkata

Need Stringent Traffic Rules

WHEN I was in New Zealand for a month, I observed not one traffic violation and pedestrians were strictly accorded priority! Anyone can inform police of any traffic indiscipline by anyone. Police acknowledges and sends message to defaulter seeking reply and that is enough deterrent there! Because police are respected, they challan even politicians or influential people regardless and right from PM everyone sets a good example. Here the government is discontinuing a good Traffic Sentinel Scheme instead of punishing those misusing it. Also police cannot strictly implement traffic rules as VIPs and vested interests hamper and nor do they set a good example! Besides infrastructure like good roads, lighting, signages, proper markings and maintenance is poor. People are used to indiscipline! At national level, government is willing to defer the three contentious steamrolled laws for 18 months, but keeps playing with sentiments of agitating farmers

JOHN ERIC GOMES, Porvorim