Hike in Goa MLAs’ Salary Atrocious
The Goa Assembly has quietly passed the measure to raise MLAs’ salaries by a whopping 77 per cent. The reason as mentioned by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was price rise. Inflation, according to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) figures, is close to 5-6 per cent. So the unseemly and prodigious raise by 77 per cent is clearly atrocious. Moreover, it is a shame that these legislators take decisions for themselves and that too on the quiet without first considering others who are more deserving. Panchayat members who are paid peanuts have been clamouring for a raise for a long time. Nothing has been done for them. Not only that, many of the state-run corporations have not been given the last Pay Commission hikes for which a strike has been called by Kadamba Transport lately. Thus, you see our legislators not only feather their nests during their term but also make themselves financially comfortable in the process of doing so.
S KAMAT, Alto St. Cruz
India, Pak Must Wage War Against Poverty, Illiteracy
Apropos the article, ‘Imran’s challenging new innings’ by Rajdeep Sardesai (NT, Aug 3), India and Pakistan should wage an all-out war against poverty, hunger, malnutrition, unemployment, child labour, illiteracy, tuberculosis, malaria, dengue and other diseases in their own countries and not against each other. Indeed, both India and Pakistan need to start a healthy competition in human development. India and Pakistan are the backbenchers in the class of human development. The former is at 131st position and the latter at 147th in the Human Development Index rank. It will be highly beneficial for the people of both the countries if welfare diplomacy can be launched to get at least at par with Sri Lanka’s 73rd rank in HDI. Indeed, new welfare diplomacy is the need of the hour. The bottom line of it will be to say the truth loud and clear that in the case of conflict, it is the weapon sellers who always win at the cost of the people of both the countries. Indeed, any war in general and Indo-Pak war in particular are nothing but staging of Aesop’s story of a monkey winning the bread while two cats fight for the same.
SUJIT DE, Kolkata