Pay for the best
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Pay for the best
This refers to 'Proud to pay' (IE, January 11) by Shekhar Gupta. There is no doubt that consumers should pay the actual price of the goods or services they are using, but the biggest question that arises is about quality. When one pays for a bottle of a well-known mineral water brand, one is certain about its quality most of the time. But this is not always the case with goods or services provided by the government. Whether it is power, water supply, LPG or transport, most citizens have to fight hard for services and are still not sure about what they will get. It doesn't matter how much one pays, but what one pays for.
— Sumeet Seth, Kamal
THE conviction of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, his son and around 50 others in the teachers recruitment scam should be a warning sign for public officials ('Om Prakash Chautala pleads for leniency, CBI seeks maximum jail term', IE, January 17). The nexus between politicians, the police and bureaucrats in Haryana seems to have silenced whistle-blowers. That is why the state has poor standards of governance and the honest man feels victimised by institutionalised corruption. But he should not give up. Let Chautala's case be an
eye-opener for corrupt officials who think they can get away with their crimes. The law will catch up with them.
— R.D. Singh, Ambala
Justice with speed
THIS refers to 'Handle with care' (IE, January.18). The argument that while handling cases relating to sexual crimes, fast-track courts should avoid playing to the gallery is perceptive. The editorial also argues that "the focus should be on justice, not speed", but judicial pendency is a serious issue, and the speed at which these cases are handled is also important. The adage "justice delayed is justice denied" has some truth to it. In certain cases, the victim has no option but to withdraw the case because the courts take years to hand out the verdict.