Shaky aadhaar?

Shaky aadhaar?

* This refers to 'Laying a new aadhaar' (IE, October 25). Pratap Bhanu Mehta has perceptively identified the Aadhaar-based cash transfers as a momentous paradigm shift in our welfare architecture, which could only be scuppered by the rigidity of our old-fashioned bureaucracy. He has also highlighted the ideological contradictions within the UPA, which, on the one hand proposes a game-changer like Aadhaar, but on the other, advocates a retrograde food security bill. But the most controversial issue is whether making cash transfers to the poor is advisable. As Mehta writes, it would be very difficult to change a large-scale welfare architecture once it is institutionalised. Cash transfer could prove to be a game changer or a political economy disaster for our country. For that reason, a patient and scrupulous assessment of its merits is required. The government should not launch the scheme in a hurry.

Jagrut Gadit


Something fishy

* THE Kingfisher management's offer to pay striking employees four months of salary in December appears to be suspect ('Kingfisher strike ends, uncertainty continues', IE, October 26). Could this have been an attempt to assuage employees and prevent a demonstration against Vijay Mallya during the Formula One Indian Grand Prix in Greater Noida? Over the last year, Mallya has appeared unreliable, often going back on solemn promises made to Kingfisher Airline's employees, choosing to communicate with them via Twitter.

V. Chandramohan


Speedy justice

* It is heartening to see that the US judicial system does not bow to pressure from men in power and meets the demands of justice ('Story in a sentence', IE, October 26). Had Rajat Gupta's trial been carried out in India, he would probably not have received a comparable sentence. Further, the US judicial system enabled District Judge Jed Rakoff to deliver the verdict promptly, without unnecessary delay. The Indian judicial system allows cases to drag on for years. It should take notes on the efficiency with which the Gupta verdict has been delivered.

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