The establishment

* This refers to 'Double role' (IE, January 3). With the Arvind Kejriwal-led minority government winning the trust vote in the Delhi assembly, the stage is now set for the Aam Aadmi Party to prove its ability to govern. The AAP government has fulfilled two of its poll promises 20 kl per month per household of free water and cheaper electricity. Curiously, the economics behind these freebies remains unexplained. The new government must come out with a specific, workable agenda for a corruption-free administration. The Congress has pledged support to the AAP government it must respect the mandate given by the electorate to the AAP and allow the government to last a full term and do its work. The prospects of the AAP in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections will be significantly determined by its delivery of clean and good governance.

N.V. Unnithan

Mumbai

Delivering health

* This refers to the editorial 'Mother care' (IE, January 2). The maternal mortality rate in India, which was once embarrassingly high, has been reduced, thanks to the concerted efforts of the government and health volunteers. That the states with the most dismal records have marched ahead means that the difference in the standards of maternal care between the best- and the worst-governed states has reduced. This also means that the Centre's efforts have rightly been directed at the states that need its attention the most. Much more needs to be done now. Poverty, illiteracy, lack of awareness, lack of adequate transport facilities in rural India, insufficient emergency drugs all these factors contribute to the continuing ordeal of the pregnant woman. All is still not well with our primary health centres. In spite of the best efforts of the government, our villages lack trained doctors and nurses. Pregnant women still have to depend on untrained midwives.

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