Letters to the Editor (January 24, 2022)

Jan 24, 2022 | 05:17 IST

Letters to the Editor (January 24, 2022)

Current Political Scenario in Goa

A plethora of political parties and aspirants howl over promises, stipends and similar unfair procedures. It is not known which of them is unique. The Raj family was well accepted. The same goes for those who have criminal charges.

In other words, no party stands out and the voter seems to have no choice but to vote for the individuals rather than the party. Ultimately, the outcome will be chaotic and government formation will turn into a bidding process.

Too many circus artists. Apparently, we are back to square one, even before the start of the electoral process. Finally, it is the citizens who will be helpless.

Honorato Velho, Benaulim

Vaccination has a mixed impact on cases

While vaccinations have reached the level of 1.6 billion doses in India, it should be noted that apart from the fact that it is winter in most parts of the country, the number of infections in the country in the last two days, January 20, 21 were 3.48 lakh and 3/36 lakh respectively, meaning that one in 3,900 people in India are currently infected. Surprisingly however, Omicron variant cases are currently only at 10,050 cases, increasing at a daily rate of only 4-6%, meaning most cases are due to the Delta variant.

This fact could also be due to the fact that tests for the Omicron variant were conducted to a lesser extent. However, the death rate dropped to 408 and 407 on January 20 and 21 respectively. This clearly indicates that inoculation was responsible for the decline in deaths, but infections still saw a substantial increase in the number of infections from 2 lakh to about one a week ago.

Thus, the administration of injections had a mixed effect, unable to limit the current increase in infections. Reason enough to follow SOPs and maximum restraint despite vaccination.

Elvidio Miranda, Panaji

Goa Assembly Election

This Goa Assembly election can no longer be “party based” for the voter, if the basis of candidate nominations by all recognized political parties is taken into account. It is no longer a “vote for” election. This is a “vote against” period.

Eliminate the ones you want to reject first and choose the best from the rest. It would be appropriate for the Electoral Commission to reflect and place the photographs of the candidates also next to the symbol, so that the voter is not confused.

“Celebrate the love for Goa. Vote with vengeance.

Vendetta Remedios, Arpora

Sudden desire to serve the people

Goa has seen many incumbent BJP MPs resign from the party and try their luck as independent candidates after being denied tickets to contest the upcoming elections. They refer to themselves as “the people’s candidate” (whatever that means), justifying their decision by the desire to serve citizens and uphold values ​​and ethics. A large-scale cross-party movement of these netas is underway, all eager to benefit the state and the country. The common man fails to understand why they did not “serve” the citizens (sole ruler) when they were in power and why this new love for values, morals and probity in public life at the time where they are canceled by their own parties.

All such sanctimonious pietism should be treated for what it really is…pure pure farce, the janta should not be fooled by this excuse and vote for good candidates, not parties.

Vinay Dwivedi, Benaulim

protect the little girl

National Girl’s Day is celebrated in India today, January 24. The Ministry of Women and Child Development of the Government of India had started this celebration in 2008. Indira Gandhi was sworn in as the country’s first woman on January 24, 1966, so it is an important day in history. of the country and the emancipation of women.

The Beti Bacchao, Beti Padao program was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 to address the issue of declining sex ratio among children and provide girls with appropriate educational opportunities.

National Day of the Girl is observed in order to highlight the inequalities faced by girls in the country, as well as to raise awareness of and protect the rights of girls. Poverty and gender are the two main challenges that impact the education of the girl child. India has enacted a series of laws to protect girls including the Child Marriage Restraint Act (1929), Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act 1956, Child Labor (Prohibition and regulations) of 1986, among others. What is needed is proper enforcement of these laws.

The day is celebrated in order to organize programs which include an awareness campaign on ‘Save the Girl Child’, the sex ratio of children and the creation of a healthy and safe environment for girls. There are several issues plaguing girls, from infanticide to gender inequality to sexual abuse. All of these issues need to be resolved.

Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco

A bugle call on behalf of the students

The Maharashtra government has decided to open schools and colleges from January 24 with stings as per the notifications from the education department. The Omicron variants have given an ominous start to the reopening of schools and as a result, state governments and schools have backtracked on reopening schools and jitters continue to haunt students. But with some slacking off and the usual jab, the kids have another chance to attend class. But how far will children and parents go with open hearts and students attending their regular classes?

All along, students and parents were reluctant to attend schools after the Covid-19 scare and have now found another variant blocking their entry to school.

Children are already reluctant to go to school, with Omicron spreading across the country. This war against the deadly Covid-19 virus remains invincible until our children are protected. We advocate to protect the younger generation. It is our duty to Mother India to ensure the safety of her younger generation.

It is time to protect children and thus protect the nation because children are the future of this country. It is better to continue with the online options for a while to avoid the spread of viruses.

CK Subramaniam, Navi Mumbai

‘Carry Goa’ on February 14

The Herald’s edition “Finding solutions to the taxi hire problem” (Herald, January 20) revealed that vehicles from Maharashtra will be hired to transport Election Commission employees, which was rightly opposed by the local taxi driver associations. Even if the bidding process was legitimate (and history has taught us it probably wasn’t), the loss of income for Goa’s breadwinners will only be the beginning of the aftermath. to this oversight.

Maharashtrian drivers are unfamiliar with the roads of Goa and if pressured by authoritarian EC officials, reckless driving will put innocent lives at risk. In the last election, I saw a vehicle with an On Election Duty sign passing by like it was part of a scene from the movie Transporter; we have recently witnessed terrible losses due to drivers who thought they had exceptional skills. Goans are hoping for a fresh start and while we may end up with forty lemons again, we all deserve the chance to experience this Valentine’s Day.

Chris Fernandes, Miramar

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