One of the most critical aspects of the article, “Pulling a village out of poverty” (March 18), was the call for the integration of all the collected data. It is, to a degree, quite unbelievable that we, the providers of some of the most complex IT solutions to the developed world, are unable to create an accurate database and use it to deliver services to the people.

The issue is not one of competence, expertise or the availability of technology; it is one of intent and drive. While the political executive strives to fund its elections at the local, State and national levels and in finding the economic wherewithal to win elections, it hardly finds the time to think about the people. If all members of the permanent executive and the judiciary strive to work for the betterment of the people, the country will progress by leaps and bounds.

Aditya G. Krishna, Chennai

India has always been a land of good policies and schemes, but which are poorly implemented. The article exemplifies the fact that it is not rocket science but sheer commitment by the authorities concerned that will deliver the goods.

Gokulaprabukumar G.N., Erode

It is over 60 years since independence, and India is still mired in poverty. How long will politicians keep offering schemes in the name of the poor and lining their pockets? It would not be incorrect to say that India is a poor country with a handful of rich people. The success of Chindhbarri must be replicated everywhere.

Kausar Sheikh, Udupi

Left-wing extremism poses a serious challenge to India’s internal security and has a devastating effect on the lives of the poor. Instead of spending huge amounts of money without a direct action plan, a result-oriented and balanced approach directed towards the root cause is what we need. Equipping the poor with better livelihood options will help empower them. The article shows that what we need are a few simple steps by a group of committed political parties and administrative officers.

Rincy Rajan, Kollam, Kerala

The problem in India is that though there is a great degree of planning, the implementation part fails. Most often, schemes are abandoned without any analysis of its pros and cons or the expected expenditure.

Smilna Sudhakar, Bangalore

Being an IAS aspirant and a State civil servant, I was able to relate to what the writer felt when it comes to implementing schemes. It is not the oft-cited policy paralysis or a paucity of funds that fail to deliver the goods, but only apathy. The ones who run the system have failed incredibly to tap the potential of young and dynamic civil servants who struggle to implement badly-strategised schemes. Many young IAS officers get into the services after having worked hard and with dreams. Please allow them to work!

K. Manas Teja, Hyderabad

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