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VUDA lapses

Though an agency of the government, VUDA has been working like a commercial entity and not caring for inclusive growth.

During the real estate boom, it sold government land through auctions, earning money to the exchequer and ignoring the interests of the poor and downtrodden.

For instance, it auctioned the lands at Kummarapalem in 2009 without even having the land in its possession. It levied penal interest on the buyers for delay in payment, despite the fact that it was not in a position to transfer the title.

Under the circumstances, VUDA should be asked to pay for its lapses in the Harita project and not demand it from the allottees.

K.M. Lakshmana Rao

Visakhapatnam

Kudos to ECoR union

As a retired railway employee and president of Railway Pensioners’ Association I appreciate the efforts of general secretary of ECoR Shramik Union for organising an exclusive counter for enrolment for Aadhaar cards for railway employees and retired employees. Other organisations too could follow the example and set up such exclusive counters.

C. Rama Rao

Visakhapatnam

Change base year

The base year for indexation for capital gains tax continues to be 1981 due to which the tax payer has to shell out a significantly large amount.

Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has not only failed to take cognisance of the need to change the base year but also to table the proposed revisions to Direct Taxes Code.

Further, the HRA deduction under Section 80GG continues to be an unrealistic Rs. 2000, as a result of which no one is able to claim the benefit.

The Finance Minister should do the needful immediately.

N. Gopalakrishna

Visakhapatnam

Plight of

outsourced staff

The outsourced employees who work on par with regular employees in government agencies and establishments get only a fraction of the pay. Further, the agency that provides salary for these employees cheats them by not remitting their PF and ESI amounts, causing immense loss to the individuals.

The government should step in and ensure that these agencies pay the ESI, PF, and other benefits to the employees.

Dora Satyanarayana

Visakhapatnam

Railway budget disappointing

Pawan Kumar Bansal’s Railway Budget was disappointing, to say the least. It shows utter disregard to the needs of the State that has sent 33 MPs who prop up the shaky UPA-II.

The proposed hike in freight rate is sure to increase the prices. Proposals like Kotipalli-Narsapur railway line, inclusion of Kakinada in the main line, and sanctioning of new line between Kovvur and Bhadrachalam have remained only on paper.

Union HRD Minister Pallam Raju should have brought pressure on the Centre on issues concerning the State, after all the general elections are round the corner.

S.M. Kompella

Kakinada


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