Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION -

Apro­pos ‘Pay for park­ing ve­hi­cles out­side houses in 10 cities of Pun­jab (HT Pun­jab, April 15), the de­ci­sion if im­ple­mented will be bla­tant gov­ern­ment ex­tor­tion. Have not the res­i­dents al­ready paid mul­ti­ple taxes and levies on pur­chase and ply­ing of ve­hi­cles or pur­chases of houses for liv­ing? Has the MC pro­vided park­ing spa­ces in lieu? Au­thor­i­ties have al­ready failed mis­er­ably in pro­vid­ing safe park­ing space at mar­ket/pub­lic places de­spite charg­ing hefty park­ing fee (which in it­self is un­jus­ti­fied). Now, such de­ci­sions and no­ti­fi­ca­tions sig­nal that a day is not far when res­i­dents will be asked to pay tax for sleep­ing com­fort­ably in their own houses. Such unreasonable and un­called-for tax must be with­drawn im­me­di­ately.

MPS Chadha, Mohali gov­ern­ment on sports, there is vis­i­ble im­prove­ment in per­for­mance and the coun­try will soon be among top sport­ing na­tions. Two gold medals are spe­cial. Mary Kom, a mother of three, win­ning the box­ing gold medal at the age of 35 is truly a unique feat. She de­feated a young, en­er­getic op­po­nent in her 20s. She is rightly termed Mag­nif­i­cent Mary. Won­der boy Anish Bhan­wala, in his teens, and at his first CWG ap­pear­ance, struck gold. There were some who missed gold by a whisker. All medal win­ners will in­spire oth­ers to achieve even more. The gov­ern­ment must hone its sports pol­icy even more to en­sure even greater glory.

Sub­hash Vaid

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