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Dig­i­tal gaps

This is with ref­er­ence to the editorial, ‘Re­viv­ing tele­com’ (Oc­to­ber 30). Sadly, the Gov­ern­ment seems to be lever­ag­ing the tele­com rev­o­lu­tion pri­mar­ily for rev­enue and less for its po­ten­tial to aid dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion. The model of mar­ket com­pe­ti­tion say in con­sumer goods can not be repli­cated in a piv­otal ser­vice such as tele­com, tied to econ­omy and fi­nance, where the role of reg­u­la­tors needs to be pre­scient and firm. The gap be­tween pol­i­cy­mak­ing and reg­u­la­tion in In­dian tele­com needs to be con­stantly bridged to tackle the dig­i­tal era. Tel­cos reel­ing un­der debt stress may not be able to cope. The ma­ligned 2G al­lo­ca­tions pro­vided a poly­no­mial burst in user base at one of the low­est global tar­iffs. De­spite this we are try­ing to dig­i­tally cover trans­ac­tions of every de­scrip­tion.

R Narayanan

Ghazi­abad, Ut­tar Pradesh

That the tele­com in­dus­try is in dire straits would send shiv­ers down the spine of the ex­ist­ing work­force. The lay-offs in this sec­tor have been go­ing on for more than a year. The Gov­ern­ment has failed to take any ini­tia­tives to bail out the in­dus­try.

By al­low­ing one com­pany to mo­nop­o­lise the sec­tor, TRAI has failed to pre­dict the likely neg­a­tive fall­out with re­spect to other com­pa­nies. Such de­vel­op­ments send the wrong sig­nals to as­pir­ing FIIs. The Gov­ern­ment should treat the predica­ment as a wake-up call.

V Subra­ma­nian


With Reliance Com­mu­ni­ca­tions ask­ing about 1000 em­ploy­ees to leave, the sit­u­a­tion has wors­ened. This, although this the sec­tor is on the cusp of a ma­jor data rev­o­lu­tion.

All the stake­hold­ers need to sit to­gether to de­vice a strat­egy to ad­dress this con­cern. We need out-ofthe-box think­ing.

Bal Govind

Noida, Ut­tar Pradesh

With prof­itabil­ity un­der se­vere stress, the sec­tor is be­com­ing un­vi­able for sev­eral com­pa­nies. The Gov­ern­ment must take ap­pro­pri­ate steps to en­sure that the tele­com play­ers gen­er­ate a min­i­mum rate of re­turn on the cap­i­tal they have in­vested. In the ab­sence of proac­tive ac­tion, the tele­com sec­tor might gen­er­ate un­wel­come NPAs that can choke the bank­ing sys­tem's cap­i­tal.

Swarup Chan­drashekar


Be cir­cum­spect

‘In­quiries and con­spir­acy sto­ries’ (From the Views­room, Oc­to­ber 30) by NS Vageesh is very per­ti­nent. Nor­mally, the deaths of charis­matic lead­ers are shrouded in mys­tery by fol­low­ers even if there is lit­tle rea­son for this. Even an open and shut case like Ma­hatma Gandhi’s mur­der has made some­one raise a doubt about the real killer. What is more mys­te­ri­ous is that the Supreme Court has agreed to look into this re­quest.

Given that the apex court has a back­log of nearly 57,000 cases — some of them pend­ing for more than five years — is this the right ap­proach? Both the Gov­ern­ment and the courts should be cir­cum­spect about re­spond­ing to such re­quests.

YG Chouk­sey


Col­li­sion course

The gov­ern­ment and the ju­di­ciary have on a col­li­sion course ever since the Supreme Court turned down the Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posal for a Na­tional Ju­di­cial Ap­point­ments Com­mis­sion, rul­ing it un­con­sti­tu­tional. This is an un­healthy de­vel­op­ment.

De­lay in the ap­point­ment of judges and in­ad­e­quate staff alone are not re­spon­si­ble for de­layed dis­posal of cases. Cases that can be dis­posed of in one or two hear­ings are dragged on for a num­ber of years. If cheques are bounced for want of funds, the in­tent of the drawer of the in­stru­ment to de­ceive the drawee is vis­i­ble. There is ab­so­lutely no need for th­ese cases to take so long. When there are in­ad­e­quate num­ber of judges, the ad­min­is­tra­tive ma­chin­ery of the ju­di­ciary should work rig­or­ously to dis­pose of cases quickly with­out com­pro­mis­ing on its de­mand to fill up all the va­can­cies.

Jus­tice de­layed is jus­tice de­nied. And although jus­tice hur­ried is jus­tice buried, his­tory is not re­plete with hur­ried de­liv­ery of jus­tice. It is high time the Gov­ern­ment and ju­di­ciary closed ranks in the larger in­ter­est of lit­i­gants.

KV Seethara­ma­iah

Has­san, Kar­nataka

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