Restore credibility and trust

Waste not, want not: Food wastage is a national waste; keeping this in mind the Government’s plan to discuss the issue with hoteliers is a step in the right direction (‘Soon, hotels will serve only ‘fixed’portions of food’, April 12)....

The Hindu Business Line, April 12, 2017
Restore credibility and trust
This is with reference to ‘Cut out any doubt’ by Aditi Nigam (From the Viewsroom, April 12). This decade has seen the deterioration of trust in all walks of life. Political parties in the opposition who magnify all types of allegations against governments in power are equally responsible for this state of affairs as citizens who have developed a special interest in sensational and ‘spicy’ gossip. The media and the political leadership have perfected the art of converting even normal police action or routine deliberations in court into stories with a focus on ‘failure of governance’. This trend needs to be reversed.
Institutions such as the EC, CAG, RBI and even the courts are being dragged into controversies, making people suspicious of all the pillars of democracy. It is also true that all these institutions have stood the test of time and credibility.. The EVMs could be made a test case. It would be ridiculous to abandon a technology-driven voting system, built up over years and which is working well, due to pressure. But credibility needs to be restored. It would not be cost-effective to reintroduce paper ballots or even to have the so-called ‘Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail Machines’. But it should be possible to have both paper ballots and EVMs in some polling booths in order to establish that EVMs are not manipulated. Maybe the experiments should go on till trust and credibility are restored.
MG Warrier


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