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Letters - March 16-31, 2015

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2015
Use sewage with caution This is with regard to the article, "Is sewage farming safe?" (February 16-28, 2015). Farmers are using untreated sewage water for farming because it is easily available and almost free. Since there have been no dedicated scientific studies on the harmful effects of sewage on plants, it is not wise to use untreated water. We have to keep the long-term health of citizens in mind.

Letters - March 1-15, 2015

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2015
Environment-related Acts are outdated

Letters - February 16-28, 2015

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2015
We need income-oriented farm policy I read with great deal of concern the article titled "Into the abyss" (January 16-31). It is important that the points made by the author are taken into serious consideration while developing our future agricultural policy. The National Policy for Farmers submitted by the National Commission on Farmers (NCF) in 2006 calls for a shift in our agricultural policy from being production-oriented to being income-oriented.

Letters - February 1-15, 2015

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2015
Just talk, no work This is with reference to "It's nice but not sunny" (January 1-15, 2015). It's surprising that today neither a gram of polycrystalline silicon nor a single silicon wafer is being produced in the country. These are the basic materials for making solar cells and photovoltaic (PV) modules, which produce electricity from sunlight. Given that the cost of PV modules is about US $0.5 per Watt, the country would need a foreign exchange of US $0.5 trillion for importing 100 GW of PV modules.

Letters - January 16-31, 2015

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2015
Death trap This is with reference to cover story "Lethal Target" (January 1-15). The death of 15 women at sterilisation camps in Chhattisgarh exposes the pathetic state of free medical camps in India. Surprisingly, instead of taking the moral responsibility for the fiasco, the state health minister put the blame on the doctor and suspended him.

Letters - January 1-15, 2015

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2015
Empower NGT The cover story "Tribunal on trial" (November 15-30, 2014) that dealt with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) was an interesting read. I am not convinced, however, that setting up new institutions is really what India needs. I think it is more important to make the established institutions work more effectively.

Letters - December 16-31, 2014

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2014
Farmer's due

Letters - December 1-15, 2014

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2014
Milking dairy demand This is with reference to "Mr Milkman is here" (October 15-31, 2014). After living in Delhi for 20 years, I recently moved to Chennai. It is sad that cow's milk is not available in any shop or dairy in the city and the quality of packaged milk is not very good. Local dairies should be set up in Chennai like the ones in Delhi. K R Shankar  

Letters - November 16-30, 2014

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2014
Killer cookhouse

Letters - November 1-15, 2014

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2014
Beware of greenwash
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