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Letters - May 1-15, 2015

Issue Date: May 15, 2015
Readers maketh a magazine Since our inception, we have received overwhelming letters from our readers showing their love and support. But there were some who also criticised and cautioned us. Their feedback was critical for our growth. On our 23rd anniversary, we present 23 such letters. Sorry, it's 22; one is our first letter wishing us good luck. We just couldn't resist republishing it   OUR FIRST LETTER

Letters - April 16-30, 2015

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2015
Straw for green power This is with reference to the editorial "Straw in the wind" (February 16-28, 2015). I agree that surplus straw, which is a valuable resource, should be put to far better use in villages for rural development. Anaerobic digestion of crop residues produces biogas and nutrient-rich manure. The biogas can be used for power generation in areas that are not connected to the grid. This will boost economic activities in the area. The manure produced can be used in the farms.

Letters - April 1-15, 2015

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2015
Green bodies lack teeth This is with regard to the editorial "Walk the talk on carbon tax, Mr Finance Minister" (March 1-15, 2015). I thought the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) was pretty toothless, so where is the question of getting some of its teeth knocked out?

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Environment-related Acts are outdated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
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