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VOICES IN THE LIGHT LEttErs dam monster Thanks for your cover story on the Pancheshwar Dam, titled ‘Dam or Doom?’ In my opinion this is an utterly useless project. It will bring down huge tracts of forest, kill our precious wildlife, submerge hundreds of villages, reduce the pristine Kali and Saryu to dirty little streams and more. The nation will even pay a lot of money for this utter devastation. What madness. Ritika Dham Is the Pancheshwar Dam really needed? The project seems unviable. It is high time we looked for alternative sources of energy like solar and wind instead of opting for such massive hydro-electric projects that drown forests and villages and displace people. In whose interest is this being built? That is the milliondollar question. Latha Bhaskar This dam is a disaster in the making. A very foolish and greedy decision, neglecting nature, people and the environment. Major Indra Chand midwife taskforce With reference to your interview with Dr K. Srinath Reddy titled ‘Healthcare is a service, not a business', I would like to point out that overcrowding of public facilities, overburdened staff with limited resources and almost no supporting infrastructure is the reality in nearly all public hospitals in India with regard to maternity and newborn services. India needs professional midwives. They can be the backbone of maternity services. This unique taskforce of midwives can deliver care R E A D U S. W E R E A D Y O U. 1 year `1000 Print + Digital 2 years `1800 Print + Digital 3 years `2800 Print + Digital 1 year `700 Only Digital SAMITA RATHOR at community level and refer complicated cases in time thus helping to save lives and reduce overcrowding. It is time for the government to demonstrate true leadership and the political will to invest in professional midwifery across India. It should be made mandatory for any hospital providing maternity services to have professional midwives. Only then will women be offered respectful care and maternal morbidity/mortality will decrease. Evita Fernandez Goa’s gram sabhas I read your story, ‘Goa’s gritty gram sabhas,’ with interest. Every politician who has been elected to the State Assembly has used this grassroots body to enhance his or her political career. When politicians are on this side of the fence they highlight the plight of gram sabhas and plead for funds for development. But when they get elected as MLAs they conveniently forget what they once espoused. They fail to realise the reason why people elected them as their representatives. Even when the central government amended the Constitution to strengthen panchayati raj, our Goan politicians weren’t bothered. They expected somebody to take the matter to court where they would be able to tame the judiciary. See what happened in the 2G scam case. Only a revolution of the masses can save this state. The other option is to leave it in the hands of the Almighty. Orlando da Silva rural outreach I read the story ‘Villagers get grievance redressal under one roof,’ in your last issue. The Sehgal Foundation is working hard to bring smiles to the faces of people who are poor and illiterate. Sharing is the best caring in today’s selfish globalised world. I appreciate their efforts. Manisha Dagar child nutrition I would like to thank Bharat Dogra for his story, ‘Rural creches for better nutrition.’ The work of the Jan Swasthya Sahyog is truly admirable and impactful. I think the creches being run by them could be a model for anganwadis elsewhere in rural India. Shamika Agarwal letters should be sent to response@civilsocietyonline.com SUBSCRIBE NOW! BECAUSE EVERYONE IS SOMEONE Name: ..................................................................................... Address: ................................................................................. ................................................................................................ ................................................................................................ ................................................................................................ State:.......................................Pincode: .................................. Phone: ......................................Mobile: .................................. E-mail:......................................................................................... Cheque to: Content Services and Publishing Pvt. Ltd. Mail to: The Publisher, Civil Society, A-16, (West Side), 1st Floor, South Extension - 2, New Delhi - 110049. Phone: 011-46033825, 9811787772 E-mail to: response@civilsocietyonline.com Visit us at www.civilsocietyonline.com Civil SoCiety FeBRUARy 2018 5

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