It is laudable that 13 pink auto-rickshawas started their services for women passengers in Bongaigaon on January 17. These auto-rickshawas were driven by trained women drivers from 6 am to 6 pm.
Out of these 13 pink auto rickshaws, Bongaigaon Refinery (BGR) and tiol Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) of Bongaigaon authority provided 10 and 3 respectively for trained women drivers. It is a very laudable step from the safety point of view.
Bamgaon, Biswath Chariali.
Giving Non-resident Indians voting rights would definitely widen their involvement in development activities in India. They are undoubtedly as concerned over the state of affairs as the resident Indians. Given that voting is the only opportunity for citizens to influence policies and programmes and governce for the country, to this extent, Exterl Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's offer that NRIs could cast their votes is truly democratic, though it may have same political calculations.
But the suggestion that this could be done by issuing an authorization letter to their kin is fraught with danger, given that there is impersotion in voting. Secrecy, the essential feature of one's voting right, will be lost. There is no surety that the proxy would oblige his/her NRI kin by voting as per the latter's wish or ideological preference. Perhaps, e-voting is preferable to proxy voting.
Satish Kumar Sarma,
Kalyanpur, Biswath Chariali.