A SETBACK

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Sep 2017 12:14:49


SCRAPPING of the amnesty programme, granting work permits to immigrants who arrived in the US illegally as children by President Mr. Donald Trump is likely to prove counterproductive economically, besides causing social unrest. Protests against the decision have already begun outside the White House, with Los Angels Mayor Mr. Eric Garcetti terming the decision as a big setback for the US. Contribution made by immigrants in making the US a super power cannot be denied.

There are many non-Americans occupying top posts in big corporate houses, research labs, and, even in politics. These people have reached the pinnacle purely on the basis of merit and not as a favour. Denying immigrants right to work would be a great injustice to them. Mr. Trump’s earlier controversial decisions like denying visas to the people from six Muslim countries, restrictions on firms on employing non-Americans etc. have created panic among the people. His latest decision has further complicated the matters for immigrants who look to the US as a land of opportunities.

GO ELECTRIC

UNION Transport Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari is serious about bringing a transformation in the public transport system by replacing all petrol-diesel-run vehicles with electric ones in coming years. Thousands of new buses, autorickshaws, trucks, cars, and taxis are being added daily, worsening the road traffic besides harming the environment. Respiratory diseases are on the rise among citizens in all the cities because of the deadly carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by the vehicles.

The best way to curb vehicular pollution is to find an alternative fuel to run them. Electric vehicles offer the best solution to the problem. Besides protecting the environment, electrically-run vehicles would cut huge oil import bill of the country, saving huge funds that can be utilised elsewhere. India is a party to Paris climate change agreement and has pledged to curb release of hazardous gases into the air and help the world in cutting down temperature by two degrees. To achieve this goal, it is necessary to promote electric vehicles.