Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Dec 2018 12:47:04



THE Union Government appears to have acted promptly in proscribing militant organisation Khalistan Liberation Front (KLF). The action follows the busting of quite a few militant modules active in several parts of Punjab. The latest crackdown was necessitated due to recent incidents of terrorism by the Khalistani protagonists and recovery of arms and ammunition and other explosive material.

All these years it was assumed that the spectre of Khalistani terrorism and separatist movement had died down. However, latest revelations show that separatist militancy had not died down but was lying dormant. There were also reports from countries like Canada and Pakistan that the Khalistani elements were regrouping there and gathering support, including raising funds and collecting weapons of destruction.

It was also apprehended that Pakistan may be encouraging these elements and lending support for subversive activities. The latest order by the Union Government suggests that it was well aware of the Khalistani activities and was watchful.



THE nation witnessed country-wide strike by officers and employees of public sector banks, bringing to a standstill all banking business for six days. The strike was called to oppose Government’s policy decision to merge Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda.

The Government’s thinking in this regard is to obtain economy of scale and make some of the loss making entities viable by reducing operational costs. But bank unions have been known from the past to oppose any policy decision taken by the Government for improving the functioning of banks. The unions had vociferously opposed the computerisation of banking operations in the past on the ground that the move will lead to throwing out of existing staff and shrink job opportunities in the banking sector.

These misgivings were falsified as customer services improved. Unions should introspect whether it is prudent to dictate and oppose policy matters proposed by Government. The better course would be to interact with the Government on such matters.