Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Feb 2019 11:55:48










BY CALLING on the Election Commission members doubting the efficacy of the electronic voting machines (EVMs), leaders of various Opposition parties are trying every trick of the trade to keep the issue on boil as the country gears up for general elections. After their earlier demand of moving back to the ballot paper system was rejected by the Election Commission, the Opposition leaders had to change their goalpost to question use of EVMs. Now, as a new strategy the parties are demanding matching of 50 per cent EVMs with voter variable paper audit trails (VVPATs). This shift again exposes the dirty politics of the parties all of whom had come a cropper when the EC had thrown an open challenge over claims of hacking the machines. The EC may look into the new demand of matching more EVMs with VVPATs but it must fit into the scheme of time management. Man power and man hours are the core issues for the EC while taking up the massive exercise of voting and counting in Lok Sabha elections. It should not be compromised at any cost.


ACCORDING to Union Minister for Road Transport Mr. Nitin Gadkari the five lakh accidents that occur every year account for 1,50,000 deaths. Such a high number of deaths due to an unnatural cause is not witnessed even in wars. This should become a cause of concern for every citizen of the country. According to Maharashtra’s Minister for Road Transport Mr. Diwakar Raote, of the 13,000 deaths that were reported in road accidents in the State in 2018, 80 pc were caused due to human error and rash driving. Thus, while some of the accidents could be attributed to bad road condition, poor lighting, treacherous terrain, bad vehicle condition etc., the major cause appears to be irresponsible driving. It follows that majority of such accidents are avoidable if drivers of vehicles take adequate precautions. While much of the responsibility lies with the vehicle drivers, Mr. Gadkari has set a target for his ministry for improving road condition to minimise human loss in mishaps, a welcome target for which a new law is in offing.