LETTERS

Trifling concern

This refers to the news report “Panel proposes correction in Bikram Sambat” (THT, Jan. 15). The panel formed under the Ministry of Education and Culture has recommended the removal of the month of Chaitra from the calendar of 2066 BS to make the calendar “error-free”. This kind of indulgence in petty matters — while there are more pressing issues that remain unresolved — shows that the ministers are squandering taxpayers’ hard-earned money on petty matters. Such a move will be highly controversial. The ministers should instead

focus on their main job of holding a free and fair constituent assembly

election.

Rupesh R Khanal,

Bhaktapur

Check graft

In the interim constitution and the 23-point agreement, the political parties have committed to fight corruption. The real test for the political parties now is to demonstrate their integrity by working towards fulfilling their vows, which will also enhance their image for the upcoming CA polls. The government should not let corruption suspects go scot-free but investigate their past records and take action. If the government is really serious about controlling corruption, a zero-tolerance policy must be adopted. NGOs working for good governance, civil society members and the media too must help the government in its bid to uproot corruption.

Ramesh Bahadur Shrestha, Lalitpur

Tribute

Many organisations, associations and individuals have expressed their condolence over the demise of Sir Edmund Hillary. The philanthropic contributions of Hillary in Nepal and his first triumph over Mt Everest were also recalled time and again. However, we seem to have forgotten to honour his idea of reforming the mountaineering sector and preserving bio-diversity of the Himalayas. Putting his ideas into practice would be a fitting tribute to him.

Dev Raj Adhikary, Nepaltar

Inspiration

Sir Edmund Hillary not only made Nepal known around the world but also greatly helped Nepalis, especially the Sherpas and the dwellers of the Himalayas. Hence his death comes as a blow to all Nepalis. His great deeds must inspire Nepalis to follow the path of

compassion and selfless charity.

Tsering Tashi Gurung,

via e-mail

Liar, liar

I learn that the government has sought immediate financial aid from its development partners to meet its recurrent expenses, “Govt in red; seeks greens to escape blues” (THT, Jan. 16). The same establishment has already postponed CA polls twice after spending hundreds of millions of rupees in the name of poll preparations. For the third time, the Seven Party

Alliance government has promised timely, free and fair polls. But how can the polls be held without adequate finances?

Moreover, how fair is it to dole out a million rupees each for every lawmaker when many common Nepalis don’t even have enough to eat? The donors should assist the lawmakers only on the condition that they will return the amount should the polls be postponed again.

Ramesh Neupane,

Mahankal, Kathmandu