x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Concerns over domestic workers worth highlighting

A reader says the Indian navy chief, Admiral DK Joshi, has become a scapegoat. Other topics: BeIn Sport. maids, Doha mall fire, Emirates ID, cars

Admiral DK Joshi resigned last week as chief of the Indian navy, taking moral responsibility for a series of accidents over the past few months. A reader thinks Admiral Joshi has been made a scapegoat. Harish Tyagi / EPA
Admiral DK Joshi resigned last week as chief of the Indian navy, taking moral responsibility for a series of accidents over the past few months. A reader thinks Admiral Joshi has been made a scapegoat. Harish Tyagi / EPA

Many thanks to Ayesha Almazroui for setting forth a strong argument for ratifying pending legislation to protect domestic workers’ rights in the UAE (It’s time to offer better protection to domestic staff, February 24).

Implementation and enforcement of the law, if enacted, are of critical importance, as legislation is only effective when it is actually followed.

Perhaps there should be efforts in place to educate sponsors about the components of the new law, coupled with public education efforts to raise awareness of this issue.

And while The National must continue to report on these horrifying stories of domestic worker abuse, it should also profile domestic workers whose sponsors have helped them to change the trajectory of their lives by sending their children to university, purchasing land back home, or starting a family business.

There are no doubt many examples of just and generous sponsors in the UAE, and they can serve as a model for us all.

Saba Brelvi, Abu Dhabi

BeIn needs to be customer friendly

There is no doubt that beIn Sport’s customer service could be improved (Not good enough, says face of TV football, March 2).

What has not been covered in the news is the fact that customers are being asked to ditch their old decoders or receivers that Al Jazeera Sports (beIn’s parent) asked subscribers to buy when they launched their service.

I have a Humax 1010 decoder, which has now been rendered useless. The regulators should look into this if they care about consumer rights. One must be able to exchange old decoders for new ones.

Farid S, Dubai

Indian navy chief is a scapegoat

I am commenting on the article Two sailors missing after Indian submarine accident (February 27). Unfortunately, negligence and delays in replacing old fleet seem to be the reason behind the recent two submarine accidents that took place near the Mumbai port, as well as some of the earlier ones.

If reports are to be believed, modernisation of the naval fleet has been pending for a long time. Following the recent accident, the navy chief resigned owning the moral responsibility, which is surprising. He had 15 months of service left.

The general feeling is that he has been made a scapegoat. Heads should have rolled elsewhere. A proper investigations will hopefully pin down the culprit. As for the moral responsibility, the minister of defence should have been the first to quit.

CS Pathak, India

Doha mall tragedy is unfortunate

It was sad to hear about the mall accident in Doha (At least 12 Killed in gas explosion at mall restaurant in Doha, March 1).

Even though the kin of the victims will get compensation, no amount of money can compensate for the loss of lives.

K Ragavan, India

Why collect cards from post office?

I am writing to express my displeasure over the Emirates ID card delivery. As always, they are supposed to be delivered by Empost. I believe the charge for the ID card includes postal charges. But when the time of delivery comes, Empost sends text messages and asks you to collect the card from the post office instead of them delivering it. I request the authorities to look into this matter.

Name withheld by request

New car plan will hit middle class

The solution to keep the number of cars in the UAE under check may not lie in increasing registration fees and vehicle insurance, because those who drive luxury cars or have more than one vehicle can afford to maintain them (Dubai civic chief calls for tough curbs on car ownership, February 9).

They are not middle class people. So, even if the registration fees are increased by 50 per cent or more as well as the insurance cost, it would not affect them. On the other hand, it will make the life of ordinary people more difficult in a country where a car is an essential part of life. The middle class is already suffering under the crushing house rents, skyrocketing commodity prices and zero increments in pay.

Name withheld by request