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Sir, After deletion of the `H' seal, the cardholders can get all essential commodities through their respective fair price shops. But for those who had opted for sugar only supply of goods other than sugar is denied on the ground that there is no instruction in this regard.
So, the State Government should instruct the fair price shop salesmen to make available all commodities to all cardholders.
Town bus service
Sir, There is no town bus service from Thanjavur Medical College to the new bus stand. The people residing in residential localities like Municipal Colony, Natarapuram, Easwari Nagar, Thangam Nagar and Balaji Nagar suffer a lot due to non-availability of town bus service to the new bus stand. They have to travel in auto-rickshaws.
Those coming from Tiruchi have to get down at Vallam to board town buses for reaching Thanjavur Medical College or nearby localities and those coming from Kumbakonam and Nagapattinam have to get down at Ramanathan Hospital stop for proceeding to these areas by town buses. I request the authorities to introduce town bus service from Thanjavur Medical College to the new bus stand immediately.
Extra DA for pensioners
Sir, The Fifth Pay Commission recommended to the Central Government to grant an extra dearness allowance of 0.5 per cent to those employees who had retired after 33 years of service for every completed year of service till their superannuation.
Such cases will be very few. The Union Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram, should consider the matter sympathetically and do the needful.
BSNL telephone bills
Sir, The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) sends bimonthly phone bills around 20th of every month instructing the subscribers to pay the bills on or before 26th or 28th without penalty. The middle class people get their salary in the first week of every month. Businessmen also find it difficult to pay the bills in the last week of a month. So, if the last date is rescheduled as 10th of a month, it will be convenient to everyone.
Consumer Protection Council, Tiruchi.
Noise pollution in buses
Sir, This has reference to the letter `Noise pollution in buses,' published in these columns last week. I fully endorse the points raised by the writer.
For, I was proceeding to Tiruchi from Kumbakonam recently. As soon as the bus rolled out of the bus stand, a tape recorder was switched on.
It played melancholic Tamil film songs one after another. A passenger lost his patience and asked the crew to stop the recorder. He got instant support from other passengers and the recorder was switched off.
The purpose of boarding a bus is to reach a destination and not to enjoy music. Some may like it but not all passengers can have the same mindset. The crew do not know how music disturbs some passengers. The authorities concerned should take note of this disturbance and help the passengers to travel in buses with a peace of mind.
Too many changes in traffic system
Sir, The authorities concerned have effected too many changes in the last few years in the town bus routes in the Chathiram Bus Stand-Thillai Nagar/Woraiyur-Central Bus Stand area. Town buses running on these routes are not allowed to ply via the Teppakkulam Post Office and Holy Cross College. Instead, they have been diverted via the Karur Bypass Road Bridge. Hundreds of students of Bishop Heber Higher Secondary School, Holy Cross College, Holy Cross Higher Secondary School and a large number of commuters have been forced to trek to reach the Chathram Bus Stand to board buses operating on Thillai Nagar and Woraiyur routes.
I appeal to the authorities to restore the original routes and allow buses to ply via the College Road, Post Office, Holy Cross College and the Maris Overbridge.
`Give receipts for complaints'
Sir, Many police stations in the State refuse to give receipts for complaints preferred by the public even when they insist on them.
The issue of receipts would strengthen the relationship between the police and the people, and create confidence in the minds of the public.
I request the Director General of Police to issue a directive to all police stations to issue receipts for the complaints preferred by the people.
V. P. K. Sangaran,
Construction of jail for women
Sir, It is shocking that the authorities have decided to construct a jail for women in the Gandhi Market area the most congested area in the city. In Chennai, the Central Prison near the Chennai Central Railway Station was shifted since it was in the heart of the city.
The Central Prison campus in Ponmalai in Tiruchi is very big and it would be advisable to construct the women's prison in the campus. Instead of pursuing a proposal, mooted long back, to locate the women's prison in the heart of the city, the land owned by the Prison Department at Gandhi Market could be used for putting up some other more useful building to the public.
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