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Black market

Sir - In The Hindu dated April 2, 2005, it is mentioned that there is no shortage of revenue stamps. But the fact is that a regular black market exists here. Re. 1 stamps are sold for Rs. 4 in all petty shops. All post offices should be advised to display boards that read `Revenue stamps available.'

S. Sathyanarayanan,

president,

Salem Dharmapuri Chamber of Commerce,

Salem.

Road tax

Sir - Recently, I went to pay road tax for my L.M.V. purchased in 2000. From 2001 to 2004 I had paid yearly tax. This year the authorities refused to accept yearly tax and advised me to pay life tax. They quoted a G.O. stating that vehicles purchased after 1998 should pay life tax. It will cost me Rs. 7,000.

The authorities concerned should understand my plight and allow people like me to pay yearly road tax.

R. Nagarajan,

Salem.

Fleecing

Sir - My wife and I reached Coimbatore by the Coimbatore Express 1013 on March 22, 2005 after a stay of 10 days in Yadgir (Gulbarga district), and took a call taxi to our home, 5 km away. We were in for a surprise when the electronic fare meter said `Rs. 37.50 Night'. I asked the driver to convert the meter for day fare, Rs. 30, to which pat came the reply: "The fare was revised a fortnight back." I was not aware of the local developments in my absence. I told him that I had paid normal rates when I used a call taxi to come to the railway station. I agreed to pay him the higher rates, and informed him that I would verify with the Traffic and RTO Departments regarding the hike.

The taxi driver brought us back to the railway station. The call taxi drivers there endorsed the hike, which had been worked out by them locally and without being approved by any authority. The other regular call taxis, operating on approved rates were not permitted to park in the vicinity of the station. Authorities concerned should check this illegal practice.

S. Gopalan,

Coimbatore.

Facility needed

Sir - Kovaipudur, a fast developing suburb of Coimbatore, comprises large numbers of pensioners/non-pensioners. It is learnt that though there are two branches of public sector banks - State Bank of Hyderabad and Indian Overseas Bank - both are `not designated' to receive deposits under the newly introduced senior citizens' saving scheme (SCSS) at 9 per cent interest.

Residents who want to open the SCSS have to depend on local post office, or go to city (a distance of at least 8 km).

The authorities concerned may please permit any one of the banks to open accounts under SCSS.

It is also requested that existing SCSS account holders at the local post office be permitted to transfer the accounts to the PSB branch. Hope the RBI will look into this and do the needful.

B.R. Shetty,

Coimbatore.

Passport

Sir - Thanks to the Regional Passport Officer, Chennai, for opening a passport cell in Coimbatore (Collectorate) and introducing a user-friendly application form for the applicants. But a major omission is that the suitable column for mentioning the nearest police station of the applicant is missing. This makes the applicant run pillar to post. recently an engineering graduate who applied for the passport had to shuttle between Bombay/Chennai and Coimbatore since the applicant's format was tossed from the Thudiyalur Police Station to the Sai Baba Colony Police Station for want of precise location of the police station.

It would be appreciable if a rubber stamp was affixed to mention the police station name.

C.M.Jeyaraam,

vice-president

Citizens' Voice Club,

Coimbatore.

Medical seats

Sir - All efforts of freshers will be wasted if seniors are allowed to corner 40 per cent to 45 per cent of the seats available for medicine.

The merit list may be drawn up for both the categories according to the number of seats available. There after, the candidates who come from improvement stream may be taken out from the general pool and offered admissions creating additional seats in colleges. To fill up vacancies arising out of this process, mere freshers may be drawn out from the same list and offered admissions. Treating freshers on a par with the candidates from improvement stream is quite unfair.

K. Soundarya,

Std. XII,

Avila H.S.S.,

Coimbatore.

Substation installation

Sir - It is learnt that the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board has a proposal to install a substation (110/11 K.V. capacity) in Gobichettipalayam. The Western parts of Gobichettipalayam is fast developing with many new residential colonies and its southern parts are connected with villages. Sufficient land can be acquired at Nallagoundampalayam for erecting the substation and constructing staff quarters.

M.T. Karunakaran,

Gobichettipalayam.

Bill payment

Sir - I read your news that 13 water lines were disconnected in the city and Rs. 1.37 crores were paid by the evening by the residents. In Australia and New Zealand, residents are very prompt and pay the bills as soon as they get them.

With Rs. 10 crores stated to be arrears, the Corporation authorities seem to have taken credit for collections, resolving to disconnect water supply. The Corporation officials should introduce a more convenient system of paying bills.

S. Nagappan,

Tirupur.

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