It was a surprise to read the report “Post Bank of India: a missed opportunity for UPA-II” (“Business”, April 4), which points out that the UPA missed an opportunity to grant banking licences to the Department of Posts. On the contrary, the fact is that thousands of post offices in India do function as banks with the widest network of branches throughout the length and breadth of this vast country. One need not necessarily visit the postal bank to obtain these services because such transactions are allowed to be carried out through authorised messengers. If the RBI and the government feel the necessity to make the postal bank more customer-friendly, the least they can do is to put up a board at all post offices that reads, “you are welcome to the postal bank.”

T.K.D. Nair,

Kozhikode

Why an exemption?

This refers to the letter, “Exemption for disabled” (April 2). I am a person with a disability, a doctor in a government medical college in Delhi. The letter writer says the Chief Commissioner of Disabilities has requested the Election Commission to exempt disabled persons from being deployed for election-related duty. Such a move will only harm the cause of equality. I do not see any reason why the disabled cannot take on additional work which is in the national service. I have raised complaints and filed RTI petitions when electors with disabilities have faced problems in the Delhi elections. There are a number of NGOs in the field of disability working to make the Delhi elections the most accessible ever. Based on our inputs, there is a registration link on the Delhi Election Commission website to help electors with disabilities. There must be concerted efforts to tackle the barriers of attitude.

Satendra Singh,

New Delhi

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