Don't leave us

in the `dark'

Unscheduled power cuts during nights have become very common these days. For hours together, people have to grope in the darkness. A collective effort by the electricity staff is needed to ensure proper supply. The officials should clearly clarify the exact reason for this problem. Power interruptions have indeed become an unbearable problem for the residents of Poranki area. I request the authorities concerned to take steps to solve this problem.

L.V.S. Kameswara Rao

Vijayawada

Illegal designs

In spite of increasing number of accidents involving autorickshaws, the Government has not taken steps to educate the drivers. It is well known that the autorickshaws are now designed to carry more occupants than permitted. For instance, an autorickshaw that should have a capacity to carry three passengers has facilities to carry eight. Passengers are seated on either side of the driver. Since the design and approval of the autos is under the Centre's control, the State Government should request the Centre to approve only those designs that can accommodate three passengers. Violators should be penalised heavily.

Bhavani Durga A.

Vijayawada

Promote olive

Olive oil is good for health, but is not within the reach of the common man because of its cost - Rs. 90 for 100 ml. When so many plant species not native to India (like tomato, potato and papaya) could be grown here, why not olive? Before Indian cultivators could do this, arrangements may be made to import olive oil and supply it through the retail market, which may bring down its cost.

H. Kalyan Rao

Guntur

Industrialists in

Parliament

The coming together of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) and Shiva Sena to choose Rahul Bajaj as a candidate for Rajya Sabha is a welcome step. The vacancy had resulted from the death of BJP general secretary Pramod Mahajan. The selection of an industrialist is apt, as the services of the industry are needed in Parliament.

B.V. Subrahmanya Sastry

Bapatla

Kalam got it right

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has rightly acted in returning the Office of Profit Bill to the Parliament for reconsideration and demonstrated that he is not a rubber stamp. The post is not a decorative one. We are fortunate enough to have such people at the helm especially when politicians do wrong to protect certain individuals. Any bill should aim at the larger interests of the public.

K. Kameswara Rao

Mortha

Alternatives to

fuel price hike

The steep hike in petroleum products is arbitrary. In effecting the increase for the sixth time in two years, the United Progress Alliance Government at the Centre has shown its utter insensitivity to people's concerns. The Centre should have taken cognisance of the note circulated by the Left parties suggesting alternatives to the price increase. A reduction in the relevant taxes should have been the first option. States have been reluctant to bring down their sales tax on petroleum products and are least bothered about lessening the burden on the people. An immediate rollback of the hike is all what needs to be done.

D. Mohana Rao

Ongole

Train youth for jobs

Unemployed youth in this country should be trained on vocations free of cost or at a nominal fee. They should be exposed to latest trends and be absorbed into suitable jobs. They should be given a chance to work in institutes like SemIndia Fab City. P. Anjaneyulu

Kanigiri

Pro-poor Government?

The hike in petrol and diesel prices is unjust. This is the sixth time fuel prices are hiked since the United Progressive Alliance took charge. This Government is playing havoc with the commoner. The price rise is bound to trigger a chain reaction resulting in a cascading effect on the prices of essential services and commodities. I pray to the Union Government to consider a rollback of the hike. The Government should prove that it is pro-poor.

K.V. Dora Babu

Mortha

TTD must build

wedding halls

I appeal to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) to consider building more kalyana mandapams (wedding halls) at Tirumala itself. Private `kalyana mandapams' are charging hefty rents and cannot accommodate all weddings either.

K. Nagaraja Rao

Kavali