The products produced by government units (be it Central or state) are often found below par in quality, packing, pricing etc. Of late, I observe that Aavin milk is poor in quantity, packing, distribution and timing of delivery. Most of the days the seal which should have the date of manufacture and expiry is not found on the cover. Unless the Aavin company takes corrective measures people will lose faith in the company’s products.

R. Nagarajan,

Salem.

Electric crematorium

The government should set up an electric crematorium in every village, town and city which could be used by all communities. This will eliminate all differences in respect of caste, community and religion.

G.N. Devaraj,

Bhavanisagar.

Unveil the statue

This has reference to the report ‘Steps to improve civic amenities’ (Feb. 18). While welcoming the assurance given by the Udhagamandalam Municipal Commissioner that necessary steps would be initiated to improve civic amenities, including repair works on footpaths and damaged railings, one would like to draw the attention of all concerned to the statue covered with plastic sheets at the traffic junction opposite Ooty railway station. One wonders why the authorities are not taking any steps to unveil this statue?

P. U. Krishnan,

Udhgamandalam.

Gas cylinder supply

After booking for gas cylinders consumers have to wait indefinitely. The waiting period ranges from 10 to 15 days. A computerised receipt showing the booking date and the approximate date of supply should be issued to the consumers when the booking is done. This will obviate unnecessary anxiety or tension.

M.S. Sankaran,

Palani.

Railway budget

The interim railway budget has announced a cut in passenger fares, proposals for new trains, new lines, gauge conversion and doubling of new track, all of which have brought cheer to the public. But on the top of all these improvements must come cleanliness of railway compartments. Some of the compartments, to say the least, are not fit for travelling in, so much so that train journey becomes a tearful affair. Every year must see some improvement in the amenities provided to the travelling public.

A part of the total surplus money gained over the years by the railways could be utilised for employing conservancy staff to keep the compartments spick and span. The money that is spent on this is good investment in health, hygiene and aesthetics.

S. Venkatachalam,

Coimbatiore.

Widen road

This refers to the report ‘Farmers to intensify stir’ (Feb. 15). I suggest an alternative to forming a new bypass from Neelambur to Mettupalayam. Already there is a road from Avinashi to Mettupalayam via Annur. This road can be widened and be made into a four-lane road. Vehicles bound for Mettupalayam, Ooty, Mysore and beyond from Chennai side can be diverted through this road. This will help ease congestion on Avinashi-Coimbatore Road. Laying out a good road from Coimbatore to Mettupalayam is necessary.

S. Kuppuswamy,

Coimbatore.

Moral guards

I read with amusement the reports of moral guards making lovers tie thalis or rakhis. There is no need to worry about this as it is just a piece of string unless accompanied by the consent of both the parties. The easiest solution to deal with the moral guards is: girls should tie a yellow string around their necks when they venture out.

A.P. Suresh,

Coimbatore.

Globalising ayurveda

The paramount importance of ayurveda, the traditional system of Indian medicine, has been well presented in the feature ‘Personality of the week’ (Feb. 16) on Mr. P.R. Krishnakumar who has been conferred with Padma Shri this year. People around the globe have begun to accept ayurveda as an effective cure for many ailments and have deep faith in the system. Mr. Krishnakumar has rightly called ayurveda the medicine of the future. He has made sincere efforts to promote it.

Y.V. Visveswaran,

Coimbatore. (Readers can mail to cbereaders@thehindu.co.in with address and phone number)

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